Winter Outdoor Adventures
There are plenty of winter adventures waiting right outside our doors in Elko County in February. These outings are great for families and do not involve lots of expensive equipment and long travels. Here are a few of adventures that are worth checking out.
Sledding at Angel Park – When the snow is plentiful in town, Angel Park on the west side of town is just right for an afternoon of sledding on the weekends. The grass covered hill is perfect for the little ones.
Wildlife Watching in Lamoille Canyon – Recent reports are that the Bighorn Sheep are being seen along the lower portions of the Lamoille Canyon Road. Park at one of the safe pullouts along the pavement and then walk up the road and watch for the sheep in the cliffs above the road.
Snowshoeing at Harrison Pass – Head out past Jiggs for an easy snowshoe trek along the Toyn Creek Trail. Parking depends on where the County has stopped plowing but there is usually enough parking
Ice Fishing At Wildhorse Reservoir – The ice is thick and the fish are biting at Wildhorse Reservoir and is worth the drive. Wildhorse state Park has good parking, easy access to the reservoir, and restroom facilities. If you need a warm up or great meal also plan a stop at the Wildhorse Resort for a meal and drinks.
Winter Sky Gazing – Our clear Elko skies make for great star gazing. A short drive up North 5th Street a few miles from town is a great spot to view the winter constellations like Orion the Hunter. Bring a sky chart and a thermos of hot drinks for a fun night.
Bald Eagle Viewing – For many years wintering bald eagles head to the South Fork of the Humboldt River and perch on the cottonwoods along the river banks. Take State Highway 228 from Spring Creek and head towards Twin Bridges and Jiggs. Don’t forget your spotting scopes and binoculars.
Before heading out prepare for your adventure by checking the weather and road conditions, packing emergency supplies, and making sure your vehicle is ready. If you plan to head into the steeper backcountry then it is best to be avalanche aware and ready.
Looking for something a little more easy going – O’Carroll’s in Lamoille is the answer. Take the short drive to Lamoille for breakfast, lunch or dinner in February for a great meal. If you are lucky you can get a table near the wood stove that is toasty warm.
For more information on winter activities check out the ECVA site at