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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.
Prepare to have your mind blown as you roll in to Lava Flow Campground. It is nestled in the uniquely lunar landscape caused by, well, lava flow. The grounds sit at the entrance of the scenic 7-mile loop that provides access to trails that take you over, under, and around various volcanic features.
We went during COVID times, so there was no access to the caves. Still, it was a memorable experience driving the loop and hiking around. In late October, the water was shut off due to frozen pipes, restrooms were closed except for the vault toilets. We found the vaults to be remarkably clean and unstinky.
The sites varied drastically in quality and size- probably because they were built around existing landscape that begged to be preserved. Because it was a weekday and off-season, we had the grounds to ourselves and took our time selecting the best site, and made sure to mark our favorites for the next trip. Site 27 was our favorite for sweeping views and size, but we ended up staying in 29, which is nestled on its own in some lava rocks that provide wind protection.
Wonderful campground. Great for star gazing. Sites are scattered across a lava field and represent a unique camping experience. If you find the campground fully booked there is a boon docking site just up the road.
Found this place when we were in desperate need of a last minute site. We pulled right in around midnight and set up. We put $5 in the cash box in the morning. The tent site area is nestled in the trees right next to the lakeshore. There is running water and compost toilets! Stunning view of the lake for sunrise. Would defiantly recommend
An absolutely beautiful place to camp. Black lava rock everywhere. No cell service. No hookups but if you have a generator it’s all good to run it during normal non quiet hours. Vault toilets open in winter. Lots of fun hikes within the park. Sites have grills and can be used for RVs or tents. 15 or 7.50 if you are NPS pass holder or senior
This place was great! $8 because water is off for the season, I guess…normally $20. All facilities are closed so it’s just camping and exploring the park which is all within walking distance of the campground. Very friendly ranger working the front! Level sites on pavement. No fires allowed unless propane or grills. Very windy! Get a spot that has rocks on your west side to hide lol! This place was a great stop for a evening/night! Not a lot to see but what’s there is really cool! A must see if you’re passing thru Idaho down to Utah.
National Park campground is non/reservable and first come first served. Sites for RV on asphalt. No showers or laundry facilities but there are restrooms. Trails & visitor center within walking distance. Water available but no hook-ups.
We stayed at Miracle as Banbury was fully booked for RVs sites. However, it was great to be steps away from the river.
No sewage but had electric and water (that leaked; rented spot 4 that many ppl thought was a drive through lane).
No one in their hot springs (including staff) were wearing masks or setting suicidal distant rules. No Verizon reception until you drive up the hill a little bit. Oh, and you'll have a great breeze of manure all day long.
I really don't understand the bad reviews. People complaining there are no rivers or streams or complaining that there are no showers (nps website very clear about that). Sure, if you blindly pulled into this place expecting a KOA you're going to be disappointed. This campground is dry camping. Flush bathrooms on site (except Nov-Feb). Night skies are unbelievable due to the remoteness of the area and the parks decision to make it a dark sky facility. Campground setting is great (can see it being hot in mid summer but that's to be expected) and o e you are unlikely to experience anywhere else. Limited sites for large rigs and we got lucky to get one. Kids were in awe of the rocks around the campground and the skies at night. More than made up for having to "rough it" for a few nights.
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.