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Stinking Springs Multiple Use Area

Around 10,000 visitors use the Stinking Springs Multiple Use area each year. This designated route is used by OHV/ATV riders, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.   It is seasonally closed to accommodate wintering mule deer.  In other seasons, this critical winter habitat also offers desert hiking in sparsely timbered canyons, continuing through the Targhee National Forest.

Map: Trail Map / Stinking Springs to Wolf Flats

Location: Two miles northeast of the junction of Kelly Canyon and Snake River Roads; From Idaho Falls, travel northeast on Highway 26, approximately 20 miles. Turn left onto 160th East following the signs to Kelly Canyon Ski Area or Heise Hot Springs. Once you cross the bridge over the Snake River, turn right and continue towards Kelly Canyon. After 2.3 miles, continue straight onto gravel road as paved road begins to veer left into Kelly Canyon, following along the north bank of the Snake River for approximately two miles. You will see the parking area on the right side of the road with signs for Stinking Springs Trailhead.


  • No fees
  • Hiking level: Moderate to difficult
  • Use season: May 1 - November 30


Motorized trail is 4.7 miles one-way, or 2.2 miles to the junction with the non-motorized trail. The non-motorized trail is 2.7 miles one-way. 

Stinking Springs Trailhead Parking, South Fork of the Snake River

view from the hiking trail at Stinking Springs