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By: Robert Janis

Silver Mountain Resort

Rugged Outdoor Experience Offered at Silver Mountain Resort

Rugged Outdoor Experience Offered at Silver Mountain Resort

If you are looking for high mountain trails, plenty of forestry and interesting historical sites when riding your ATV, then you are going to want to visit the Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho.

The site of the resort has historic significance. Back in 1885 Noah Kellogg filed a claim for what would become the Bunker Hill Mine and silver has been mined from the area ever since. “We are right in the heart of the Silver Valley,” explained John Williams, director of marketing for Silver Mountain Resort. “It’s the richest silver mining region in the world, and it still has active mines.”

The area started to be known for recreation in 1968 when a ski bowl was opened and winter carnivals took place there. Today, known as the Silver Mountain Resort, it is the location for 277 condominiums, a base village, a ski area and a gondola that takes visitors from the village to the top of Silver Mountain for access to the ski slope and other attractions. During the winter the site has attracted snow skiers from around the country. However, in the spring and summer the site attracts ATV recreationists from all over the U.S.

According to Williams, Idaho has rugged territory and ATVs have proven to be the vehicle of choice for many in order to just get around. “Road laws in the valley allow the riding of ATVs on the streets and the driver doesn’t need a license,” said Williams. He noted that residents of Idaho carry their machines on trailers to the resort’s parking lot, unload them and ride just about anywhere. “There are trailheads in almost every direction,” he said. He explained that the most popular ATV ride for guests is from the village up and around Wardner Peak to Elsie Lake on the south side of the ski area. “There’s a lot of BLM and other federal government managed land with lots of trails,” he said. Riders come upon lakes, a lot of forestry, logging roads and a meadow. There are also old mining remnants and ghost towns. Williams added that an outfitter associated with the resort will provide a guide if one is desired. Rides are also organized by local and national ATV groups.

Rugged Outdoor Experience Offered at Silver Mountain Resort

Williams noted that there is plenty of parking for people who want to haul their own ATVs to the resort. If you don’t want to bring your ATV or you don’t have one, you can rent one for just half a day, for the duration of your stay, or anything in between. Adventure Sports Rentals offers the ATVs, and it is located at the Silver Mountain Resort site. The cost of renting one two-seater ATV is $149 for half a day(4 hours), $199 for a full day (8 hours) $229 for overnight (24 hours), $169 a day for four days or more, and $899 for a week. An extra passenger is an additional $20. Trailers rent for $20 to $50 depending on how many places you intend to haul the ATV.

The resort also offers a special ATV package which includes a room and two ATVs for half a day as well as a packed lunch.

The Silver Mountain Resort has a plethora of attractions. For example, there is the Silver Rapids indoor water park. According to Williams, the facility is 42,000 square feet and includes just about everything that an outdoor water park has. The attraction includes tube rides; a Flowrider® where you can actually boogie board and surf; Minors Island, a multilevel play structure with interactive valves and sprays; a giant tipping bucket and two water slides; North Fork Lazy River, a 315-foot slow flowing river that surrounds Minors Island; Hoop Lagoon, a pool with basketball hoops; Moose Sluice, a raft ride; hot tub; Gold Rush and Prospector Plunge, a 54-inch diameter enclosed fiberglass tube slide; and Pollywog Pond, a shallow pool with two slides and a bungee swing. There are also cabanas available to rent. They include two lounge chairs, a couch, two swivel chairs, a 37-inch flat screen television and a private refrigerator that can be stocked with goodies if you give the staff advanced warning. The cabanas are available for $65 on Mondays through Thursdays, $95 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $150 on holidays. You also have the opportunity to learn how to surf at the Silver Rapids Surf Club.

Other activities available during the winter are skiing and snowboarding, snow report, snow tubing, and cat and Nordic skiing. In the summer besides ATV rides, there is golf, biking, hiking, fishing, a scenic gondola ride, rafting and water sports, disc golf, tennis and games.

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