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About Idaho Camping

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.

Recent Reviews In Idaho

2636 Reviews of 1335 Idaho Campgrounds

Megan H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Simple and basic, close to town

Various pull out sites off a gravel road (no 4x4 required). No facilities. Close to town, a few pretty sites with some shade.

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Megan H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Stunning views!

Incredible views of Stanley lake, can get busy during summer months (reservations recommended if possible). Beautiful trails in the area (take your bear spray). Easily accessible for smaller RV's (big RV's should be ok too but may not fit in all spots). The lake itself is usually quiet and nice…

Month of VisitJuly
Megan H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Beautiful campground

One of my favorite campgrounds in this area due to the close proximity to Sun Valley and the Harriman bike trail (gravel). Facilities are well kept with water, picnic table and fire pits (I believe there are electric hook-ups at some sites although we never use those). Definitely some road noise…

Month of VisitJuly
Mike E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021

Great boondock near the highway

This area used to be a state park but the state abandoned it and removed all their facilities. It is now under BLM jurisdiction. It's got a good gravel road leading into it off Merrill road. Just take the exit for McCammon and turn right twice, entering the gravel road at the brown lava stone…

Month of VisitDecember
Mike E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2021

Good stop over

This is BLM land. Black canyon is also used for ATVs during the summer months so there is that type of traffic i and users present. We are visiting just before Thanksgiving in November and it's quite quiet here I will add more detail after staying a couple of nights.

Month of VisitDecember
T
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2021

Great spot!

This was a great spot to hang for the night. Easy night check in, full hookups and WiFi. What more could you want?

Month of VisitDecember
Matt S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2021

Decent place to stop

This was easy to get into and had plenty of places to pull off of the paved road and they were level. No hookups but easy to get any size rig in and out and there is a nice paved walking path around the area. Also there is a large area to turn around near the archery range.

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DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2021

Great hidden gem

My wife and I stayed here while motorcycle camping with our cat in July 2019.  Loved the days we stayed.  Our campsite was situated so we had good solar reception.  Fire ring was good, as was the picnic table.  Discovered a spring just a few miles west of the campground where water was easily…

Month of VisitAugust
John I.
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2021

Easy access, pleasant surroundings

Just a quick overnight off I84. Few people here, cold! Seems clean, well marked.

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Month of VisitDecember
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2021

Very accommodating & clean

With many of the campgrounds being closed this time of year we felt very lucky to find Wallace RV park. We called ahead to another campground that had beautiful pictures but upon arriving the place was a total dump. We continued on and found Wallace RV Park. The water had been shut off for the…

Month of VisitDecember
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2021

Not Open

Planned to take a nights rest here on my way to Oregon, and was unpleasantly surprised that it was closed. The visit was in early November. Makes sense it was closed. Was able to camp on the road nearby as it was all forest service land. Lots of large pull outs alongside the river.

Month of VisitDecember
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2021

Fantastic landscapes

Standard profit maximized government campground with some unique sites. Super clean bathrooms, easy self pay, accessible sites and a lot of walking and driving activities available. Will definitely feel crowded when full. Sat/sun night at the end of oct was maybe 25%. Excellent stargazing

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Month of VisitNovember
Camp V.
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2021

Outstanding

A one of a kind experience! I’m almost tempted not to right a review because I want to keep this place a secret for myself.

SiteCaribou Ridge campsite
Month of VisitAugust
C
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2021

Waterfalls are beautiful!

The waterfalls are beautiful snd worth the hike! Lots of locals enjoy the spot. The campsite is nice, not many amenities so bring what you need! Good place to hang out. The water stays cold well into the summer.

Month of VisitJuly

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