Dispersed Camping

McClendon Spring Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

Explore the Cotterel Mountains or hunt for upland birds and deer near this semi-developed camping destination. McClendon Spring was a favorite resting place for emigrants along the California Trail.

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Location

McClendon Spring Campground is located in Idaho

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Directions

Located approximately 5 miles northwest of Malta, Idaho. Follow signs from Highway 77 west of Malta.

Coordinates

42.33558 N
113.40717 W

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Access

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R
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2022

Wow what a view!

After almost missing the turnoff 1.5 miles west of town it was a slow 4 mile drive on a rocky country road to get to the springs. Beautiful out of the way dispersed camping spot. The spring is still running although very small. Saw deer and tons of stars. The road is not that big rig friendly. We have a 27' TT.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Ralph M., August 20, 2022
Lauren C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2022

What Oasis? Don't waste your time!

HUGE disappointment. We drive 3 miles with our TT on a long steep dirt road, to find an overgrown site with no "spring". The trees and grass have taken over and the spring was dry. You could see exposed pipes, maybe the re-route that water in the summer? There are two sites (supposedly there are 5), one of which is completely exposed to the sun, the other is located close to the "spring" within a mangled mess of weeds and overgrown trees. With the hot temperatures and high winds, we didn't want to risk it. If you have travel trailer, 4x4 is recommended as the road is rough and steep in places. The turn off the highway is VERY tight, watch out of the cattle guard if you have low clearance.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Lauren C., July 24, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Lauren C., July 24, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Lauren C., July 24, 2022
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Reviewed May. 21, 2022

Feel like you accidentally stumble on utopia

Surreal to drive up and in on narrow single Track. So exciting as you don’t know if you found something special or are lost. Love it. Has many Mountain View’s plus a small forest for coverage and a lake. Place is boss.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Michael G., May 21, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Michael G., May 21, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Michael G., May 21, 2022
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Becbecandbunny O.
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2022

Little oasis

What a great find during our travels through Southern Idaho. Situated by a pond with lots of birds made our stay very peaceful. Lights of a nearby town (Malta) could be seen from a distance making this spot even more lovely at night. Pitted toilet. One site had picnic tables. Decent cell coverage.

Google maps led us down an unpassable road. Instead take Tiffler Road/1250 S from the 81 for a smoother ride (still dirt but passable in a 2WD vehicle).

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Becbecandbunny O., April 8, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Becbecandbunny O., April 8, 2022
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Becbecandbunny O., April 8, 2022
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Maureen F.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2021

Good for a stopover

This is a typical BLM site. Be prepared with everything you might need. There is a vault toilet and people have thrown trash down it, so don’t be those people. It’s about 6.5 miles off of a paved road in a well maintained gravel road if you follow the GPS directions in the dark. Otherwise. It’s a good stopping point between the national Parks and the PNW

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Month of VisitSeptember
Sarah E.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2019

Gorgeous

A great place to camp, but few shaded areas. Clean.

  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Sarah E., October 6, 2019
MeLinda W.
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2019

Isolated oasis.

A must for a night or two.

Natalie B.
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2017

Great view, quiet campground

You may be a little unsure when you are driving to it, but trust me this place is great. Offers great views of the mountains and Malta below. The campground is nestled in a nice grove of trees that has a small creek running through it. Really cool trees and Aspen to explore. Vault toilets, no water so be prepared.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Natalie B., October 22, 2017
  • Review photo of McClendon Spring Campground by Natalie B., October 22, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there cell phone reception at McClendon Spring Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.