Where to Camp in the Gym State
Idaho is a state that gets often gets overlooked when it comes to summer tourism. But if you’ve never taken an Idaho camping trip, you’re missing out.
When you say “Idaho,” most people immediately think of potatoes. Idaho is a state known for vast expanses of farm land. But it’s also home to the “Gateway to Yellowstone,” as well as beautiful national forests, great fishing and other attractions that make Idaho a great place for your next camping trip.
Here are our picks for the top 10 places to camp in Idaho.
The Sawtooth/Stanley Basin region is the ultimate camping destination. Truly a best kept secret cherished by Idahoans, the camping in our region will make you giddy with delight and likely a little in disbelief as to how perfect it is. You can pitch your tent or pull up your RV to sites on the shores of high altitude lakes, amidst the pines of alpine peaks, or on the banks of the rumbling Salmon “River of No Return”. Learn more.
Farragut State Park is located 30 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. Once the world?s second largest naval training station, today the 4,000-acre park provides a multitude of recreation opportunities. To the traditional activities of picnicking, swimming, boating, hiking and camping. Learn more.
The Sun Valley area is surrounded by five mountain ranges: Pioneers, Whiteclouds, Boulders, Smokeys and Sawtooths. Camping in Sun Valley is a great way to enjoy the beauty of mother nature and the wildlife that lives within it. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while camping: hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, rafting and much more. Learn more.
One of the favorite area activities is camping – an experience that seems to flow through the collective culture of Western Families. We welcome countless campers each summer season and we have a large number of Campgrounds and Campsites that provide an excellent backdrop for any Sawtooth Mountain visit. Learn more.
Black Rock Campground is located 20 miles from Idaho City, on the North Fork Boise River, at an elevation of 4,300 feet. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and exploring local trails. The campground sits on the banks of the North Fork Boise River, where ponderosa pines tower over the area. Most campsites have partial shade, but little privacy from other campers. A variety of wildlife makes its home around the campground. Read more.
Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake near McCall. The scenic overlook at Osprey Point offers a spectacular view of the lake. The park offers hiking and biking trails, guided walks with park naturalists and evening campfire programs. Learn more.
The reservoir offers 283 surface-acres of water and five miles of shoreline. Visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, swimming and trout fishing. The lands around the reservoir are open to hunting for waterfowl and upland game birds. Learn more.
One of Idaho’s great high mountain lakes, Henrys Lake is the kind of place that fishers dream about. Anglers fish for cutthroat, brook and cut-bow hybrid trout in what is considered one of the finest trout fisheries in the West. The park also offers beautiful nature trails for hiking and biking and wildlife and wildflower watching. Learn more.
Hot Springs Campground has three group sites and 8 single sites. It is located just east of Garden Valley, Idaho, along the (Banks-Lowman road) State Highway 17 at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Visitors enjoy rafting, kayaking and fishing on the South Fork Payette River, and soaking in the hot springs at the river’s edge. Learn more.
How does a jet boat ride up the Snake River in one of North America’s deepest canyons sound? Or reeling in a steelhead fish, picnicking under shade trees on the banks of the river or a leisurely bike ride on the Clearwater and Snake River trail? Hells Gate State Park has all this to offer and more. Learn more.
Do you have a favorite camping spot in Idaho that wasn’t included on this list? Let us know in the comments!
And be sure to check out the rest of our Best Campgrounds in the US series.