Why should I drive the Island Park Scenic Drive?
If you are traveling to or from Eastern Idaho, you'll most likely find that your driving route goes through Island Park. With so much to do and see, it's worth taking a bit of extra time to explore the area. Here are the attractions along the way, from north to south:
- Henry's Lake State Park: Spend the day boating or stay for a night at their campground.
- Fishing the Henry's Fork: Easily accessible right from US 20, Henry's Fork is any anglers dream come true.
- Big Springs: Feed the fish, visit a historic cabin, tube or raft the Big Springs to Macks Inn.
- Camping: There are a dozen forest service campgrounds along the Island Park Main Street. They fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early.
- Mesa Falls Scenic Byway: Drive this side loop to one of the most stunning waterfalls around.
- Harriman State Park: Enjoy hiking trails and horseback riding.
Where does the Island Scenic Drive begin and end?
From West Yellowstone, drive west on US 20. The road will go over a low pass and then descend into Island Park, known for its 35 mile long Main Street. You'll see Henry's Lake as you descend into Island Park and from here to the turnoff for Harriman State Park, which marks the end of this scenic drive, there is much to do and see.
How long does it take to drive?
The drive from West Yellowstone to the southern end of Island Park takes about 45 minutes if you just drive straight through. We suggest stopping and seeing some of the sites, so you might want to plan on anywhere from a couple of hours to the entire day.