ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Big Southern Butte

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Big Southern Butte

Tired of the bustle of everyday life? Take a few minutes to plan a thrilling, off-roading weekend expedition in beautiful Idaho. Just you, a few friends, and the power of an ATV. Grab your helmet and get ready to hit the trails with this thrilling off-roading adventure at Big Southern Butte. 

1. Pickle’s Place, Arco, ID

For this off-roading adventure, we’re headed out to the somewhat secluded Big Southern Butte near the Snake River Plain. Before hitting the road to get out there, stop at Pickle’s Place in Arco, Idaho, for a large breakfast. You’re gonna want a homemade meal, coffee, and maybe even a sandwich to go. For a more basic breakfast, go for the two scrambled eggs with diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns, and toast. For a serious start to the day, try the six-ounce sirloin steak with two eggs, hash browns, and toast! 

2. Big Southern Butte

You’ll find the Big Southern Butte just under an hour away from Pickle’s Place. The elevation is over 7,500-feet, and is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world. You’re going to want to find the BLM and Lost Valley ATV Club route to navigate this 68-mile route, starting in Arco and ending there, too. Bring lots of food and water!

3. Mountain View RV Park and Restaurant, Arco, ID

You’ll be hungry after a full day off-roading. We recommend stopping at Mountain View on your way back into town. They’ve got great barbecue, a cozy atmosphere, and friendly service. Enjoy a menu of mouth-watering delights such as King Crab legs, smoked barbecue pork ribs, bacon-wrapped burgers, and more. Check out what beers they have on tap, too. 

4. Lost River Motel, Arco, ID

The Lost River Motel is affordable, comfortable, and spacious. After a long day out, this is a great place to rest your head. Enjoy single rooms or suites for highly reasonable prices, microwaves, refrigerators, TV, Wi-Fi, and coffee. Pets are welcome, too! 

5. Mi Nest Café, Moore, ID

Now, after a good night of rest, your stomach will be rumbling. Before you head home, stop into the Mi Nest Café in neighboring Moore, Idaho. Enjoy certified angus burgers, delicious sandwiches, salads, and even a kid’s menu if you’ve got little ones with you.  

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