Island Park is an OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) friendly place. This includes ATVs, UTVs (a.k.a. side-by-sides) and dirt motorcycles. Basically you can ride a registered (in any state) OHV on any road in Island Park except Highway 20.
There are many trails and dirt roads available to travel around Island Park. It would take several days to explore all the possible roads. Below I will highlight some of our favorite ATV\UTV rides and destinations.Mountain Life Team Island Park Id Rrtrail
West Yellowstone, Montana
It is always fun to take new visitors to Island Park on a ride to West Yellowstone for lunch and maybe some tourist store shopping.
West Yellowstone sits at the Eastern Gate of Yellowstone National Park and offers many places to eat and lots of shops to look in.
There are a couple of ways to get to West Yellowstone, but the easiest way is up Black Canyon (FS Road 066) to the old Yellowstone Line Trail that will take you into Montana and to West Yellowstone.
Depending where you leave from in Island Park this is usually a good 50-mile round-trip ride. Plan on getting dusty in the heat of the Summer and pack plenty of water. There are plenty of beautiful places to stop on the way to take a trail break.
Around the Island Park Reservoir
You have to get to Yale-Kilgore Road, which runs west off of Highway 20 and take it to Old Shotgun Road. The ATV Trail system can be followed all the way there.
Old Shotgun Road runs for several miles through the open sagebrush country on the north side of Island Park Reservoir.
Eventually you will get to a junction where there is a corral on the corner. Going left, or due south, takes you around the west end of the reservoir and around the south side to Green Canyon. This is a good place for a break with the reservoir nearby and lots of shade in the forest.
After Green Canyon the road goes up and over Thurmon Ridge and eventually comes out to Highway 20 near the Harriman State Park turnoff.
Here you have to cross Highway 20 to follow the ATV trail into Last Chance., a good stop for gas, food and a cold drink.
From Last Chance you can continue follow the main ATV trail that runs through Island Park. That will take you to the Buffalo River and Pond’s Lodge, which also has food and drink available.
From Pond’s Lodge you can get to anywhere in Island Park following the ATV trail system and complete the loop around the reservoir. All told this is around 40 miles.