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Bayhorse Recreation Site

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Bureau of Land Management

The headwaters of the Salmon River are in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. BLM recreation sites along this stretch start at the East Fork confluence, followed downstream by Bayhorse, Deadman Hole, Challis Bridge, Cottonwood, Kilpatrick, Gold Bug Hot Springs, Elevenmile, Eightmile, Shoup Bridge, Morgan Bar and Tower Rock. Bayhorse Campground is at 5400-foot elevation and is ten miles south of Challis on Highway 75. Named for a historic mining district, Bayhorse Campground has 11 campsites along the Salmon River offering plentiful fishing. Anglers come for the resident cutthroat and rainbow trout, steelhead and whitefish. Visitors can take the road west to Bayhorse Lake, which is near a number of historic mines. The entire area is rich in mining history, and this is a comfortable base camp for exploring the Land of the Yankee Fork. Amenities Include: 11 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings; Seasonal Campground Hosts; Potable Water (beware of the sprinkler system if tenting); Vault toilets; Boat ramp and day use parking area; drinking water, restrooms; Plenty of hiking trails and interpretive sites to explore.

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Camping fee: $10/night. Standard stay limits.

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Kim R.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Beautiful spots on the river

Beautiful area right off of Highway 75 on the river

Month of VisitSeptember
Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2021

Ok for an overnight

Only 10 minutes outside of Challis, this is a small campground next tot he Salmon river. Try and get a site on the river side as some have access tothe water. Amenities are the standard picnic tables and fire pits, with the added bonus of a grill. There is a nice boat ramp and info about the salmon populations. Right next to the highway, this is not a destination campground but a nice spot for a quick overnighter.

Month of VisitAugust
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Mack T.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021

Good site when you need one.

I would say there are plenty more options along 93 that are worth your time but if you’re like us and needed a place last minute, it’ll do. Maybe about 12-17 sites and only 3 were filled when we showed up at 9:30pm. All rvs. There is a bathroom and running water. Hosts are there and mind their own business. $10. It’s along the road so expect head lights every 20-30 minutes. It’s along the snake river but there is no noise from it at that location. Also there is a sprinkler system that randomly comes on all over the campground so be cautious of that. It scared the living crap out of us in the middle of the night and you could easily get wet if you put your tent in the wrong spot.

Month of VisitJuly


Bayhorse Recreation Site is located in Idaho

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Approximately 10 miles southwest of Challis, Idaho: travel south from Challis on Highway 93 for 2 miles, turn right onto Highway 75 and drive southwest for approximately 8 miles. The site will be on your right between the highway and the Salmon River.


44.40055504 N
114.260352 W

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