# 1 MEADOWCREEK Lodge -great stop for lunch- Log cabin restaurant in the woods - located on the trail halfway between Island Park & West Yellowstone (a bit closer to West)Well here we are 6 months later and getting real close to heading out west. Excitement is starting to grow now for sure. We have our stopping points figured out for the trip out and will be meeting the rest of the group early to mid afternoon the day before our first ride to get trail passes and coordinate our route for the next day. None of us are going off trail as most of us our not only older but don't have the machines for off trail. Some decided to ride into the park on the last day (day 4). I'm not one of them.
We did decide to take a guide on the first day to learn the local trails and our way around. Supposed to be a great snow year so far which is awesome. Really looking forward to this.
We rented an Airbnb in Island Park, ID and the rest of the group rented another house in the same town. This (and west yellowstone) will be our base camp for the week. Does anyone have any particular routes, restaurants and any other tips for us?
# 2 The PONDS for lunch or dinner in Island Park
# 3 MADISON CROSSING for dinner in West YELLOWSTONE
BEST BREAKFAST in West Yellowstone -RUNNING BEAR PANCAKE HOUSE -they even offer bagged lunch (Including sandwiches & snacks ) for you to take with you for eating out on the trail later in the day
We go to Yellowstone every 2-3 years, sometimes bring our own sleds (24 hour drive for us) sometimes we fly into Bozeman, rent a car & drive down to West & rent long track sleds with guys, or short track sleds with the families. 550 electric start short track sleds are only $ 135 +/- per day (top out at 60 m.p.h. at altitude) at POLARIS WEST across from the DAYS INN in WEST YELLOWSTONE
Rode the park numerous times on our own 2-stroke sleds (pre-2004) and as recently as 2 years ago on excruciating S-L-O-W 35 m.p.h. governed sleds with a tour guide for a group of 10 tourists
I've brought numerous friends to Yellowstone over the years and get a 50/50 like/don't like the park feedback response from them-It's definitely cool to see at least once
A few years back we were touring the park and the guide directed us to pull over to the side of the rather wide trail and allow for the (3) Bison to pass.
A few moments later, I was within arms reach and face to face with a bison, only thing between me and him was the rental sled and have pics .
Now, that's not something you'd be able to experience that up-close out on the trail
IF you do decide to rent a long track sled for a day, HI-MARK rentals in WEST YELLOWSTONE rents SILBER TURBO'd 163" long tracks with 3" paddles and a jug of race gas strapped to the tunnel to be added when re-fueling - Now-those were an absolute BLAST to ride in the powder, just off the groomed trail
I'm sure you'll have a GREAT trip