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Camping Idaho

One of the least populated states in America, Idaho is the third state that makes up the Pacific Northwest—besides Oregon and Washington. This is a large and wild state, spanning two time zones and stretching from the Canadian border all the way south to Utah and Nevada. Its vast tracts of old-growth forests, various subranges of the Rocky Mountains and Hells Canyon, America’s deepest canyon, make camping in Idaho an essential thing to do during any visit.

Idaho’s wide variety in landscapes and biotopes, from arid plains to towering mountains, from pristine forests to river canyons, attract an equally varied array of visitors. Fishermen are drawn to the state’s abundant and exceptional fish species. It’s the West’s only inland state where you can catch blue-ribbon trout as well as king salmon and steelhead. Mountain bikers, rock climbers, and boaters find delight camping in Idaho’s wildernesses.

Hiking and camping in Idaho is, however, arguably the state’s most popular outdoor pursuit. And it’s available all across the state. A particularly great destination is the Boise National Forest, the location of the awesome Red Mountain Trail. Other fantastic places to go backpacking and camping in Idaho include Craters of the Moon National Monument, the remarkable Bruneau Dunes State Park and iconic Yellowstone National Park, a sliver of which lies in the state’s southeastern corner.

In the middle of southern Idaho lies Shoshone Falls, a series of huge cascades on the Snake River sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of the West”. The Snake River meanders its way further west, making up the northern part of the Oregon and Idaho border, and flows through massive Hells Canyon. Ten miles wide and almost 8,000 feet deep, this is the deepest river canyon in North America, an absolutely natural gem to explore when camping in Idaho.

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Recent Reviews in Idaho
Nice trailer campsite by the river/dam

Great campsites next to the river with great views. Wish they had water hookups is my only complaint.

Nice free campsite

With some fire rings and in May, clean pit toilets. Lots of bugs, but then lots of birds! Right on the Bruneau arm of the snake. The sites are well spaced and not very defined. A local fishing favorite with several huge rigs and generators at one end and someone doing miserable rap karaoke at the other. But, all in all, I would def come back. We couldn't hear the generators and the rap guy fell asleep. The view is lovely. Dog people beware…lots of ticks.

Gorgeous views

Of Salmon Creek Reservior. Very well maintained campground with rain/sun shelters, fire pits, water, tables on paved pads as well as some more primitive looking sites. It's high desert, so not loads of privacy but sites are well spaced. Great boat launch and swim area. We came in May and weather went from 90 to 55 in a day, with wind. Cell and 4G service which seemed weird.

Very nice place in May, but may get super busy with water sports in summer which is the only reason for 4 stars. I'm concerned that it could be generator city when larger RVs roll in.

Easy to get to and basic

We just needed a place to stop for the night. This had a pit toilet which wasn’t bad. My husband fished the creeks and we saw a ton of fish. FS said it was closed but there was no gate and others campers so we gave it a shot. Glad we did. The little lake across the street was awesome to catch and release some small cutthroats. Got a little chilly at night so the fire rings were good.

Thank you for your service

I love that they have a spot for out military and thier families to go that are a little cheaper. Its usually full but its a great little spot.

You can hear the race track

We love staying here and going to the meridian speedway!! The campsites are always clean and hosts are great.

Wonderful little stopping spot

We really have enjoyed staying here. Kids love all the games mini golf, gaga ball and toys. We enjoyed the wildlife and hearing and seeing a huge owl outside our camp was a great touch. Spots were a little uneven and made our stairs a lot higher then we like.

Easy in easy out

We stayed here for a week and enjoyed it. Showers were clean and they even had a hot tub! Getting in and out was easy. Making reservations was the beat, someone answered the first call. I liked that they picked up garbage at campsite everyday.

Perfect for family's with busy kids

We had a blast here!! We could have gone all weekend without having to leave the campground. Lots for the kids to do. What we really loved was the individual dog runs they had where we could just sit inside a closed gated area with the dogs and keep an eye on the kids. We will be back!!

Good place to refresh

Easy in and out with plenty of room to maneuver with trailers. However the distance to hookups is a bit of a stretch. Bring extra water hose and extension cords for some of the sites. I couldn’t make the water hose reach and still be far enough back to be comfortably parked in our site. Fortunately we had water on board or could have filled up the tank if needed before parking. Road noise is also a factor here. I’d recommend it as a stop and would come back. Playground is also nice for the kids.