Cities and Towns
of Eastern Idaho
Better known as the Yellowstone-Teton region, Eastern Idaho is located less than an hour's drive from West Yellowstone, Montana and is home to the famed Teton Valley. The region serves as a gateway to several popular recreation areas, including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, both of which are destination points for anglers, skiers and snowmobilers.
The small towns of Tetonia, Driggs and Victor make up the Teton Valley and sit at an average elevation of 6,500 feet. Hiking, boating, backcountry skiing and fly-fishing are among its most popular attractions, as well as its abundant snowfall, which averages 500 inches a year. For those who don't want to heli-ski or cross-country, there is Kelly Canyon Ski Area, outside the town of Ririe, on Highway 26. The intermediate-level ski area has a summit elevation of 6,600 feet.
In Rexburg, visitors can learn about the Teton flood of 1976 that occurred when the Teton Dam gave way and inundated the towns of Wilford, Sugar City and Rexburg. Eighty million gallons rolled through the valley area, flooding much of Rexburg. The walls of the museum still show the high water mark from the flood.
Eastern Idaho is intersected by several rivers, offering ideal settings for fly-fishing and other summer recreation. Reservoirs, such as the Ririe and Island Park reservoirs dot the region as well, and are popular destinations for boating and waterskiing. The town of Island Park, at the northern end of the region, hosts a winter festival each January that is initiated with a nighttime snowmobile torchlight parade. Abundant snow and cold temperatures make the perfect setting for its annual chili cook off.
Rankin Motel. 120 S. Yellowstone Highway, PO Box 628, Ashton, ID 83420. Phone: 208-652-3570.
As the name suggests, a waterfall is the centerpiece of this community of 50,000 people. It can be enjoyed in a walk or cycle through the 14 mile Snake River Greenbelt.
It is worth complimenting a visit to the Teton Flood Museum with a visit to the dam site on the Teton River, to gain an understanding of what it was like when in June 1976, the dam collapsed sending 80 billion gallons of roaring water through the valley.
At just 10 million years old, the Grand Tetons are the youngest mountains in the Rockies. In fact, they are still growing at about an inch every hundred years, currently reaching to 13,722 feet in height. It was at Pierre's Hole, now known as the Teton Valley, that the fur trappers and mountain men of the 18th century held their annual rendezvous. Their coming together from all parts of northern America is remembered in the Driggs Rendezvous Celebration, held each August.
This is a sophisticated web cam of the Teton Valley, north of Driggs. Includes current weather conditions.
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