Hiking & Trails

Wellington Snow Park (Easy)

The Wellington Snow Park at Smiths Ferry is a starting point for many snowmobile adventures.

The park is about 60 miles from Boise off Idaho 55. It serves as the trailhead to 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area.

Many of the trails from the Wellington Snow Park are groomed logging roads, and elevations range from about 5,000 feet up to 8,000 feet.

Riders who want to blaze their own paths across the snow can go off trail through some meadows within a few miles of the parking area. The meadows are great places for beginners to learn how to ride a snowmobile.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take Idaho 55 about 60 miles north of Boise to Smiths Ferry. The warming hut and parking lot are on the west side of the highway.

Open to: Snowmobilers and anyone else who wants to use the trails. The trails are paid for by snowmobile registration fees.

Ideal for: Snowmobilers who want trails, a warming hut and food nearby.

Trailhead elevation: 4,540 feet.

Destination elevation: Up to 8,000 feet.

Length: Varies. There are about 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Difficulty: Easy on the groomed trails and as hard as you want to make it off trail.

Out and back or loop: The trails are a series of loops.

Wildlife you might see: Not much in winter.

Notes/bathrooms: Wellington has bathrooms and a great warming hut that's more like a mini lodge.

Information: Head up there and check it out for yourself.

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