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Cool Campground Surrounded by Lava

Scenic and cool campsite smack in the middle of the lava beds of Craters of the Moon National Monument. Interesting information center within a quick walking distance with lots of national park rangers and activities.

Campsites are pretty small, but many are surrounded by LAVA. That said, very little shade, so if it’s the summer, it will be very hot.

Water, toilets, all available. RVs allowed but no hook-ups. No fire pits, but they do have charcoal grills available.

Very cool lava flow hikes and formations all around.

No privacy but awesome location

Camping at Craters of the moon is like camping… on the moon

Free camping with power wifi and everything nearby.

It's a free campground ran by a disabled vet. He can't and won't charge anyone, though lately has been allowing donations to pay it forward and help with things like recovering the power installation etc. Come make a friend, share a beer, hang as long as you want as long as you're not a jerk. Dogs are welcome and the place is named after one.

Right by N fork of Boise and lots of solitude

This campground lies near a beautiful stream and has seclusion all around you! The area is best explored by motorized vehicles as theres not many hiking trails. This is one of the areas where we haul wood from so it's great for fallen and standing dead timber

Great spot with seclusion most of the time

A great spot to camp if 5 points if full and you dont have horses to take up to the horse camp north of here. Theres hotsprings nearby to the east and a little outpost at the 5 points branching. If you have an ATV you can cross the creek to the north which has a pretty washed out roadbut leads to old mines and beautiful views

Great campground just in the foothills

WWith this campground you'll get solitude most weekends as most people heading into the Sawtooths go to the Sun Valley Area. Since it is so remote you can also ride around on ATVs pretty much anywhere. A good escape if you dont feel like going a little deeper

Stunning, Free, Within 15 Mins from Amenities

A good friend of ours brought us up to Stanley, ID to explore for a week on horseback, hiking, and camping. I have been a professional photographer for many years, although I have seen stunning jaw dropping landscape photos in magazines I had yet to find myself in a location that would take my breath away… Until the day we set up camp at Decker Flatts.

I wont rattle on about how we were within 2 mins of a hiking trail that leads you to "Hell's Roaring lake", or about the amazing Trout fishing within 10 feet of my tent, or even the stunning sunrises every morning. I wont even describe the Beauty of the 5 other lakes that were all within a 10 min drive and a 5-10 mile hike or horseback ride from our camp. (Upper Marshall Lake, Alice Lake, Petti Lake, Alpine Lake & Sawtooth Lake) I'll just let you see the photos attached to this review and hope you'll make the life changing camping trip we did.

a few things to know:

  1. The trails we took are not per-say beginner trails, the shortest one is 10 miles Round Trip and it leads you to Hell's Roaring Lake, (My wife and I Hike quite often and it was a most the day trip)
  2. All the other lakes we visited were on Horseback, they were all day long rides. i could not imagine making those trips in ONE day on foot, although we passed quite a few people whom have hiked up, spent the night, and hiked out the next day.
  3. Decker Flatts is really easy to Miss, passing red fish lodge turn off headed south keep going 12.8 miles till you see a creek crossing bridge called "4th of July creek", take you next left, cross the one lane bridge, follow the road to the left, your next left will enter the different camp sites available

The Sawtooth Mountain camping areas are designed for self-sufficient camping. the USFS campgrounds do not offer trailer hookups for water, sewer, or power. Because of heavy winter snows, most area campgrounds are open only from mid-May through Labor Day. The area you'll find Decker Flatts will amaze you when you see that the terrain flattens and broad meadows push back the forests. This sprawling preserve encompasses four mountain ranges, several large lakes which i have only explored a few. It's the sort of place that begs you to unplug your phone chargers let them die, lock the car, and put some ground under your feet, maybe even get knee deep in the crisp cool water of the river nearby.

Natural Features:

Dispersed campsites are stung along the flat river side, find yourself between pine and spruce trees that tower in stark contrast over the surrounding sprawling meadows. Although, this area is inaccessible during the winter months the meadows are wide and utilized by local ranchers to rise cattle.

Visitors may want to keep their eyes out for elk, deer, coyotes, and hawks as you take in the surroundings. Bobcats, mountain lions, and bear do live in the park, however they are rarely seen near humans.

Recreation:

Hikers, fisherman, photographers, mountain bikers and the average nature junkies flock to the Sawtooth Mountain range for the variety of available activities of the park.

Right on Alturas Lake. Water is COLD!

Small campground right on the shore. Nice camp host, bathrooms are clean. Tons of wildlife. Many great hiking areas nearby. We have heard wolves howling before.

Dispersed sites right on the creek!

My family has camped all along this creek and we love it. It has a lot of dispersed camping spots of varying sizes. There is a big group spot (or spot with a little less privacy for those who don't mind camping near other people) at the beginning of the road and at the end. There is a trail head sort of at the middle point of the road, and it has a pit bathroom. There are another two trailheads at the end of the road with some parking, and there is a pit bathroom there as well. So, camping near these two will provide a bathroom within a minute or two walk. 

The spots here are really fun because they are right on the creek! My family loves walking through them and exploring them (most of the creek is shin deep, sometimes there are little swimming holes that could come up to your waist). Be warned, the water is freezing! The sites also all have very fine dust so embrace the dirty camping spirit! 

There is a spot that has a steep decline right off the road into a camping spot, but if you cross the creek right there with your truck and high clearance towable, there are more cool spots right on the other side of the creek!

Bears lik dr. Pepper

Hotsprings, hiking, biking, fishing, and beautiful scenery. I love this place and all the wildlife. It can get busy but Its nice to spend the day fishing or hiking and end the day with a soak in the hot springs. Lots of bears in the area and they love dr pepper so hide your soda.

Convenient location to spend the night.

Campgrounds close to Ketchum. Campsites are all along a well-traveled forest road. If you don’t mind the occasional car driving by at night, it is a good spot to spend the night on the way to or from the SNRA.

A+ Time

Quite a view! Met several wonderful people along the trail, at the site, and during the summit. Great place all around. If going in fall, prepare for some ice in the evening and light fog. Great experience.

Welcome to Outer Space

There's a surreal quality to the place. Driving up the change in terrain is enough to make you speechless. Sleeping here is even better. Great atmosphere and sites and the visitor center is informative.

Great Campground!

I loved this campground! it feels like you are staying in the middle of the lava beds. it has easy checkin if you arrive after hours, reservations are not required and you can pay on site any hour of the day or night! It is clean and quiet. The facilities are well kept up. The Ranger station and visitor center are nearby. the campground is at the start of the drive through the Monument. It is open so you can do stargazing without difficulty! it was wonderful!

Don't just love the name!

My visit was wonderful! Beautiful lake access located on the best alcove of the lake. First come first serve can be frustrating but with a little patience and communication this is the better of the 4 campgrounds on Alturas, even better views than the reserve only one. Reasonably priced, bathrooms, dumpsters and fresh water available. The is also boat access and parking close by. Great water stability until about 2pm and then can become a little choppy but I still SUP'ped quite a bit then. Tip: get to know neighbors! We met someone visiting from Belize!

Far out there RV Park - middle of nowhere!

Cute campsite/RV Park. Nothing is around, so bring food and activities! The store is really cute, they serve ice cream in the evenings and pancakes for breakfast. Nice touch, since there isn’t much else around. Small pool, but it’s great after a hike in the park.

Most excellent!

Beautiful campground located at the mouth of Sawtooth Natl Forest. Right next to Wood River and surrounded by huge cottonwoods. Vault toilets and well water from spigot available. Pets allowed on leash. Good basecamp for exploring the Sawtooth area and Ketchum! I only knocked it down to 4 stars for highway noise which was rarely bothersome.

Pretty typical KOA, which is a good thing!

We stayed here on our way to Yellowstone. Has most of the usual KOA amenities: clean bathrooms, pool, cabins, full hookup RV spots, and a few tent spots. Even has a couple of teepees. Very friendly staff and a well stocked store/deli. Near Craters of the Moon National Monument. The town of Arco was charming and has an interesting history as the first nuclear-powered city in the US. If our travels take us this way in the future we'll camp here again!

Quiet camping nestled in a slight valley

Caribou campground is located at the start of the Sawtooth Mountains just after town. The road this way is rural and goes through a few small towns. Sun Prairie happens to be having an art festival this weekend so it’s active. 

The ranger station is right on the road to this campground - stop in and talk. We learned a lot from our visit. You pass Murdock campground on the way here. Go further and you find dispersed camping (there are even restrooms in the first loop on the right). 

Caribou has 7 sites on a small road that dips down into a slight valley. The road continues past which means the bouncing vehicle noise competes with the gurgle of the North Fork Big Wood River. The sites are decent size. Each has a picnic table and fire pit. Garbage bin is by the one vault toilet. 

Site 6 is at the far end of the loop. I don’t have neighboring campers but they’re visible to the front of my site. A trail runs off the back but just takes you into a boggy wetland area that seems to have an unusual odor. 

The ranger told me about a trail further down the road. We drove slowly down a rocky road. Just past the second bridge we stopped. We couldn’t find the trail but we did find one to an organized group camp. We continued driving. 

Here’s my suggestion: just after the next small bridge we drove through a bit of water. The campsite on the left was unbelievable! Isolated and settled right next to the river with trees providing plenty of shade, this is a dream spot. We had already paid for our site or we would have settled in here. 

Hiking suggestion: drive an hour to Redfish Lake. Take the redfish river trail and cut over to Marshall Lake trail the hike is 11ish miles long and quite sunny. There is a waterfall feeding Marshall Lake. We only saw a couple other hikers on a busy Saturday.

This is a nice campground within driving distance of a cool town at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Unique

Great spot for exploring this national treasure. Not much privacy, but scenic and worth the $15 per day as there is not much else for camping nearby.

Unique! I had my very own lava walkway into my lava-enclosed campsite!

The informative visitor's center is a short walk from the campgrounds. The campgrounds forms a large circle with easy access to the bathroom facilities. The various drives through the lava landscapes are within a few minutes of the campground and provide fascinating short and long hikes to caves and across the fields of lava.

Best kept secret!

Well cared for, easy access, fishing, green grass for day use and tent camping, private dock, wonderful folks!

First to Review
chill small campsite

close to Ketchum and loads of good bike trails. camped in a small Aspen Grove . highway noise and bugs were the only complaint.

Beautiful area, so so campsite.

the sawtooths and lake alturas are beautiful. lots of activities to do. the campsite didn't have many flat areas for tents and there was quite a bit of mud at some of the sites as some of the water stations drained right into the sites…. poor design. the terrain and lakes makes it all worth it though. red fish had much nicer sites but is way more crowded.

peaceful and beautiful

had a great time here it was secluded and peaceful with plenty to do will return

Interesting and different from the usual

The campground is located on a lava flow. When we were there memorial weekend 2018 they were finishing up road construction in the park. The campground was quiet and located near the visitor center. There was cell service in the campground but it was sketchy at the visitor center. It wasn’t available anywhere else in the park. We have Verizon. There was a flush toilet located in the campground. Picnic tables were also available.

So beautiful!

An absolutely beautiful campground with easy access to the pristine Alturus Lake. Easy to find but off the beaten path. A great jumping off place for hikes throughout the Sawtooths. Definitely take the short drive from here to the town of Stanley to eat at Papa Brunees, the best pizza ever!

Not the worst. Definitely not the best.

Came here in mid-July. It's a national park, so there's a great interpretative center and a junior ranger program with an awesome badge (space-themed), but I just couldn't get over the camp sites. It's all lava flow (duh) so there's very little vegetation, lots of rocks, and very little space in between the few sites. While there's a couple that have a tiny bit of privacy due to the walls of rocks, most are right in the open, and some of the spots are so tiny they barely fit a tent. Not sure if I'd go back.

Space

Lots of space for a large group. There were 10 of us. Sit hasn’t it’s own water and vault bathroom, which was clean. Lots of space to run and play. This site is not a destination unto itself, but is a good launchpad into the park

Close to town fun

No need for a hotel in Ketchum Idaho. Park and camp here! Several dispersed sites after the Sawtooth National Forest boundary, with creek running by and a hot spring down the road.

The recent burn made the site a little dusty, our dogs needed a towel off.