Idaho's Teton Basin Ranger District

Teton Basin Ranger District 

The spectacular Grand Teton Range is home to outdoor activity, including hiking, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing. Bathed in deciduous greenery, the wilderness comes alive with wildlife, including deer, grizzly bears, elk, and moose. Birding opportunities might include the chance at coming across a Bald Eagle or Osprey.

Mike Harris Campground

The splendid Mike Harris Campground and natural campsites are located within the heavily wooded pines of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest along the scenic Teton Pass at an elevation of 6,200 feet within the Mikesell Canyon area. 

Choose from 12 natural campsites, each with its fire pit alongside the free-flowing waters of Trail Creek and the Mike Harris Creek. Also, find picnic tables on-site as well as places to store food safely away from area wildlife. Campers frequently review this camp as an all-around positive experience.

Nestled in Teton County, the territory trails in this area are pretty popular. From the campground, access and surrounded by picturesque scenery, is the Mike Sell Canyon Trail, Victor to Driggs Rail-Trail, Upper Palisades Lake Trail, Lower Palisades Lake Trail, Palisades Creek Trailhead, and Creek Trailhead.

Are you heading into town? Traveling into the city of Victor, Idaho, only takes a few minutes and is home to the neat Victor Heritage Museum. Take a hot air balloon ride and check out the Teton Mountain Range from a bird's eye viewpoint or head over to grab some ice cream at one of the local shops. Take delight in rental options for outdoor sports, consider a day of horseback riding, or perhaps head over to the Grand Targhee Ski Lodge, which offers trails ideal for winter exploration and sports or summer trail riding and trekking.

The Mike Harris Campground is a seasonal location. This area does not offer plowing services to the campground areas during the winter season; the surrounding area comes to life with opportunities for cross country skiing, fat bike trails, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and various winter activities when the region becomes a winter wonderland and a stage for winter activities galore.

Positioned about 30 minutes to Jackson & the Teton National park, this excellent destination is ideally revered as the "Gateway to the Tetons." Heading the opposite direction over the pass will lead travelers to Swan Valley and the pristine waters of the Snake River.

Regional attractions include:

Alaska Basin sits nestled at an elevation of around 9,500 feet (Sunset Lake) and presents a flurry of emerald green evergreens contrasted by the windswept aspens spotted across the terrain. Astounding scenery transcends into enthralling views overlooking Mt. Jedediah Smith, The Wedge, and Mt. Meek. Battleship Mountain, Veiled Peak, Buck Mountain, and Mt. Meek. Aspen Trail is commonly accessed and utilized for backpacking, hiking, nature trips, landscape & nature photography, wildlife viewing, dispersed camping, birding, lake, and river access. Reported wildlife viewing includes pika, marmots, and bighorn sheep, to name a few. Sunsets from this location are said to be one of a kind and worth the effort. Don't forget to consider bringing a water filter if gathering water from one of the streams is preferred, perhaps some repellent, proper gear and clothing for inclement weather, various bear deterrent methods, and sunscreen for maximum comfort. The terrain boasts views of soaring cliffs, pristine lakes, babbling brooks and churning streams, vast open fields decked with vibrantly colored wildflowers, dramatic mountain peak views, and, depending on the time of year, snowy vistas. Alaskan Basin-Buck Mountain Pass (026) commences at Trail 008 and comes to a close at Trail 027 Buck Mt. Pass. panoramas of extraordinary views are offered from the pass Scenic views overlooking the diverse topography are noteworthy of the fantastic land formations that adorn this unique destination.

Last-minute additions to the travel bag might include emergency supplies, paper plates, water bottles, 2-way radio. If dispersed camping is for any reason, you may want to pack in a small shovel and hand wipes. Other items campers commonly forget to pack or accidentally leave behind include personal medications, stroke gauze pads, scissors, bee sting kit, first aid manual, and supplies.

Trail options galore may be found within the Teton Ranger District. Area exploration is a hot ticket item in this portion of the state, and it's clearly outlined with all that is offered when it comes to trail options.

Regional trails include:

Andy Stone Trail, otherwise known as Pole Canyon Trail (014), lies South of Victor, ID. This commonly traveled trail offers mixed-use for mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers alike. Traverse the pleasant terrain on this uphill grade moderately demanding trek across steep rock sections of the mountain. Described as ideal for expert class adventures, the trail may be combined with other area trails to create a loop.

Southeastern Idaho is also home to various campsites on BLM land including:

St Anthony Sand Dunes / Egin Lakes Campground - (BLM)

St. Anthony Sand Dunes is a wild and sandy oasis of starry-filled nights. Thirsty for fun-filled days digging into the dunes, coasting down a sea of sand, or drifting off into a dream of seemingly endless sunburnt slopes? St. Anthony Sand Dunes Egin Lakes Camp Ground is the way to go! Mighty and trackless the terrain will keep you busy enjoying one of Idaho's abundantly rich yet not so hidden treasures.

Boundless exploring among the wonderfully desolate dunes will have you ready for a good night's rest after an evening campfire, a sizzling dinner, safari stories, or whatever camp favorites you might have in store. Bask in the burnt red and orange glow of the sunset giving rise to the whole desert experience.

Soak up the glow of the brightest full moon as sleepiness draws nearer and as the sandy hills seem to roll off into the far away abyss as drifting off to sleep comes with ease.

Each morning brings about a new canvas unique to the day! Experiencing immense silence amid the salty sands is not something money can buy.

Another way to approach camping, occasionally referred to as "glamping," encompasses creating as luxurious an environment as possible. The term glamping is relatively a new concept involving gigantic oversized tents, air mattresses, a source of electricity, and occasionally bringing equipment for music and television. When it comes to glamping food, it's typically fancy, with hors d'oeuvres, a platter of choice foods, and drinks.

When the new day approaches, drag out the quads, side by side, bikes, toys, sunscreen, and extra water. Hiking, backpacking, sand sledding, sandboarding, fat tire biking, photography, and e-biking are the beginning of all the fun that can be had at St. Anthony Sand Dunes and Egin campground.

When loading up your dirt bike, be sure to bring your paddle tire air for a day of adventure on world-renowned sands. Whether launching into big air or drifting into the desolate desert dunes, teaming up for area exploration, firing up for a competition, or hanging out enjoying the show, endless adventures are waiting.

This destination is located approximately 40 miles from the city of Idaho Falls and about 300 +/- miles from the city of Boise.

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