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American Falls, IDAHO

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Gorgeous

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

Great Snake River views!

This is a small campground located just north of the hwy. along the Snake River. Several sites in lower loop have outstanding river views. Sites are mostly well spaced, gravel and level. Some pull through sites good for big RVs. Almost every site had water and elec. Several nature trails and geology trail. Restrooms looked standard but did not use. Small visitor center provides Oregon Trail history of the area and the rocks. About two miles away in a different park of the park is Register Rock showing names of OT settlers located in a nice picnic park. You can make reservations on line but we drove in about 2pm and had a choice of sites. Would have given 5 stars except for some uneven sites. We will definitely come back as we pass by or stay a few days just to enjoy sitting on a rock above the river.

Springtime review

It occured to me that since I visited this property a second time that I should get perspective on my earlier spring visit. We had a wet spring so it was a bit muddy in places, gravel on these roads would go a long way in keeping the mud down and the hole smaller. Next the grass had not been cut down and was very high, walking around in the morning ment wet shoes plus it made it more difficult to set up and tear down. I only mention these inconveniences because of the high price to stay at the resort. Firewood has to be bought there, but it is a fair price and is delivered directly to your site. If you are tent camping in the far sites the bathroom is a bit of a walk but not terrible, and in my other review they are kept very clean. Even with the minor annoyances, this is a great place to get away and relax and enjoy. And BTW…it's bring your own alcohol, so if you indulge be forewarned. Enjoy!

Tucked away fun little Jewel

In far away Downey Idaho is a little resort with hot springs, cabins, wagons, teepees, a RV campground and a nice little eatery and a load of other fun things. It's small but busy so make reservations, when you check in ask about the steak and soak…so worth it especially if you arrive later and only have a few hours. One of the biggest pluses is the cleanliness of the whole property and the level of care throughout. This is a great place for families where parents can relax as the kiddos entertain themselves and you can meet up at the campfire for dinner. This is a high recommendation for this great place.

Just the way I like it

Those of you that are traveling koas are the best for you I hate koa campin that is for wimps getting your ass out In a tent now is real camping

Nice fishing

I love all of the fish we caught out of there

Quaint and convenient

Really cute private campground right off I30 near Lava Springs, Idaho

Some highway noise. Very clean sites. Vault toilets, clean and decorated nicely. Really wish they had a bathhouse and place to wash dishes. Firepit. Picnic table with flower pot was really a nice touch. Level, gravel, back in sites. Prices a bit high for just water and electric $40 to $55 They also rent tiny trailers, $55 a night. Lots of tent sites as well. Grass playground. Creek nearby. No camp store but they do sell firewood. Owner Annie, super friendly and accommodating. Refunded two nights since we wanted a shower. Only charged $5. 9/5/19

Not bad if you don't mind the highway

My wife and I lived here in an old RV for a year while we were working in the area. It's a pretty clean place, mostly residents but there were usually a few open RV sites as well as a few tent spaces. It is right on the highway, from our spot I could've thrown a rock and hit traffic on the I-84. The owners are nice and live on-site. They have a little gift shop that also has a salon in it. Not a bad place, not a great place, but good for what we needed it for.

Affordable Group Campground

Such an amazing experience. Pavilion with lighting and outlets for electricity ran items or even RVs. They have bathrooms on the site and it's handicap accessible. Wonderful for weddings or parties. Very affordable!

Pretty spot with a Cool Suspension Bridge

Nice Location right along the Portneuf River with very easy acess to the hot springs thanks to a cool suspension bridge!  The campsites are very well shaded and there are options for RV hookups.

A KOA right along the River!

This is a packed area for campground and other lodging!  There are 3 other places to stay along the same road including this KOA.  It does have quite a large store if you are staying nearby and need to stock up on things.  There are sites with options for hookups and it appeared there were some small cabins for rent.  A small railroad style bridge also crossed the river to the south

Great spot for a KOA!

One of the vest locations for a KOA in terms of tourist stuff to do.  The downtown of Lava spring is a walk away and so is the large enclosed hot sprngs and pool.  There is also an outdoor pool at the KOA and a small convenience store.  A local mexican food truck is also parked right in the campground!

The campsites are all typical KOA sites with options for hookups.  A third of the sites sit right along the Portneuf River

More than the Name Suggests!

Agreat little campground that is split into a more developed tent area and a primitive tent area.  The developed tent area had gravel pads along with picnic tables and metal fire rings.  There was also a halfdicap vault toilet near the entrance.  At the primitive site we found a wonderful little rope swing that swung out over the creek.  All the primitive sites were wonderfully cool and shaded while the developed sites were more exposed

Wonderful Step into the Past!

An amazing stat in an incredibly historic and rusty piece of Lava Hot Springs.  The cabin we stayed in was an old miners cabin and they had 4 other smaller cabins that were further up the hill.  There were so many pieces of historic amercana strewn about as well as a rope swing.  There was a full bathroom as well as a full kitchen that you could access at any time.  The hosts were very generous and made us a french toast breakfast in the morning!  We are a absolutely planning on staying here again!

Great KOA like campground

A great little campground with many full hookups for RVs and some tent sites.  There is a small store in the office and a pretty little lake nearby but we didnt see any fish.  Lucky for the fisher though the Portneuf River is also right in the campground.  Theres a little bit of shade but not really any large trees.  If you want to head further up into the mountains this is a great spot to head north from.  It is also very close <5 minutes from Lava Hot Springs.

Primitive Camping by the River

This is a decent dispersed camping area that has spots scattered along the river.  The only amenities here are the vault toilet and the great fishing.  There were also stone fire rings at all of the sites.  Some interesting placards about the area and wildlife were the only other developed thing and like said below it is very close to the train tracks.

Wide Open Spot by the River

This was a great wide open spot right on the river.  There was plenty of room for tents.  It was a large open meadow that had trees everywhere around the outskirts with the river to the south.  A half basketball court and 2 metal coverings were near where you parked.  Picnic tables and metal fire rings were also scattered around the meadow.  There was one large handicap accessible bathroom and site

Nice spot with RV and Motel Rooms

This place has easy access for when you're rolling into the town late at night and without a reservation.  The RV spots are a little easier to get so if you want a motel room during the summer be sure to reserve ahead of time.  There are over a dozen RV sites and 8 fairly newly renovated fully furnished motel rooms.

The rooms are fairly cheap but give them a call as the owners have recently changed within the last month.  Nearby there are more hot springs than you could visit in a day!  Portneuf Canyon and River to the north holds great trout fishing if you're looking for something else to do!

First to Review
Simple spot for RVs

This spot for mostly RVs was a no thrills place for people who want to spend most of their time out of the campground or hanging out in their RVs.  The site is set up with full RV hookups around the perimeter of a large gravel parking lot area.  There is more RV sites a little higher up and further east.

There also looked like they had small apartments for rent for the day kind of like an Airbnb.  We weren'table to see the insides of these apartments but they were unfinished on the outside.  There are hotsprings all around Lava and there are plenty of restaurants and small touristy shops along the main street

Beautiful Trails

This campground is a little bit of a drive to get to, but it is well maintained and has great hiking trails.

Beautiful location

Great hiking and horseback riding trails, quiet, not too crowded.

More for boating than little kids

I’ll start by saying that we were overcome with insects. That clearly tainted my experience. Maybe the bugs are only there at certain times but they were thick. People were wearing head nets and we spoke with a number of people who were cutting their trips short as a result. Beyond that there was no real good water access for the kids. There was a pretty good park with play equipment for the kids during the midday hours. It probably wouldn’t be too bad for a day spot.

Host is pistol packing Pete" I don't want to be a hard ass" with a gun.

Never go there, the camp host is a hard ass with a gun. I go camping to enjoy the out doors and have never met a camp host who was not pleasent when speaking to me. This ass has some character flaws. Even when wrong he didn't back down, only go here if you want to get pushed around.

Not for us

This was our first attempt to find a place to land in the Idaho Falls Area. Located about 10 miles south of Idaho Falls, it is a relatively new 12-unit RV Park (although they list prices for tent sites). When we arrived, there were two open spots but no apparent host or staff on-site. Sites are close to each other in typical RV Park fashion. There were some nice shade trees but they really did not provide much privacy/ separation between sites. The office was closed and you needed a code to access the restroom which we could see no way of obtaining. There were only large RVs camped there even though there are supposedly tent sites (without a code to the bathroom and nowhere that I could see to pitch a tent, I don’t see tenters staying there). There was some road noise and a chain link fence surrounded the campground. Nothing scenic about it. We moved on.

So refreshing

Amazing campground! Went during Fourth of July weekend and the valley this campground sits on is so green and spacious. Despite the campground being full of families, it was quiet and refreshing. Campground is a very short drive to Main Street in Lava. The family running it are kind. Reasonable pricing. FYI no restrooms or showers, just porta potties.

River access camping

Right on the snake river outside America Falls. This is a dispersed camping only site. It has a single vault toilet. The road is a dirt road with deep ruts. I was able to drive slowly and make it in a Hyundai. Small camper vans could make it as well but I wouldn’t even try to get a motor home down to it. There is a boat ramp and a small dock. The camping is first come first serve no reservations. It is a bit difficult to find but there is sportsman’s access signage on the main road. I stayed only one night. I think there are a lot better camping opportunities in the area. I won’t be going back. It was dirty and gave me the creeps. Lol

Free Camping, No Luxuries

This free campground has about 10 sites to choose from, mostly RV but occasionally tent camping. There is a bathroom, no luxury showers or a store to buy firewood or items. It’s about a 10min or less drive to Lava Hot Springs in case you need supply. This campground is right next to the river, has a small waterfall and beautiful scenery all around. The road is extremely bumpy so if your have a low car or trailer be careful. The pros of this is its free. 1st come 1st serve, nice, quiet area. The cons, no shower, hook ups, store and the train that runs by Lava Hot Springs can be heard.

T1 Campsite is A Hidden Oasis

We had scouted T1 campsite at the KOA Holiday in Lava Hot Springs. This campground runs along the creek and is directly across from Mary’s Campground. Site T1 is for a family of 2 maybe 3 but it’s large enough for 2 medium size tents and 1 large one and our canopy. The site itself is surrounded by water and even has a small water fall that you could sit in as if it were a small hot tub size. This KOA is clean and friendly staff. They do have a store for some basic supplies and sell firewood. Not only are there tent sites but also have RV sites, cabins camp and large family size cabins. They have bathrooms/showers and a large playground for young kids. This KOA is within walking distance to Lava Hot Springs Main Street which has places to eat, hot pools, stores, ice cream place and more. Definitely would stay at this KOA again and again.

A Last Resort

So, this campground is a bit flat, and just no character to it. Just plain. Luckily it’s right near the water. They do have bathrooms and showers. Small place to eat and walking distance to the water to swim in. This I see as a day trip..

Tucked Away

There are a total of 10 campsites surrounded by trees and water. The campsites are a good size and runs along the creek. There are hiking trails and the scenery is photo perfect. This site is first come first serve so I would advise get there early.