Majestic Snowshoeing/Ski Escape 3 Hours from Twin Falls
Whether you're new to snowshoeing or you've been at it for a long time, the views at this set of trails about 3 hours from Twin Falls are totally worth the trip.
Whoop-Um-Up Equestrian Campground outside Idaho City, Idaho
If you typically hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski in the south hills, you might be looking for a change of scenery. While it's a bit of a drive, Whoop-Em-Up Equestrian Campground outside Idaho City has some views that are worth the 3-hour trek from Twin Falls. The scenery is breathtaking, and for me, it's the perfect combination of seclusion without being totally isolated.
Secluded, but not exactly so.
These trails are just off the highway at a Boise National Forest campground. So, you're up in the mountains, but this area is hardly isolated. You'll be sharing the trails with other enthusiasts, with plenty of room to roam off-trail if you want some distance between yourself and others.
Trials for novice, moderate and seasoned snowshoers
I like a moderate challenge myself, and the trails here don't disappoint. Whether you're looking for a flat, even pace, or you like to get a workout while enjoying the scenery, the trails at Whoop-Um-Up are suited for just about any fitness level. There are some areas that are relatively flat, and some trails that are downright steep, but offer the reward of an easy, downhill return trip. The more challenging trails are clearly marked.
The trails are meant to be shared with others. You'll find the trails populated by hikers, sledders/tubers, Nordic skiers, and snow machine riders. (There's a separate set of trails for motorized vehicles.)
Pet Friendly - Bring the pups.
Dogs should be on a leash when in developed areas like the campground and parking lot. I feel it's best that you always be in control of your animal while hiking. That said, there are no rules requiring a leash once you're on the trails. Oh... and if they drop a deuce in the parking lot next to a car, picking it up is the neighborly thing to do.
Pro Tip: Stop for gas in Boise before you make your final leg into Idaho City. Idaho City does have a gas station and a convenience store, but the price of fuel can be more expensive here than what you'll find in town.