Cross Country Ski Trails
Trail conditions: Click the link on the left or call (208) 547-2600.
Ski trail maps are located at the bottom of this page.
Kelly Park is located within Soda springs and offers about 7 kilometers (about 4 miles) of cross country ski trails. Bailey Creek Ski Trails are located about 6 miles outside of Soda Springs. Volunteers groom these trails for skate and classic skiing. The trails have been laid out in a series of interconnecting loops that offer a wide variety of touring and training options for all levels of skiers. Ski trails are groomed using a Yamaha VKPro snowmobile; a YTS Ginzugroomer with track-setter, and a roller compactor.
Trails are not patrolled & unmarked hazards may exist. Dogs are allowed but must be kept under control and dog poop must be picked up (bring some bags with you). Please don't walk or snowshoe on the classic ski tracks.
Kelly Park is located in a unique and beautiful natural setting only five minutes from downtown Soda Springs. The park features spring-fed creeks, lava reefs; lakes; rolling hills; stands of juniper, birch & aspen; and absolutely beautiful vistas of the valley in which Soda Springs sits. A herd of elk winter just east of the park and are sometimes seen on the trails.
Grooming costs and other operating expenses are funded entirely by skier donations. Please support the Kelly Park Ski Trail System by making a donation. $3 per skier-day is suggested. You can also make a season donation ($25/skier is suggested). Donations may be placed into the drop box (located near the pavilion at Kelly Park) or sent to the following address. Please indicate on your check that your donation is for the ski trails!
Cross Country Ski Areas Association https://xcski.org It can be extremely useful to members and other website visitors, whether they’re beginners, experienced skiers, looking for a new place to visit, or just considering XC for the first time. Why to, how to, where to… it’s all there.
CCSAA’s sister website, https://ccsaa.org, is an outstanding resource for people (definitely including ski clubs!) in the Nordic business. There’s sources on grooming materials, trail signs, ski and snowshoe equipment, snowmaking, fatbiking, yurts, recent media coverage of our sport, incident report forms, liability insurance sources, a credit card processing company… Plus CCSAA runs professional conferences every spring and fall, as well as a recent series of Zoom meetings on COVID-19’s effects on the Nordic industry (audio recordings are available at no cost on the industry website). Membership is inexpensive, and the opportunity to network is invaluable.
Soda Springs Nordic Ski Association
c/o Soda Springs City Hall
9 West, 2nd South
Soda Springs, Idaho 83276
Ski trail maintenance is a collaborative effort between the SSNSA and the Soda Springs Recreation Department. The SSNSA
is a subcommittee of the Cariboo Development Foundation - a non-profit corporation created to promote projects with improve the quality of life in the Soda Springs area.
The City of Soda Springs is located in south-east Idaho at about 5,800 feet in elevation and typically has snow on the ground from early December through early March. During this time period, typical night time lows range from -10F to +5F and day time highs range from +5F to +20F. Periods of warmer and colder weather are frequent with lows reaching -25F in town at times. Highways to and from Soda Springs are frequently plowed and are often free of ice and snow. Food and lodging are available in Soda Springs. Soda Springs is 2.5 hours north of Salt Lake City, Utah; 1.5 hours north of Logan, Utah; 1 hour south east of Pocatello, Idaho, and 2 hours west of Jackson, Wyoming.
Bailey Creek Ski Trails are a series of skier-packed cross country ski loops located in the heavily-wooded Bailey Creek Drainage. Ski trail difficulty increased from easy to intermediate the further away from the trail head you get. The start of this tour is reached by turning at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Idaho 34 in Soda Springs on Bailey Creek Road. At 4.4 miles from the intersection, the road Y’s. Take the right fork and drive through the Bailey Creek Housing Development to its southern edge where you’will find a school bus turnaround area. Park back a distance so that you are out of way of any school buses. The tour follows the snowbound Bailey Creek Road onto Forest Service lands just beyond the plowed portion of the road. The first part of the trip is suitable for beginners with intermediate difficulty thereafter.
- The bridges are narrow and primitive-take your skies off and walk upstream if necessary. The last bridge (near the Bailey Creek Spring) is about 30 ft long and has a handrail.
- Bailey Creek Spring is a large spring that is located about 100 yards upstream from the southern-most last bridge. It is a nice spot for a picnic. Note: Approach the spring for the east side of Bailey Creek.
- It is suggested that the loops be skied counter-clockwise.
- Rout finding can be difficult during and after storms. All loops have a close proximity to Bailey Creek. If you follow the creek downstream, it will lead you back to the housed located at the end of Pioneer Road.
- Moose, deer, elk, coyote and cougar frequent the area.
- Ski at your own risk.