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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
Hot springs, starry skies, forest

Absolutely beautiful area at night the sky is so dark we could see the milky way. There are massive pine trees throughout, and beautiful relaxing hot springs are a short hike away. The only reason it isnt 5 stars is because you arent very secluded from the other campers

Our go to

My family and i visit here at least twice a year. We love views and there is always something to do. Wish they had more sites with sewer hook ups but they do have a very easy to use dump station on site.

Closed for Covid-19

Lolo National Forest established campgrounds are still closed as of 5/31/2020.

Lolo Creek runs alongside the highway and is beautiful and rushing water so I’d bet if this campground was open that it would be beautiful too!

I found a pull off on a dirt road and am nestled right next to the creek, free dispersed since in National Forest.

5/31 Sunday night

We stayed on a Sunday night and the sites on either side of us were empty.  Very calm.  Beautiful location.  I can see where it could be slightly cramped if the campground is full, but it was perfect for us.

No such place

Drove here and there is nothing here…

Saved the day

We stumbled upon this place when we couldn’t find anything else and it was wonderful. If you plan on hiking, bring bear spray.

Nice Clean Campground near Craters of the Moon

We stayed in site# B4 with full hook up. Nice level site with a picnic table very clean. We stayed here because it's close to Craters of the moon which is a neat national Park to visit. It's a dark sky park and has great little hikes. 

The campground had a little restaurant that is open on weekends so we had a good dinner in there they served Ribs (fall off the bone), a loaded baked potato, slaw & garlic toast for $16.00 and they have beer & wine. 

This was a stop on the way from Florida to Oregon glad we stopped here.

Nice campground, good sites

We stayed in site # 60. It was a big site but there are 2 sites in this campground that you need 2 hoses to hook up this is one of them. The staff offer a 2nd hose since some don't have 2 with them. It it close to the bathroom. We had water & electric and there's a dump station there. 

It was nice they have a little area you can keep a boat or kayaks in that's protected & you can lock them to hooks or just tie them up, It was a short walk from our site. They sell firewood there which is nice. 

The lake has a nice swim area & beach with a bit of parking, also has a nice boat ramp with lots of parking. We got a bunch of Crappie & found several good lures wrapped in the trees. 

Nice campground and it's cheap with the national Park pass, we paid $101 for 7 nights.  Love recreation.gov.

Ugh...

I love to come spend time up here. but we never camp here over night. It is extremely over used by atvs and side by sides. A ton of utahns camp here and like to leave trash behind. I dont recommend bringing children as crazy drunk people dont pay attention!!!!

Full Service RV Park on Spokane River

Spent one night in site #51, a premium riverfront site.  The site was reasonably level , not very private (most if not all spaces are out in the open). Lots of green grass all around and full hookups in our location.  We could see the Spokane River from most of the windows in our rig and would have spent time in the nice adirondack chairs along the river if it hadn’t rained the bulk of the tie we were there.  We did take a walk on the nature trail and found some nice flowers and wild mint growing on the shores,  Cute little hobbit houses and bird houses along the way.  We got decent Verizon coverage.  We use a couple of jet packs and rarely use park provided wifi as it usually slow.  This place was no exception.  

We met one work camper there cleaning our site and she was friendly.  The office staff was ok, not overly friendly and I can see why they might not get high scores as some of the ladies in the office were very standoffish.

I would have given this place five stars because our site was very nice.  Great view.  HOWEVER, unless you splurge for a riverfront site, the rest of the sites are a big gravel parking lot.  So, if you stay here go for the riverfront sites.