Places to Camp in 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.

Best Camping Sites in Idaho (1,299)

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Coeur d'Alene

    1.

    Camp Coeur d'Alene

    39 Reviews
    85 Photos
    231 Saves
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Camp Coeur d’Alene is a destination campground with water access to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Wild and remote, yet only 15 minutes from the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Resident wildlife sets the scene with the lake and mountain for a backdrop. We have cabins, RV spaces, or tent spaces for your stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $39 - $83 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday

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    Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday

    39 Reviews
    107 Photos
    133 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Just 6 miles from Yellowstone's west entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana (the most popular and convenient entry point), you'll find a pine-shaded site that is the perfect base camp for exploring the world's first national park. Old Faithful puts on its steamy regular-as-clockwork show just 30 miles away. The area offers horseback riding, world-class fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, a nightly Old West Rodeo, Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Return for a soak in the indoor pool housed in a classic Montana log building. Fuel up with a latte and pancakes for breakfast and a barbecue dinner in the evening (featuring Almost Famous ribs). Save room for delicious homemade fudge.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $120 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park

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    Peninsula Campground — Ponderosa State Park

    36 Reviews
    59 Photos
    184 Saves
    McCall, Idaho

    Ponderosa State Park offers every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups, amid a beyond-scenic mountain setting next to Payette Lake. There’s always more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers.

    Beautiful Payette Lake surrounds the Peninsula Unit and is the shoreline of the North Beach Unit of the park, located in the heart of one of Idaho’s most popular year-round destinations. Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist in the evening at the amphitheater or walk with them on one of the trails. Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the summer months. Visitors can meander the North Fork of the Payette River in a canoe or kayak (rentals available), Nordic ski on groomed trails, snowshoe on designated trails, or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view.

    Whether you enjoy cooking in a Dutch oven at a primitive camp site or an indoor stove in the comfort of a deluxe, lakeview cabin, Ponderosa State Park presents plentiful overnight experiences with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Island Crossing State Park Campground

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    Three Island Crossing State Park Campground

    34 Reviews
    114 Photos
    185 Saves
    Glenns Ferry, Idaho

    Three Island Crossing State Park Campground is a gem for anyone looking to mix a bit of history with their outdoor adventure. Nestled near Glenns Ferry, Idaho, this campground sits right on the Snake River, offering some stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The park is steeped in history, being located across from the actual Oregon Trail. There's even an Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on-site, which is a fantastic spot to soak up some historical knowledge.

    The campground itself is pretty accommodating. You can set up a tent, park your RV, or even try out glamping or staying in a yurt. Visitors have mentioned that the sites are spacious and well-maintained, with plenty of trees and grass to give it that lush, green feel. Some sites come with full hookups, making it convenient for those who need water and electricity.

    One of the standout features here is the clean and easily accessible showers and bathrooms. It's always a plus when you can freshen up after a day of exploring. Speaking of exploring, there's a lot to do around here. You can take a lovely walk down to the river, or if you're into disc golf, there's an 18-hole Frisbee golf course that's a hit with many campers. And for a bit of local flavor, the nearby YKnot Winery is just a walk away.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. And if you're into picnicking, there are plenty of picnic tables scattered around. Just remember, fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. All in all, Three Island Crossing State Park Campground offers a great mix of relaxation, history, and outdoor fun.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henrys Lake State Park Campground

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    Henrys Lake State Park Campground

    33 Reviews
    118 Photos
    259 Saves
    Island Park, Idaho

    High in the Caribou–Targhee National Forest, 90 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Henrys Lake is a stone’s throw from the Continental Divide and the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Situated in a wide, flat basin, and surrounded by 10,000-foot peaks, this shallow alpine lake is as popular with migrating birds as it is with local sport fishers. The small state park at Henrys Lake is a great spot for spending a few days fishing, lounging and wildlife watching, or for exploring some of the area’s other attractions, including Yellowstone, Harriman State Park, Mesa Falls, and various hiking, horseback, and ATV trails.

    Campers visiting Henrys Lake State Park will find more than 80 tent and RV sites situated near the lake’s eastern shore. Sites are equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic tables, and fire pits with cooking grills. Some sites are ADA accessible. Campground amenities include flush restrooms, showers, picnic areas. A dump station is located onsite. The park also has a few camping cabins for rent. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed. Camping is available from mid-May through mid-October. Sites are $20–$31/night; cabins are $50–$55/night; reservations are accepted.

    For fishing on the lake, the park has a boat ramp and fish cleaning station. Yellowstone cutthroat is the most common at Henrys Lake, but there is also a significant number of cutthroat-rainbow (cut-bow) hybrids. Paddlers can launch from the beach area; kayak rentals are available. Wildlife watching from the park’s 3 miles of hiking and biking trails—as well as the lake’s shoreline–can be exceptional. Besides the prolific number of migrating birds, including waterfowl, eagles and hawks, there are frequent sightings of deer, moose, and antelope. The park also hosts seasonal nature programs.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground

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    Bruneau Dunes State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    74 Photos
    149 Saves
    Bruneau, Idaho

    With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites too.

    Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sand board from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are only permitted  on the main road. You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. (Observatory open Friday and Saturday evenings, April through mid-October.)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $29 - $39 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Massacre Rocks State Park Campground

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    Massacre Rocks State Park Campground

    28 Reviews
    112 Photos
    185 Saves
    Rockland, Idaho

    Located on the mighty Snake River, Massacre Rocks State Park is rich in history and full of year-round recreation.

    Miles of hiking trails provide access to a bounty of plant and bird species, Oregon Trail history, and geologic wonders. Rock climbers enjoy numerous routes. A world-class disc golf course provides players with one of the most challenging courses in Idaho. A scenic picnic area surrounds Register Rock, where emigrant names are inscribed, creating a desert oasis for the modern traveler. Remnants of the Oregon Trail are seen easily from either end of the park.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountain Home RV Park

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    Mountain Home RV Park

    25 Reviews
    56 Photos
    41 Saves
    Mountain Home, Idaho

    Welcome to Mountain Home RV Park, a top-notch spot near Mountain Home, Idaho. This place is a gem for RV travelers and tent campers alike, offering a comfortable stay with plenty of amenities to keep you happy.

    First off, the park is open all year, so you can plan your visit anytime. The sites here are spacious, with concrete pads that make parking a breeze. Many visitors have praised the level pads and the ample space between sites, which even include some lovely shade trees. One camper even mentioned having their own pear tree!

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that the park is pet-friendly and even has two fenced dog parks. Your furry friends will love the grassy areas to roll around in. Speaking of grass, the park is well-maintained with green lawns that add to the overall pleasant atmosphere.

    The facilities here are top-notch. The bathrooms and showers are frequently mentioned as being excellent—clean and well-kept. There's also a pool, which is a hit with families, although some kids wished it was a bit deeper. If you need to do laundry, there are two laundry facilities on-site.

    One unique aspect of this park is the check-in process. Instead of heading into the office, you stay in your vehicle, and a staff member comes out to greet you and guide you to your site. It's a small touch, but it makes the arrival process smooth and hassle-free.

    The park is conveniently located near the highway, making it a great stopover for those on long road trips. Despite its proximity to the road, many visitors have noted that it's surprisingly quiet. Plus, it's close to various recreational activities if you want to explore the area.

    In summary, Mountain Home RV Park offers a comfortable, clean, and friendly environment with all the amenities you need for a pleasant stay. Whether you're here for a night or planning a longer visit, this park has got you covered.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Balanced Rock County Park

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    Balanced Rock County Park

    23 Reviews
    87 Photos
    326 Saves
    Castleford, Idaho

    Welcome to Balanced Rock County Park, a charming spot near Castleford, Idaho. This place is a hidden gem, perfect for a peaceful getaway. The park is named after the nearby Balanced Rock, a fascinating natural formation that's just a short drive away. Don't blink, or you might miss it!

    The campground itself is pretty straightforward. It's more of a park that allows overnight camping rather than a traditional campground. You can stay for up to seven nights, and it's free, which is always a bonus. There aren't any designated campsites, but you'll find picnic tables and grills scattered around, which sort of act as informal spots. Just be mindful of the sprinklers—they're on during the week, so avoid setting up on the grass unless you want an unexpected shower.

    For amenities, you've got the basics: pit toilets, trash bins, and drinking water. No electric or sewer hookups here, so it's a bit rustic. Pets are welcome, and fires are allowed, making it a great spot for a cozy evening under the stars. The park is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The scenery is lovely, with a stream running through the park and plenty of birds and even some beavers to spot. There's a small playground for kids and a nice area for fishing and picnicking. It's a quiet, serene place, perfect for unwinding. Just keep in mind that there's no cell service, so it's a good opportunity to disconnect and enjoy nature.

    If you're passing through near Twin Falls, this is a great spot to stop for a night or two. It's easily accessible for most vehicles, though larger RVs might find it a bit tight. Overall, Balanced Rock County Park offers a peaceful, scenic retreat that's well worth the visit.

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    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Harris

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    Mike Harris

    22 Reviews
    53 Photos
    145 Saves
    Victor, Idaho

    Overview

    Mike Harris Campground is located along scenic Teton Pass, just 5 miles from Victor, Idaho at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Visitors enjoy fishing, exploring local trails and sightseeing in this beautiful region.

    Recreation

    Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular activities on the Mikesell Canyon Trail, which begins at the site. Trail Creek offers fishing for Yellowstone cutthroat and brook trout.

    Facilities

    The campground contains single-family sites with picnic tables, campfire rings and food storage lockers. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Roads and parking spurs are gravel.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated near Trail Creek among a forest of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area, including moose and deer. Summer wildflowers are abundant.

    Nearby Attractions

    Popular activities in the area include the Teton Valley Summer Festival over the Fourth of July in Driggs, with a hot air balloon festival, parade, rodeo, bike races and craft booths. Grand Targhee Resort is nearby with outstanding annual music festivals: Targhee Fest is in mid-July; Targhee Bluegrass Festival is in mid-August. The resort also offers lift-served hiking and mountain biking, scenic lift rides, guided horseback riding, a climbing wall and an 18-hole disc golf course. Grand Teton National Park's Granite Entrance is 22 miles away; Jackson, Wyoming is 19 miles away. Yellowstone National Park is within a couple hours drive.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $17 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available in Idaho?

According to TheDyrt.com, Idaho offers a wide range of camping options, with 1299 campgrounds and RV parks in Idaho and 155 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground in Idaho?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground in Idaho is Camp Coeur d'Alene with a 4.3-star rating from 39 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping in Idaho?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 155 free dispersed camping spots in Idaho.

What are the best parks in Idaho?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 15 parks in Idaho that allow camping, notably Sawtooth National Forest and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.