Northeast of Idaho Falls and southeast of Swan Valley, the Big Elk Creek Trail is a 10 mile route along the namesake drainage.
To reach the trailhead from Swan Valley, head southeast on US26 to Big Elk Creek Road (about halfway down Palasades Reservoir). Turn left heading east on Big Elk Creek Road for about 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
Note: ATVs will not be permitted to enter into the following National Forest campgrounds; Falls, Calamity, Big Elk Creek, and Alpine. The campgrounds listed will have a designated parking area for ATVs and ATV Trailers. All ATVs must be either parked in the designated area or put on the trailer and parked at your campsite if space is available.
Overall, Big Elk Creek Trail is the 46th most popular ATV riding trail of all 55 ATV trails in Idaho.