Horseshoe Canyon

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One of the best fat bike rides in Idaho's Big Hole Mountains is also a great Nordic ski. in the summer, you can run the trail or mountain bike it.

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Dina Mishev


0.1 miles


Destination Distance From Downtown

31.1 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours




Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$25 annual pass

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Horseshoe Canyon



There are about three hundred miles of groomed trails in the Big Hole Mountains on the western side of Teton Valley itself on the west side of Teton Pass. Yes, these trails are primarily groomed for snowmachines, but they also welcome classic and skate skiers. And fat bikers.

What Makes It Great

If you’re motivated enough, it’s possible to ride from Teton Valley over to Rexburg says our local expert, Scott Fitzgerald, who owns Fitzgerald’s Bicycles and was among the first people in the area to take up the sport of fat biking.

Riding from Teton Valley to Rexburg would be a big day though. More do-able are the 10(ish) miles (round-trip) between the Horseshoe Canyon and Packsaddle Canyon trailheads. Like Teton Canyon, this stretch is PistonBully groomed and also used by snowmobiles. Also like Teton Canyon, this ride offers great views of the Tetons. That means you should ride it on a clear day, when you’ll be able to see the Tetons.

If you want to ride further than between these two trailheads, it is possible to ride deeper into the range from the Packsaddle end. This trail network, although groomed for snowmobiles, really is unbelievable for all users. The Horseshoe Canyon trailhead is at the end of Bates Road, which is a left at the stoplight in Driggs. The Packsaddle Trailhead is to the north.

Of course, you don’t have to ride the entire way between the two canyons either. There are Tetons views almost the entire way. We give you permission to stop and turn around whenever you’ve had your fill. We also recommend you stop at the Victor Valley Market for some snacks on your way in. Post-ride, Three Peaks Dinner Table in Driggs has great food and prices. (We love the sliders.) Driggs’ grocery store isn’t open Sunday, but Three Peaks Dinner Table is.

Come summer, Horseshoe Canyon is known to be a great mountain biking ride for couples where one partner might be a stronger biker than the other. The trail isn’t particularly technical. It’s about the level of the Ferrins trail in the Cache Creek area near downtown Jackson. There are no steep climbs or descents. The trails climb and descend, of course, but do both gently.

In the summer, the entire Horseshoe area is a maze that can be made as long or as short as you like. Because of its mellow switchbacks, it’s popular with trail runners too. Summer wildflowers can be amazing.

Who is Going to Love It

All users in all seasons agree it is beautiful.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Starting points vary - see website for map.

For the grooming schedule of all the trails in Teton Valley, go to the Teton Valley Trails and Pathways website. Shops in Jackson and Victor and Driggs rent nordic gear and also fat bikes.

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Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon Rd
Driggs, ID, 83422
43.723252, -111.111333

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