Adventure Journal: Winter Getaway – Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch

Nestled in the northern reaches of Grand Teton National Park, only two miles from Yellowstone National Park’s border, lay the Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch. Newly open for the winter season, the renovated resort is an ideal jumping-off point for adventures on flawless miles of trails. After a day in the peaceful winter wilderness, Headwaters Lodge is the perfect place for a hearty meal and comfortable overnight stay. With special seasonal offers for Wyoming and Idaho residents, a getaway to the Headwaters Lodge and Cabins is not to be missed!

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Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch.

Guests can choose from one of the resort’s 20 cabins that remain open during the winter, which include standard cabins, deluxe cabins, or premium cabins. The cabins offer a cozy and clean place to rest and rejuvenate after a long day exploring nearby. The Sheffields Restaurant and Bar serves a delicious breakfast and dinner during the winter season, and the resort operates a convenience store on-sight that provides essentials for visitors.


Sunset view en route to Headwaters Lodge and Cabins.

Winter outdoor enthusiasts who venture to this remote corner of Grand Teton can explore the nearby Snake River, the Grassy Lake Road, Polecat Creek, and Huckleberry Hot Springs from the resort’s front door. There is something for everyone nearby, and the below examples each offer breathtaking views, scenic destinations, and wildlife viewing. As with any adventure, always remember to bring water, snacks, warm layers, eye protections, and sunscreen, and be sure to check the weather before you go. It is critical to know how to use your gear and make wise terrain choices during winter recreation.

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Cross country skiers enjoy the terrain surrounding the Lodge.

Nordic Skiing: Bring you Nordic gear to ski on Grassy Lake Road, which stretches 40 miles from Headwaters to Ashton, Idaho. This placid, unplowed roadway offers beautiful views and peaceful travel for skiers of all abilities. The trail takes you through lodgepole forests, along Polecat Creek, and meanders through meadows.

Polecat Creek and Huckleberry Hot Springs: Whether skiing or snowshoeing along Polecat Creek to the hot springs, this local favorite offers a unique winter outing through lodgepole pine forest and into scenic meadows. Animals are often present along Polecat Creek, including waterfowl, river otters, muskrats, and occasionally bison. Headwaters Lodge and Cabins offers snowshoes for guests at the front desk. While bathing in the springs is no longer allowed due to health concerns, the trip to this unique geothermal feature is well worth it for the exceptional scenic views.

Sledding: Looking for an option closer to the lodge? Headwaters also offers sleds for guests to borrow and there are a number of options for both big and small hills nearby the Lodge. Ask the front desk staff about their favorites!

For further information or to schedule your winter getaway, visit or call Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at 800-443-2311 or 307-543-2861.

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