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    Any recommendations on places to stay with access to trails?
    We were at Milwaukee show and picked up some information on Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone. Anyone have some hidden gems they would be willing to share. Our group is about 5-6 riders.
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    check out islandparksnowmobiling.com or islandparkcabingandlodges.com.....they have huge cabins, rentals, and are right in the middle of all the good riding. If you want a group to hook up with or would like your sleds hauled out, pm me for details on affordable rates and packages.

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    If you are driving from the midwest (say the greater chicagoland area), how much further is the Island Park area than the Togwotee area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    If you are driving from the midwest (say the greater chicagoland area), how much further is the Island Park area than the Togwotee area?
    I think it is 40-50 miles if that. Togwotee I go out on 80 and IP I take 90. Tog. from Grand Rapids, Mi is 25 hrs. and to IP was 26hrs. stopping only for gas.

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    Polarisrider1/Jmom800X,
    Thanks for the websites - a lot of great information.

    JMOM - do your trips have pickup/dropoffs in Illinois? We are close to the Wisconsin/Il border (I94)

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    We stayed at Pond's Lodge last year, very happy with everything there. New and some remodeled cabins, great food, nice people. We rented from a place just down the road from them, got a discount because we were staying at Pond's. The timing was great as they just got dumped on, most snow I've ever ridden in all of the trips we've been out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    I think it is 40-50 miles if that. Togwotee I go out on 80 and IP I take 90. Tog. from Grand Rapids, Mi is 25 hrs. and to IP was 26hrs. stopping only for gas.
    I assumed it would be quite a bit longer, just looking at the map. I didn't want to rely on mapquest for going through the mountains, that's why I asked here. I haven't heard a lot about the Island Park area until this year...can someone who has been to both compare/contrast it to the Togwotee area?

    I should not have made my 2nd trip to the Tog area last year...the thin air is in my blood now I think and I want to go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    I assumed it would be quite a bit longer, just looking at the map. I didn't want to rely on mapquest for going through the mountains, that's why I asked here. I haven't heard a lot about the Island Park area until this year...can someone who has been to both compare/contrast it to the Togwotee area?

    I should not have made my 2nd trip to the Tog area last year...the thin air is in my blood now I think and I want to go back.
    IP is at lower altitude, sleeping is easier, IP has lots of gas stations, places to eat, tons more places to stay, Trails are set up to make it less likely to get lost. IP is a smaller riding area over all. IP you will need to buy Idaho and Montana trail permits. Tog. is much more vast, remote. Tog. you will need just Wyoming trail permit. Cooke City is also fun, but much more intense with more Avy areas. I like them all. I found that riding in Tog. area and staying at Lava mtn. with it's lower elevation makes sleeping much easier. I feel that at Togwotee you should have a guide and IP you can get by without one if you have GPS and the trail map they provide. IP is more self explanitory than Togwotee. All three have beautiful scenery. Snowies was not for me, no gas by mtn., windy most all the time (99%) had to trailer up everyday,etc. but I have been told I was not in the right area there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    ...can someone who has been to both compare/contrast it to the Togwotee area?
    While I have not ridden IP, we were setting up a trip to go there a year or two ago and I was told by the person who was to be our guide (and others that have ridden there) that we all needed to bring gas cans because it is a 15-20 mile ride from town just to get to the off trail spots. Off trail riding at Tog starts about 1/4 mile away from the lodge.

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    Chicago to IP is around 1,500 miles one way.
    Chicago to Tog is around 1,400 miles one way.
    Chicago to Snowys is around 1,150 miles one way

    As far a riding areas....being that IP and Tog are only 100 miles apart, the terrain is much alike. At each place you can find a huge variety of differing areas to ride. IP has around 600 miles of groomed trails and Tog also has around 600 miles of trails. Both offer about the same amount of 'open' areas at around 2.5 million acres.

    As Wayne said, at tog you are ON the mountain and at IP you are comfortably in the valley. That being said, at IP you will have a short distance to the hills, some closer than others. The same can be said for Tog if you plan to venture to the well know riding areas ie Austin, Brooks, Lava, Leighty. It all depends on what area of each place you would like to go. At Island Park you can rely on the trails to take you to some great sights. At Tog, rely on their guides or you will miss a lot.

    IF you ride out of West Yellowstone, MT you will need both permits since most of the riding area is in IP.
    However if you ride out of IP, buying a Montana permit and visiting Montana is not necessary unless you want miles or just for the experience.

    Being that they are so close I think it is all a matter of opinion to the rider. Do you like Pepsi Cola or Coke?
    These would be the 3 most important factors.
    How much do you want to spend?
    Would you like more amenities or less options?
    What type of riding would you like to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeVilla View Post
    Polarisrider1/Jmom800X,
    Thanks for the websites - a lot of great information.

    JMOM - do your trips have pickup/dropoffs in Illinois? We are close to the Wisconsin/Il border (I94)
    We do pick up / drop off in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, ND, and SD.
    We hit the 90/94 corridor almost every trip.....
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    Thanks for all the info. It is helpful.

    As far as what we like to ride, we're essentially midwest trail riders that wanted to go out West to ride off-trail. So the two times we went, we went to Togwotee as it seems to be THE all-around best spot to go for off-trail riding, at least from what I've read on this site. We didn't consider the snowies, even though it is quite a bit closer, because I've read on here and elsewhere that you have to know where you are going, and that wind is frequently an issue, conditions change quickly, etc. We didn't and probably wouldn't consider Cooke right now because it seems to be too extreme for our riding. Just don't want to mess with the increased avalanche risks, etc., and none of us are extreme riders. The last time we went, we rode for 4 days - the 1st and 3rd with Lefty as a guide and the 2nd and 4th on our own. That worked out really well for us, as the days we rode with Lefty we learned a ton and experienced a ton, all while riding areas we would never do on our own. But it was nice to mix in a couple more leisurely days were we got to do our own exploring. Those were great days also.

    So, to answer jmom's questions, we are intermediate off-trail riders AT BEST (probably closer to beginner), and we enjoy learning new skills as well as exploring. We wouldn't mind riding 15-20 miles to get to the playgrounds, as long as it isn't 3 ft moguls the whole way. Amenities such as food and bars are way down the list for us. As long as we can enjoy a few drinks at the end of the night, we are happy. The two times we rode the Tog area, we stayed at Turpin Meadow to save some $, although we ended up riding with guides from Tog the 2nd trip anyway. Sled rental would be required, as we all currently own trail sleds. And cost is a consideration, although taking a trip that far from home and renting sleds is going to be a certain amount of money no matter what, so I wouldn't want to ruin the trip to try to save $100.

    It will probably be 2 seasons from now before the next trip West, but I'm interested in learning all I can about the various locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    IP is at lower altitude, sleeping is easier, IP has lots of gas stations, places to eat, tons more places to stay, Trails are set up to make it less likely to get lost. IP is a smaller riding area over all. IP you will need to buy Idaho and Montana trail permits. Tog. is much more vast, remote. Tog. you will need just Wyoming trail permit. Cooke City is also fun, but much more intense with more Avy areas. I like them all. I found that riding in Tog. area and staying at Lava mtn. with it's lower elevation makes sleeping much easier. I feel that at Togwotee you should have a guide and IP you can get by without one if you have GPS and the trail map they provide. IP is more self explanitory than Togwotee. All three have beautiful scenery. Snowies was not for me, no gas by mtn., windy most all the time (99%) had to trailer up everyday,etc. but I have been told I was not in the right area there.
    I had trouble sleeping last time we were out there. I never considered the altitude as an issue. We were at Turpin, which is 8 miles from Tog but at a little bit lower altitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    I had trouble sleeping last time we were out there. I never considered the altitude as an issue. We were at Turpin, which is 8 miles from Tog but at a little bit lower altitude.
    Sleeping good at higher altitude is tough for me. At Tog. I prefer to stay at Lava Mtn. lodge because of lower altitude. Sleeping at Cooke and IP was not an either. If I was you I would do next trip to IP. Great food and lodging. Gas is abundant at many locations. trails are self explanitory. Post #11 by Jacob is perfect for information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Administrator View Post
    While I have not ridden IP, we were setting up a trip to go there a year or two ago and I was told by the person who was to be our guide (and others that have ridden there) that we all needed to bring gas cans because it is a 15-20 mile ride from town just to get to the off trail spots. Off trail riding at Tog starts about 1/4 mile away from the lodge.

    -John
    John, Cooke City is the place you will haul gas especially if you go to Top of the world. At IP riding out at the greatest distance, most remote area, even with Joe (winter_time) and his Dad (traveler) to kegs creek and back side of Mt. Jefferson we did not need to be concerned with gas. We got gas, lunch and a beer at "Shotgun, ID" a wonderful town of about 8-10 people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmom800x View Post
    Chicago to IP is around 1,500 miles one way.
    Chicago to Tog is around 1,400 miles one way.
    Chicago to Snowys is around 1,150 miles one way

    As far a riding areas....being that IP and Tog are only 100 miles apart, the terrain is much alike. At each place you can find a huge variety of differing areas to ride. IP has around 600 miles of groomed trails and Tog also has around 600 miles of trails. Both offer about the same amount of 'open' areas at around 2.5 million acres.

    As Wayne said, at tog you are ON the mountain and at IP you are comfortably in the valley. That being said, at IP you will have a short distance to the hills, some closer than others. The same can be said for Tog if you plan to venture to the well know riding areas ie Austin, Brooks, Lava, Leighty. It all depends on what area of each place you would like to go. At Island Park you can rely on the trails to take you to some great sights. At Tog, rely on their guides or you will miss a lot.

    IF you ride out of West Yellowstone, MT you will need both permits since most of the riding area is in IP.
    However if you ride out of IP, buying a Montana permit and visiting Montana is not necessary unless you want miles or just for the experience.

    Being that they are so close I think it is all a matter of opinion to the rider. Do you like Pepsi Cola or Coke?These would be the 3 most important factors.
    How much do you want to spend?
    Would you like more amenities or less options?
    What type of riding would you like to do?

    PEPSI

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
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    http://www.islandparksnowmobiling.co...biling_Map.jpg John I will find a map showing the gas stations on it. They are spaced out all along hwy.20 between West yellowstone and IP and to the south of IP. There are even snowmobile dealers out in the middle of nowhere on hwy.20. Ask Joe he was at a few of them.

    As one can see from this map that the trails run around most of the mtns. and they are loop trails. This makes IP expolring very easy and far less likely to get lost. I have seen 121 and 136" sleds running all around out there having a great time. IP is a great place for people who want a real mix of riding and if anything should go wrong still be able to walk out for help, unlike Wawa and Cooke City which are far more remote.
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    http://www.islandparkchamber.org/tmap.html This map shows many but not all fuel spots. There also is Shotgun Bar/store/post office, gas station and a few brand new gas stations on hwy. 20 that are not on the map. Cooke City on the other hand has 2 gas stations in town and that's it. If you do Top of the world east out of Cooke you need Montana and Wyoming trail permits, Afull tank of gas and min. 3 gallons of spare gas. I strapped on a 5 gallon can for the ride over and buried the can In the snow saving it for the trip back.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Park,_Idaho Town is 500' wide by 33 miles long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    As one can see from this map that the trails run around most of the mtns. and they are loop trails. This makes IP expolring very easy and far less likely to get lost. I have seen 121 and 136" sleds running all around out there having a great time. .
    I've even ran across a whole group of vintage sleds tooling around the trails at IP. And vintage sleds on TOP of Two Tops Mountain, now that was a sight even though the trail goes all the way up, still impressive to see vintage sleds rocking at 9,0000-10,000 ft.

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    This is Island Park riding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWm5NttGPo My very good friend Rob Byrd filmed it. Jacob is the guy with the HMK pull over with white insert. Note: this is not for promotional purpose of any kind. It is to show you the riding that I have enjoyed at IP. Youtube has much more on this location to help you get the idea of what is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    Thanks for all the info. It is helpful.
    So, to answer jmom's questions, we are intermediate off-trail riders AT BEST (probably closer to beginner), and we enjoy learning new skills as well as exploring. We wouldn't mind riding 15-20 miles to get to the playgrounds, as long as it isn't 3 ft moguls the whole way. Amenities such as food and bars are way down the list for us. As long as we can enjoy a few drinks at the end of the night, we are happy.

    Sled rental would be required, as we all currently own trail sleds. And cost is a consideration, although taking a trip that far from home and renting sleds is going to be a certain amount of money no matter what, so I wouldn't want to ruin the trip to try to save $100.
    Amenities ie....multiple dealers, lodging choices, parts stores, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, bars. Being 'on' the mountain can be a costly inconvenience at times.

    3 ft moguls are not a common occurrence on the trails out west. If you do find some, I recommend you pick another spot to ride for the day.

    Why rent, take your trail sled, get adjusted to the elevation, powder, mountain conditions and other factors for 3 days on over 600 miles of trails. Then rent for the experience or if conditions warrant it for a couple of days. This will save you more than 100 bucks. Then maybe you would not have to skip a season either.

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    This year IP trip we are driving out with Smurfriders wife's car. It is a turbo desiel VW wagon that gets 42-43 mpg's running at 70-75 mph. We have Smurfrider, Buck fifty and I riding together, may have room for one more. we split to fuel cost and driving and makes for a very economical trip out. Our sleds are shipped out but rentals are plentiful and of the latest models to choose from. An RMK Pro800 is around $185 per day. If anyone is interested in traveling out in Smurfriders wife's car we will be going approx. March 5-10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    http://www.islandparksnowmobiling.co...biling_Map.jpg John I will find a map showing the gas stations on it. They are spaced out all along hwy.20 between West yellowstone and IP and to the south of IP. There are even snowmobile dealers out in the middle of nowhere on hwy.20. Ask Joe he was at a few of them.

    As one can see from this map that the trails run around most of the mtns. and they are loop trails. This makes IP expolring very easy and far less likely to get lost. I have seen 121 and 136" sleds running all around out there having a great time. IP is a great place for people who want a real mix of riding and if anything should go wrong still be able to walk out for help, unlike Wawa and Cooke City which are far more remote.
    I was not trying to say anything bad about IP. I have heard LOTS of great things about it and someday I hope to get to experience it.

    With that said, we were not going to be riding to the south or to the east of IP. I was told by the guide and 3 others that live in eastern ID and ride the eastern ID/western WY area and who have ridden with our group that our group would not be satisfied with those areas you mentioned. That was why I mentioned the gas can thing as all said the same exact thing about what we would have to do if we stayed in IP and rode where we were going to be riding (not going to divulge any info on that for fear of giving up a good spot that perhaps only locals know about).

    Looks like if you want to ride between IP and West, you will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Administrator View Post
    I was not trying to say anything bad about IP. I have heard LOTS of great things about it and someday I hope to get to experience it.

    With that said, we were not going to be riding to the south or to the east of IP. I was told by the guide and 3 others that live in eastern ID and ride the eastern ID/western WY area and who have ridden with our group that our group would not be satisfied with those areas you mentioned. That was why I mentioned the gas can thing as all said the same exact thing about what we would have to do if we stayed in IP and rode where we were going to be riding (not going to divulge any info on that for fear of giving up a good spot that perhaps only locals know about).

    Looks like if you want to ride between IP and West, you will be fine.

    -John
    You surely will like it there. Most places to stay are on the Cauldron (flatland)Sleeping is at the 6000' riding is at 6800' for the most part. easy on the lungs and heart. Unlike Tog 9800 to 13,000 feet. (I like them all). I did give up a location in an earlier post, but it is for the serious to locate it. West riding is like Northern Ontario, never pass a gas station on a Poo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeVilla View Post
    Any recommendations on places to stay with access to trails?
    We were at Milwaukee show and picked up some information on Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone. Anyone have some hidden gems they would be willing to share. Our group is about 5-6 riders.
    Thanks in advance for your help
    I have stayed at the Kelly Inn 2x as part of a package. Pretty nice rooms, pool, hot tub and breakfast. The Holiday Inn has the added
    convenience of a bar and restaurant if that is what your group is looking for. It looked to be a pretty nice place. I have used Yellowstone Adventures several times for guide and rental. I think either IP or West are good places. I am looking foward to going back out there once my riding partner has the funds to go again.

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    I think Gas is less of a problem in Island Park than the Tog/Lava Mtn area. If you get down by the green River there was no gas in 09/10.The only time I had gas problems in IP is when my Wife left her Choke on. I usually had a min 140 mile range with my 600 Etec the last 3 years. My new 1200 4Tec may not go as far now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longtrack View Post
    I think Gas is less of a problem in Island Park than the Tog/Lava Mtn area. If you get down by the green River there was no gas in 09/10.The only time I had gas problems in IP is when my Wife left her Choke on. I usually had a min 140 mile range with my 600 Etec the last 3 years. My new 1200 4Tec may not go as far now.
    Dispite the fact that you ride high mpg sleds, do you agree that the average sled will be fine out there? Even riding out behind the "Sheep Cloning" station and back we had gas. Just fill up when you see a gas station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longtrack View Post
    I think Gas is less of a problem in Island Park than the Tog/Lava Mtn area. If you get down by the green River there was no gas in 09/10.The only time I had gas problems in IP is when my Wife left her Choke on. I usually had a min 140 mile range with my 600 Etec the last 3 years. My new 1200 4Tec may not go as far now.
    If you do Green River loop we hit centennial loop first and "Shotgun" for gas. The Gas station on the main drag will call Shotgun for you to check if they are even there let alone have gas before you venture out.

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    Planning is everything. We almost ran our Sleds out in the Black Hills last year when we went all the way to the south end. We put $140 in 4 Sleds when we got back to Rec Springs. I think the Big Horns could be a Gas problem, I had to use my pack Tanks a couple times this summer and we were very restricted where we could go this summer with our ATV's because the Snow kept stopping us from riding into the higher elevations in July. It looks like there is enough Snow now at Burgess Jct to take a ride on my Sled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmom800x View Post
    Amenities ie....multiple dealers, lodging choices, parts stores, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, bars. Being 'on' the mountain can be a costly inconvenience at times.

    3 ft moguls are not a common occurrence on the trails out west. If you do find some, I recommend you pick another spot to ride for the day.

    Why rent, take your trail sled, get adjusted to the elevation, powder, mountain conditions and other factors for 3 days on over 600 miles of trails. Then rent for the experience or if conditions warrant it for a couple of days. This will save you more than 100 bucks. Then maybe you would not have to skip a season either.
    I never really considered the idea of taking my trail sled out there. The only way I would do so is with a service like yours obviously. How's that for a plug. We had a great time last season driving 3 guys out in a 4 banger car. Low stress that way and higher speeds compared to pulling a trailer. Anyway, this (and maybe next) will be a very short season for me because of time more than anything (infant twins at home), but my mind is still on riding so I'm learning what I can about where to go next.

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    Anyone heard how the snow is out there? We got a group heading out Jan 9 and probably staying in West Yellowstone. Any comments on where to stay in West? Preferably Hotels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmer72 View Post
    Anyone heard how the snow is out there? We got a group heading out Jan 9 and probably staying in West Yellowstone. Any comments on where to stay in West? Preferably Hotels.
    Check out www.IslandParkCabinsAndLodges.com The Problem with staying in West Yellowstone is it is a bit of a ride out and back to the "Good" stuff. And you will need a Montana and Idaho permit. If you do Cooke City you will already have the Montana Permit. Those who just get the Montana permit while at West Yellowstone are limited by the state border and those off trail areas where pretty beat up when I was there last year. Idaho has the better off trail. If you do Two top mtn. you are on the line.

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    Thanks!... that's kinda what I've been hearing. Sounds like a repetitive question, but is there much for businesses (gas, hotels, restaurants, bar and grills, etc.) in Island park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmer72 View Post
    Thanks!... that's kinda what I've been hearing. Sounds like a repetitive question, but is there much for businesses (gas, hotels, restaurants, bar and grills, etc.) in Island park?
    There are several gas stations and places to eat in and around Island Park. There are also a couple of gas stations
    south of Island Park. 2 of us are leaving tomorrow to head out there. We will probably stay most of the time in West Yellowstone but may make a cross country to Cave falls in WY. There is more to do at night in West Yellowstone. We plan on mainly trail riding. A friend lives out there and said they are a couple feet light on snow but the trails are good. For powder riding you need to get up to the higher altitudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmer72 View Post
    Thanks!... that's kinda what I've been hearing. Sounds like a repetitive question, but is there much for businesses (gas, hotels, restaurants, bar and grills, etc.) in Island park?
    Oh ya, seems like gas stations a plenty. At the entrance to IP cabins is a Restaurant gas station, store with it all. accross the street is a coffee shop and a snowmobile rental. There is a Poo dealer in West Yellowstone and another somewhere in the IP area. Traveler and wintertime found that place. IP is very easy to figure out with the trail system so easy to follow. Most all trails go around mtns. so eventually you wind up back where you started if you keep making lefts or rights consistantly. I will be out there March 5-10.

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    Thanks guys. Two more quick questions..... Can you get the trail permits from that station right around the cabins? I also heard the trail heads in west yellowstone are right across the street from the comfort inn. Is that a decent place to stay?... like the big parking for our trailers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmer72 View Post
    Thanks guys. Two more quick questions..... Can you get the trail permits from that station right around the cabins? I also heard the trail heads in west yellowstone are right across the street from the comfort inn. Is that a decent place to stay?... like the big parking for our trailers.
    Pretty much every gas station and lodging and snowmobile related business has trail access. I would not stay in West Yellowstone for the fact you will ride a bit to the east to get to what you really want to ride. If your trail riding for the bulk of your trip and want night life then West Yellowstone would be a bit better. There is no shortage of trails in IP or west Yellowstone. I recall a Super 8 between West Yellowstone and IP. Gas stations are plentiful.

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    We stayed in West Yellowstone and its a great Snowmobile town and
    Atmosphere. Plenty of trails in all directions and there was gas outside
    of Island Park. Its not that far by trail to find play area's. We stayed at the
    Bear Lodge and its was Fantastic. Hospitality in town was second to none.
    Fun to take the sleds in town everywhere. Go to the highest elevation points
    off the trail and plenty of powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    You surely will like it there. Most places to stay are on the Cauldron (flatland)Sleeping is at the 6000' riding is at 6800' for the most part. easy on the lungs and heart. Unlike Tog 9800 to 13,000 feet. (I like them all). I did give up a location in an earlier post, but it is for the serious to locate it. West riding is like Northern Ontario, never pass a gas station on a Poo.
    You sure are right about that. When you do get to that spot you can get into some pretty intense spots to ride. I am hoping to make it back there again next year and this time I think the whole family might go. Ip has such a vast variety of riding that there is no way that you wouldnt be pleased making the trip out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    You sure are right about that. When you do get to that spot you can get into some pretty intense spots to ride. I am hoping to make it back there again next year and this time I think the whole family might go. Ip has such a vast variety of riding that there is no way that you wouldnt be pleased making the trip out there.
    we made memories there, I think about the day we where up behind the "Sheep Cloning station" on the continental divide and along came a group of locals as we were trying to figure how the heck and if the heck that 600 of your dads was ever coming out of the mtn. side. the way we went in. as a customer of mine calls me ( dang cell phones) and I tried to sound as if I was working back in Michigan tiling a bathroom while sitting on top of the back side of Mt. Jefferson. and the lady said, "It sure sounds windy in that bathroom'. So I took a picture, confessed and sent it to her and said, "see you when I get back". love that Droid............. We were there!!!!!! she waited and thought she had the tile god working for her after that. Kegs is on my to do list again this year. I have some untackled ground to cover and a new sled to do it with.
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    We for sure made some memories. I will never forget riding all over West Yellowstone looking for a tap and die for my exhaust. I even found the Snap On truck out there. I cant wait to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    We for sure made some memories. I will never forget riding all over West Yellowstone looking for a tap and die for my exhaust. I even found the Snap On truck out there. I cant wait to ride.
    Make sure your in top form, Cooke has far less choices of repair tools and parts than IP/ West Yellowstone. Bear Claw Bob has a pretty good shop you can use if issues arise. It is heated and he has tons of tools. Who knows I may buy a left handed throttle for you to install for me. lol I know how you like the "projects". 4 weeks and we are there!

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    Haha, I could put that on for you no problem, they are pretty easy. I am pretty bummed right now with the low snow I cant ride and people are not riding so that means that the repair shop is slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bus8787 View Post
    We stayed in West Yellowstone and its a great Snowmobile town and
    Atmosphere. Plenty of trails in all directions
    Ya might want to grab a map on the next trip. All directions from West Yellowstone? If you rode to the east you would be out of bounds in Yellowstone Park National Park.

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    The best riding is in the park!!

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    Has any one been out there in the last week or so?
    Thinking of heading out on Wed to West Yellowstone.

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    Rode IP last Feb and found it about the same as midwest if you stay on trails. A couple signs were knocked down and busy trails got rough. You can plan off trail of your choosing and quite a few fuel stops if you plan and have a Fremont County map. Not as remote feeling as Tog or Cooke Mt. even though we preferred remote trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmom800x View Post
    Ya might want to grab a map on the next trip. All directions from West Yellowstone? If you rode to the east you would be out of bounds in Yellowstone Park National Park.
    And you can ride in the
    park to the east With a Guide in the Park. We had a map and you can ride in
    many directions . Am I missing something here???

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    Quote Originally Posted by bus8787 View Post
    And you can ride in the
    park to the east With a Guide in the Park. We had a map and you can ride in
    many directions . Am I missing something here???
    Riding a rented 4-stroke for over 200 bucks a day at 25-35 MPH on a designated trail following a guide can be considered riding, I guess.
    Not typically what people expect when thinking about mountain riding. Is it really an 'open trail' if you have to rent a sled, follow a guide and stay in a single file line maintaining low speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmom800x View Post
    Riding a rented 4-stroke for over 200 bucks a day at 25-35 MPH on a designated trail following a guide can be considered riding, I guess.
    Not typically what people expect when thinking about mountain riding. Is it really an 'open trail' if you have to rent a sled, follow a guide and stay in a single file line maintaining low speeds.
    It was still a great ride,plus they forgot to put the throttle stop on mine and got up to 70. One day in the park is enough though thats for sure

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