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We arrived at this BLM site after dark snd no one else was anywhere in sight (it was mid-December and 20 degrees). We camped in our van by a point on the water on a undeveloped site. In the morning we saw we were across the water from a more developed site with a outhouse, trash bins and picnic table nearby. We had good cell phone coverage with both Verizon and AT&T. This site was a overnight fee of $5 but the fee depot box did not have a lid and had become a bird nest so we could not use it. I imagine this place being well used in warmer months. There are some interpretative trails that show old ruts from the Oregon Trail. Also a shooting range nearby but no one was there. As for wildlife we only saw a little bunny in the morning. The damned section of the Snake River was partially frozen.
We had planned to stay here 2 nights but stayed one more. The sites are great. Spread out with lots of grass. It's right on the river with a great paved walking trail through an arboretum. Our dogs loved it. We were here in October 2020 so bathrooms were closed due to COVID and because it was off season there was no park host do no wifi code. No other amenities (which is fine, we didn't need anything). The cost was very affordable with good Sam membership (24.30 per night). They had pull through sites in the middle and back in sites on the edges. Each side had utilities on opposite sides. We would definitely stay here again when passing through southern Idaho.
We stayed at the Miracle Hot Springs resort which is the secondary resort on the other side of the road from Banbury due to needing a pull through. The Hot Springs were great with multiple pools and also private pools if you would like. The market just sells a couple candy and ice cream type foods which is good for the kids.
Keep in mind, Dyrt is incorrect for Miracle - NO WIfi or cell service in park, which I didn't mind, just was not prepared for. The showers are at the Pool, not the campground and do not have any curtains, just make sure your stuff is spread out so no one peaks around the wall at you and you should be fine. We had privacy at the park which was nice.
I would not come again to this location, but if you are looking for a simple stay with inexpensive access to Hot Springs then this is perfect place to visit.
The place is beautiful and you have a hiking trail through the canyon and the balance rock is 5 min by car. Thegood: It’s free, has water, trash cans, and bathroom pits, roofed picnic tables, fire grills, fire rings. Can stay 7 days, tent on grass only Thursday through Sunday (sprinkles during the week), camp near the river, kayak, fishing… The bad: limited space, flies are something out of this world (seriously, they won’t let you do anything outside), very windy because of the canyon walls, no service not even with boosters, fish tiny and bony.
Great place to camp! We had our tent right by the lake. Although you can hear geese and other birds late night/early morning we were able to sleep. The morning view of the lake was a beautiful sight. The vault toilet area was actually very clean and not stinky. Full toilet paper rolls. Although we did not use the picnic tables or grill they were available by the lake.