• Melanie Crawford

Exploring Outside Ashton

This summer I spent an extended period out West for the first time. Although Ashton appeals to a much simpler lifestyle, the areas surrounding Ashton have a great deal to offer. The summer is coming to an end and I plan to leave Idaho in just a little over a week, but I want to share with you how I explored the West in a variety of different ways.


One weekend in June, I camped in Yellowstone National Park with some friends from Utah. We explored the classic tourist destinations like Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Prismatic hot springs, in addition to smaller hikes along the way. We stayed at the Grant Village and Canyon campgrounds overnight which was fun because we never needed to leave the park. My favorite part of the trip was hiking Bunsen Peak and seeing the vast view of Yellowstone. It was an awesome experience and a great way to see wildlife and be out in nature.


Multiple times throughout the summer, I went to Victor, ID and Jackson, WY to visit friends and family. I loved meeting up with friends to enjoy the live music and food trucks at Music on Main in Victor every Thursday. Additionally, the hiking in the Tetons is spectacular! My favorite hikes include Table Mountain and Delta Lake, both of which I have included photos below. I have appreciated the time I have spent with friends on the trails and the feeling of accomplishment at the end. Having the Teton Valley area so close has been so amazing and always a great excuse to go hiking.


The places surrounding Ashton are very special but it is important to acknowledge the great activities Ashton itself has to offer. Just a short drive away, there is awesome fishing where I caught my first fish; and many others after that. My favorite spot has been floating Box Canyon because I have been working at the Last Chance boat ramp all summer with HFF. Throughout this summer I fostered friendships with the fly guides and other kids my age in the area which had made my experience so much more fun. I also camped at a nearby campground and spent time relaxing next to the river. This part of Idaho has reminded me of the greatness of the outdoors and for that I will always be thankful. I will miss living out here but will remember the great memories I made over the past two months.

Picture of Delta Lake in the Grand Teton National Park


Picture at the top of Table Mountain


Hiking in Yellowstone National Park


Picture with a rainbow trout I caught while fishing Box Canyon.

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