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Elk River, Idaho

Natural and no-frills, individualistic and unpretentious.  The trailhead to fun, relaxation, and adventure.  There are many trails to choose from, depending on what you like to do and your spirit of adventure.  Hike to free-falling Elk Creek Falls, cascading 300 ft. to the creek and on to Dworshak Reservoir.  Take a swim in the swirling pools at the base.   Bring your RV or tent, hundreds of campsites to choose from.  Hike, drive or snowmobile to the top of Elk Butte (elevation 5,824 feet) for a spectacular view of two National Forests and the rugged Selkirk-Bitterroot Range.  Dogsled Musher's run the vast white wilderness.  Visit a stately cedar grove, home of the largest cedar tree in the Rocky Mountains, more than 3,000 years old and 18 foot in diameter.  A maze of back country trails and logging roads is ideal for trail bikes, ATV's and 4 wheel drive vehicles. Drive the trails, see Dent and Granddad Bridges.  Cross-Country bicyclists tour in for a rest, and mountain bike enthusiasts come to test the rugged terrain.  Fly in for breakfast and tour the town.  Sleuth out a likely spot to fly-fish Elk Creek.  Canoe the pond, take a dip or suntan on the docks.  Toss a hook and plan on trout for dinner.  Search out elusive wild mushrooms or hunt huckleberries.  Wildlife abounds:  elk, deer, moose, bear, bobcats, cougars, grouse, hawks, mink, pine marten, muskrat, otter, fisher, and turkeys.  Bird watching is a great favorite in the Audubon paradise.  Hunters return year after year.  300 miles of groomed trails make for the greatest snowmobiling you'll find anywhere, or see the country close up from miles of pine-lined, cross- country ski trails.  Enjoy small-town life in a friendly community of 150.  Tennis and Basketball Courts, Kids playground, Snowshoe, read a book or take a nap.  Snowboard or hide out and do nothing. Elk River welcomes you to come share the trails!

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Major Events and Festivals


Sno Drifter's Snowmobile Fun Run

Held in early January.

Annual Elk River Winter Fest

Held in mid-January.


Annual Ice Fishing Derby

Held in early February.  Go fish on the Elk Creek Reservoir.


Annual Fishing Derby

Held in early May.

Annual Boat Races

Held in late May.


Fireworks in the Mountains

Held on the 4th of July at the airstrip. Enjoy fireworks and much more. 208.826.3398

Annual Huckleberry Festival

Held in mid-July at the Elk River Lodge.  Enjoy a craft show and sale, karaoke on the porch and the biggest huckleberry contest.


Elk River Days

Held the third weekend in August. An old-time celebration including a fish fry and potluck, karaoke, a parade, a cakewalk, logging events, a barbeque, a duck race, fiddlers in the park and other live music. 208.826.3398.


Annual ATV "Fun in the Mud"

Held in early September.


It's Christmas in Elk River 

Enjoy a lighting ceremony in Elk River City Park, a Christmas stroll through the streets of  Elk River and a chili feed at the community center.

Elk River Historical Society Museum

Open Saturdays and holiday weekends. 208.826.3390, 208.826.3294

Largest Cedar Tree

Visit the largest cedar tree in the Rocky Mountains located just 11 miles outside of town! It's more than 3,000 years old and 18 feet in diameter. You can picnic at the trailhead.  Nice even, paved path. No problem with "hills" on this hike. Summer viewing only. Call in late fall and early spring to see if accessible. 208.826.3299


ATVs & Snowmobiling


Cross Country Skiing