Teton Valley Cabins sits just 5 miles from the Targhee National Forest boundary, offering us and our guests easy access to a number of well maintained scenic trails. The Caribou Targhee National Forest spans the southeastern border of Idaho, encompassing pieces of Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. It is home to Grand Targhee Ski Area and creates the western border for Grand Teton National Park. In fact, some may enjoy a day long adventure of walking through the national forest into Grand Teton National Park by foot.
As the western foothills of the Teton Range, it is not surprising how many trailheads, camping areas, and beautiful views the Targhee National Forest offers its visitors. Here are some suggestions for local access to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest:
Teton Canyon is about 10 miles east of the cabins. Follow signs off of Ski Hill Road toward Teton Canyon Campground. In the winter months, this forest access road is a great starting point for cross country skiers and snowshoers. At the campground you will find the trailhead for North Teton Canyon Trail, leading to South Leigh Trail and Table Mountain; both are moderate day hikes. A little further up the road you can park at the upper parking area to hike along South Teton Canyon, an easy to moderate trail that follows a stream for the majority of the way up to Alaska Basin, a beautiful destination that rests behind the Tetons. An alternate and more strenuous route follows Devil’s Staircase up to Death Canyon Shelf.
Darby Canyon, Badger Creek, and Coal Creek are also great trailheads for day hikes. Grab a map at the Teton Basin Ranger Station just south of Driggs on the left hand side and make sure to bring plenty of water.