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The Sawtooth recreation area has it all. Camping, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing. Ketchum is the nearest town which is an activity all in itself. There are also hot springs in the area. We love it here in the winter. Miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There are numerous campgrounds within this recreation area.
This park was our first park to ever camp at, lucked out and caught an opening in the middle of the pandemic, booked it online and left 4 days later for a week of bliss in the woods. My first time to northern Idaho, it's absolutely breathtaking The lake itself is beautiful surrounded by tall pines and Lilly pads. The hiking trails are easy for all ages, though the big loop is something to take slow, and bring plenty of water to drink. The bullfrogs at night help you drift off to sleep. It rained 3 nights when we were there and it was some of the best sleep we've ever had. We had a rooftop tent on our 4 runner and it for perfect in the tent site. You don't have to be an rv to rent a site with water and electricity. It's definitely a spot we will add to our yearly travels.
I stayed here to go horseback riding (very reasonable prices) up to get a good view of the sawtooth mountains. The campground views from the water were spectacular. sure there’s no colorful acid pits, or buffalo, but there is great hiking, and wonderful wildlife around. I saw some black tail deer, big horned sheep, elk and even a mountain lion. I saw no predators in Yellowstone so it made the trip better .
The comet NEOWISE made an appearance and was mind blowing! If star gazing is something you enjoy, this area is amazing. If you plan to see something special, make sure you PLAN AHEAD!
I spent a lot of time barefoot as the area around the fire pit was concrete instead of the usual gravel I’m used to.
About thirty minutes away there’s a wonderful historic town called Clayton. I recommend taking a day to explore the ghost towns and try to visit one of the hot spring areas.
We enjoyed our stay here so much, we stayed an extra couple of days! This is a well-kept, well-designed BLM campground. Some spaces have shade trees, some do not. Many provide nice views of the lake. Sites are all paved as are the roads (no dust). They all have fire pits and picnic tables - some with shade covers. Lots of pull through sites. Each site has water and electricity. There is a RV dump within the campground. Can’t beat it for $14 per night! Our Verizon cellphone services wasn’t very good, but that’s my only complaint.
We were hauling across Idaho and Stanley was BUSY! Campgrounds were loaded with people RV’s. Stanley looked like a great little town, but we had to get away from the crowds.
We ended up going out 75N to check out some sites. There were quite a few nice places along the Salmon River. The river was gorgeous and a hotbed for fishing/rafting.
We ended up going north along the Yankee Fork in Sunbeam. The campground had 4-5 sites all mostly along the river. Restrooms were in quite good shape and all but one site was taken. As per usual, we did FF on a busy weekend and still got a site around 5 or 6. We couldn’t believe it was open as the sites had fire rings, tables, and space between.
We were grateful to find a spot here for our anniversary trip after it seemed everything around and near Stanley and redfish was full or super crowded. Quiet and beautiful. There’s 5 sites here, we stayed at a group site with 4 adults and 7 kids and had plenty of room. Easily accessible off of paved road. Surrounded by mountains on both sides so even though the sky was hazy from the CA wildfires we could hardly tell. No trash, but there is a toilet. We saw beavers catching fish, deer, chipmunks eating wild currants and rainbow trout (albeit too small to keep). We’d stay here again in a heartbeat.
Short 12-15 minute drive north from Ketchum/Sun Valley. Only 1* off because of slight road noise but it is probably not an issue for most sites. We were pretty close to the highway and it still was not too loud.
Camp Host named Rich is very helpful. $7 firewood for sale each evening.