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Idaho
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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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Pretty and quiet

Nice quiet camp ground! The creek was dry when I visited unfortunately but the sites were nice and it wasn't overly crowded.

Beeeeeautiful!!

It is a gorgeous area. Our spot was about 20 feet from the water. Sandy campsite is a nice change of pace from dirt ( although I love dirt😁). The staff were incredible friendly and welcoming. I am a solo camper +🐶 and I felt very safe here. Very family friendly place. I really just wish more places would allow dogs at the beach or even have a nice sectioned off part for the doggies. Very heartbreaking to be so close to that beautiful water and not be able to enjoy it because I couldn't bring my bestie. 😕 Otherwise, I love it and will return!!

Cool location but not my favorite campground

Campsites are very close to each other, not much to obscure or for privacy from other campers. Very little shade so would be very hot midsummer. Cool location to check out the dunes

Awesome Campground!

Spacious campsites that have good buffers in between sites. Camped right on the reservoir. Quiet and peaceful. Definitely will come here again.

Clean, and peaceful campsites next to the river.

Outhouse and campsites are very clean, with plenty of space between site's. Peaceful, relaxing place to visit. To cold to swim in June.

Not a destination but nice

This is a small campground with limited facilities however the bathrooms and showers are clean. The water and electric (30 or 50 amp) work just fine. There is a dump station on site and a host that is helpful. All and all, great stop over instead of in town or off the highway. It is a bit of a drive out of the way but worth if if you like being in farmland with roving livestock near by.

Awesome!

Awesome campground! Clean quite yet close to town! River runs right behind it! Sites are far enough apart that neighbors won’t bug you! Plenty of trees and shade. Fees range from $10-$20 a night

Great campsite

We stopped here for the night. Easy access to Hwy but thats also the downfall because you can hear it. 10+ new sites & toilets. Bear proof boxes for tenters. Nice fire rings. $12 a night, $6 with senior pass. Pretty level sites.

Beautiful

Cheap or free. Stunning, well kept campground on the reservior.

Nice surprise

Clean, roomy, campground with boat launches and docks. On the Snake. Windy at twighlight but an awesome place and cheap!

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Isolated oasis.

A must for a night or two.

Great dispersed camping.

Great dispersed camping outside of west Yellowstone. The campground has a great view of a lake. There is cell phone signal (Sprint & AT&T) but it is spotty. Restrooms on site & picnic tables at every site.

Cute campground!

Cute campground! Hosts are really nice! Firewood for sale. No cell service. Host said it can flood during high water seasons.

One of the best run camp grounds!

This camp ground is first come first serve so get there early in the day and early in the week! When you do it won’t disappoint with stunning lakeside views and picturesque sights of The sawtooth mountains! Easy access to a sandy beach and boat ramp it’s the perfect place for an RV getaway!

It's okay

Cramped sites, over priced. They have a pool and hot tub with hot showers that were great only because we went a week without one while going through Yellowstone. We did get to watch a great thunder storm roll over us that night.

I love mackay lake

Wonderful place to be, accommodations are unreal

Awesome

Camping is a dream here, fits almost all campers and owners are nice people

Amazing destination

I love mackay andits community, of you show up in the summer you get amazing weather and incredible fishing. Would 10/10 recommend to anybody

Great little spot

As the other reviewers mentioned, it is right on the road, so you're likely to hear cars driving past. Because it was so dusty, we decided to stay in our car rather than pitching the tent. Overall though we really enjoyed this great little spot for our night in the Sun Valley area!

I’d stay here again.

Great free camping not far from West Yellowstone. We stayed 6/11/19 and there were still spots available. The gravel road coming from west Yellowstone is very scenic. The lake is beautiful also. Great spots to watch the sunrise over the lake. Dog friendly.

Pretty spot

We pulled in and paid our $5 senior rate before I realized we were in a reservable spot. I checked with the host who was awesome and said no worries, it hadn’t been reserved so we were fine. It was beautiful there but the weather was nasty. It snowed and we actually had frost on the windows the next morning so we didn’t get to explore since we were only there for the night. If you are headed to West Yellowstone there is an absolutely beautiful drive on a dirt road by taking the Fort Henry bypass. We had a lot of mud due to the weather but made it fine in our Mercedes Coachmen.

Very cool place

It was like another planet. We really enjoyed this park & campground. We were told it fills up fast but we got there early enough and then went exploring. The weather was cool & rainy so we didn’t explore as much as we would have liked.

Great campground

They just added 10+ new sites and new toilets and we think we were the first to stay in this one. There were not very many people there on a Tuesday night. We have a senior pass so paid $6.00. I would have given it 5 stars but the only downfall was the highway was close enough we heard the traffic a lot but was also a plus because it was easy access.

Clean but traffic...

Camp ground was clean and nice! River runs close and plenty of shade! The only complaint is it is right next to a busy road so you get to listen to semi trucks drive by all night.

Camping

It was a blast!!

It was great!

Our family really enjoyed the campground. It was clean and organized. The staff were pleasant and helpful. We’ll be back!

Beautiful site next to river

Went in early June. Pretty cold but very beautiful.

First to Review
Close to metropolitan area but secluded

Busy but still has plenty of unreserved availability. Within 100 ft of sagehen reservoir with it's own dock and boat launch. Plenty of trails for all skill levels. Avid climber and backpacker before kids but still found trails that challenged us with the kids.

Beautiful laid out campground. Very well done.

Dry camp, first come first served. An official dark sky location. Great for star gazing.

Clean, accessible, perfect

First time camping here (my husband did growing up). I was surprised to find bathrooms readily available (no water but still…) very clean, did not see any trash. Sites were easily accessible. There were some decent ruts in the road in a few spots due to the wet spring, but nothing impassable. Would definitely visit again.