Your Guide to Teton Springs & South Fork Lodge
with xplore expert Stephen

7 Epic Days in Idaho

Sitting just 30 minutes apart on the eastern border of Idaho, all that lies between Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and South Fork Lodge is a finger of the Teton mountain range. With such a short distance between the two, you’d be remiss not to visit both during your western vacation—and the selection of activities that await you at each will make your visit even more special. To make the most of your trip, our Xplore expert, Stephen, has outlined a sample 7-day itinerary.

We like to think of Teton Springs Lodge & Spa as Jackson Hole’s quiet neighbor—peaceful and independent from the noise, but with its own variety of equally exciting, western adventure. Here you can explore the Big Hole Mountains on horseback, discover nearby trails, and, of course, enjoy the amazing onsite amenities. Next, satisfy your inner angler at South Fork Lodge, where fly-fishing on the Snake River is second to none. Our expert guides will work with you, no matter your skill level, to ensure that you have the best fishing trip of your life. A great vacation for groups of friends and families alike, your week in Idaho will be one you’ll never forget.

Day 1

Admire the Scenery

Stop for a cold one before you arrive in Teton Valley.


Arrive at Jackson Hole Airport

Most flights arrive in the afternoon, so you have a crystal clear view of the amazing Tetons as you fly in.


Grand Teton Brewery

Stop in for a tour or a round of drinks at Grand Teton Brewery and sample their famous handcrafted brews.


Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Check in at the lodge and relax in your private accommodation. You’ll need to be well rested for all the adventure ahead!

The Spectacular Tetons

Day 2

Hike the Park

Discover the natural wonders of Teton Valley.


Grand Teton National Park

Take the ferry across the beautiful Jenny Lake and challenge yourselves with a rewarding hike up to Inspiration Point before trekking your way back around the lake.


Drive to Signal Mountain in the Park

Make the 5 mile, 1,000 foot vertical drive up Signal Mountain where you will soak up panoramic views of the Tetons. On the other side you will admire the Snake River – you will be fishing those waters soon enough!


Headwaters Grill

When you get back to the lodge, dine at this exquisite onsite restaurant overlooking the golf course.

Reach New Heights

Day 3

Onsite Amenities

Sample the golf course and heated pool, with a barbeque break in between.


Headwaters Golf Course

Take to the green at Headwaters Golf Course, which can be played on 9 holes or 18. The course, designed by collaborating PGA pros and renowned architects, is an accomplished blend of nature and strategic planning. Best of all, premium tee times are reserved for guests of the lodge.


Big Hole Barbeque

Do you smell that? That’s the best barbeque in town – be sure to bring your appetites!


Take a dip

Spend a relaxing afternoon at our heated pool, one of the largest in the region.

Tee Off

Day 4

Arrive at South Fork

Transition from Teton Valley to Swan Valley and trek through the scenic trails in the area.


Drive to South Fork Lodge

Take the parkway over the mountain—an absolutely gorgeous drive. You can arrive before noon even if you decide to sleep in.


Hike Palisades Creek

Get to know the South Fork area by hiking one of our favorites, a 4-6 mile trail to Palisades Lake. Bring your rod if you want—the creek is teaming with native cutthroat trout and is fishable starting in July.


Riverside Bar & Grill

Tasty local ingredients on a seasonal menu at our onsite restaurant.

Conquer the Landscape

Day 5

Fly-Fishing with the Best

Fish the upper section with your guide and see some area favorites.


Upper Section

Begin the day at Palisades Dam and float past the mouth of the Palisades Creek.


Fall Creek Falls

You’ll pass the iconic Fall Creek Falls, where you can pose for a killer photo op with your prize cutthroat and the waterfalls in the background.


Relaxing Nightcap

Sip a drink on the outdoor patio at the Riverside Bar & Grill and soak in the surrounding scenery.

Take Home a Prize Trout

Day 6

Continue Fishing

Begin your trip through the wild and scenic Canyon Section.


Guided Fly Fishing

You and your guide will put at the Conant boat ramp before traveling through section 2 of the river.


Upper Section

This section will take you into the Upper Section, which is known for housing large populations of native cutthroat.


Riverside Camp

Stay in our luxury overnight camp, where drinks and appetizers will be waiting for you along with your luggage. Many of our guests have caught trophy trout right on the shore of the camp!

Camp in Style

Day 7

A Memorable Final Day

Conclude your trip on the lower section of the South Fork, and drink in the epic views as the sun sets over the river.


Guided fly fishing: Lower Canyon Section

Wake up next to the rush of the Snake River and set off for the lower canyon with your guide. This section is home to big brown trout that reside in the sunken cottonwood trees.


Local Wildlife

Be sure to keep an eye out for one of the 19 active bald eagle couples that call the South Fork of the Snake River Home.


Sunset on the Snake

Once you’ve returned to the lodge, toast to your memorable week spent in the beauty of Idaho.

Wake up Next to the River

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South Fork Lodge US Xplore Team

"My happy place is South Fork Lodge. The fishing is top notch and the atmosphere at the lodge in the evenings can't be beat."

Stephen spent the past summer at the South Fork Lodge with his dog and best friend Bert –he truly cherishes this unique fishing haven. Stephen prides himself in living a life of adventure, and some of his passions are the outdoors, fellowship, and fly-fishing. He is excited to help you 'Live the Dream'!