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Places to Camp near Salmon-Challis National Forest

Salmon-Challis National Forest, ID is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Enjoy the scenic camping, fun activities, and sights and sounds of Salmon-Challis National Forest. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Salmon-Challis National Forest. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Salmon-Challis National Forest, ID (155)

    Camper-submitted photo from Stanley Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Stanley Lake Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Stanley Lake Campground
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    1.

    Stanley Lake Campground

    17 Reviews
    38 Photos
    264 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    Stanley Lake Campground is located on the shoreline above beautiful Stanley Lake at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains.

    Recreation

    Stanley Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and bull trout. A boat ramp is located just outside the campground. The Idaho Centennial Trail passes nearby and can be accessed from the Stanley Lake Trailhead across the lake.

    Facilities

    Stanley Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and bull trout. A boat ramp is located just outside the campground. The Idaho Centennial Trail passes nearby and can be accessed from the Stanley Lake Trailhead across the lake.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on a hillside above the lake in a thick grove of lodgepole pines, at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Most campsites have partial shade and views of the lake and/or the rugged 9860-foot McGowan Peak. Temperatures are cool, with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

    Nearby Attractions

    Stanley Lake lies within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, which offers a myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities. An estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains. Numerous sparkling lakes and streams, including the Salmon River, dot the area, making for great rainbow and native Westslope cutthroat trout fishing. Redfish Lake is nearby, offering additional water recreation opportunities. Popular area events include an Arts and Crafts Fair in July, and Wagon Days, Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair and Fireman's Ball in September.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Salmon River Campground
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    2.

    Salmon River Campground

    12 Reviews
    31 Photos
    210 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the__Recreation.gov__mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to__first download the free__Recreation.gov__mobile app__https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app\_\_prior to your arrival__as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Challis Hot Springs
    Camper-submitted photo from Challis Hot Springs
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    3.

    Challis Hot Springs

    9 Reviews
    37 Photos
    48 Saves
    Challis, Idaho

    The Challis Hot Springs is a 5th generation family-owned destination in the Round Valley, home of Challis, Idaho. The property is on the bank of the Salmon River, 70 miles from the headwaters of the “River of No Return.” Our primary amenity is natural odorless hot springs which constantly replenish with continuous freshwater supplied by nature through the river rock bottoms. Most guests enjoy the springs while camping in the RV and tent campground, which features mature trees, and irrigated grass sites, all within a stone’s throw of the Salmon River, which fronts the entire property. Our campground is the perfect location to launch your kayaking or rafting trip, fish for trout and steelhead, or just watch the wildlife. In particular, the herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep frequents the cliffside above the property.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $29 - $43 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Casino Creek Campground
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    4.

    Casino Creek Campground

    10 Reviews
    23 Photos
    45 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Casino Creek Campground is composed of 19 sites including 2 double-sites along the Salmon River. Sites 18 & 19 are for tent camping only and sites 12, 13 and 14 accommodate livestock tethered to hitching rails. Casino Creek trailhead is located within the campground leading to trails along Big Casino Creek and Little Casino Creek which lead to the Casino Lakes in the White Cloud Mountains to the east and the Sawtooth Mountains to the west. This area is terrific for fishing and hiking along the beautiful Salmon river and surrounding creeks. All sites are first-come, first-serve.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 - $36 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bayhorse
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    5.

    Big Bayhorse

    5 Reviews
    16 Photos
    31 Saves
    Clayton, Idaho

    A beautiful high mountain lake is the setting for this out-of-the-way campground. Plenty of fishing in lakes and streams. Good hiking and ATV trail access. Campsite facilities include picnic tables and fire rings with cooking grills. Within the campground, there are vault toilets and a day-use picnic area. On Bayhorse Lake campers will find a boat launch and two boat docks for use by non-motorized watercraft.

    This dirt road is narrow and steep and while trailers are allowed, caution is advised; best fit for trailers and motorhomes less than 32 feet long. No drinking water is on-site, and please pack out your trash.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunny Gulch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunny Gulch Campground
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    6.

    Sunny Gulch Campground

    12 Reviews
    34 Photos
    90 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    Sunny Gulch Campground sits along the shores of Salmon River in the forests of central Idaho.

    Recreation

    Excellent fishing is right out your back door on the Salmon River, with rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout and occasional hybrid cutbows and bull trout available. Sunny Gulch lies in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. A myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities are available, and an estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains.

    Facilities

    Excellent fishing is right out your back door on the Salmon River, with rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout and occasional hybrid cutbows and bull trout available. Sunny Gulch lies in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. A myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities are available, and an estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains.

    Natural Features

    The campground offers spectacular views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Summer wildflowers are plentiful and lodgepole pines provide partial shade. Temperatures are cool with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Alpine Way Trail begins less than a mile from the campground, and the Idaho Centennial Trail passes nearby. Redfish and Stanley Lakes are nearby with great boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Numerous additional sparkling lakes and streams dot the area. Popular area events include an Arts and Crafts Fair in July, and Wagon Days, Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair and Fireman's Ball in September.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $100 - $125 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mormon Bend Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mormon Bend Campground
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    7.

    Mormon Bend Campground

    7 Reviews
    20 Photos
    51 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the__Recreation.gov__mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to__first download the free__Recreation.gov__mobile app__https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app\_\_prior to your arrival__as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available
    Camper-submitted photo from Sockeye Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sockeye Campground
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    8.

    Sockeye Campground

    12 Reviews
    57 Photos
    333 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the__Recreation.gov__mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to__first download the free__Recreation.gov__mobile app__https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app\_\_prior to your arrival__as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier View Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier View Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier View Campground
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    9.

    Glacier View Campground

    11 Reviews
    55 Photos
    177 Saves
    Stanley, Idaho

    Overview

    Glacier View Campground is located next to beautiful Redfish Lake, beneath the Sawtooth Mountain Range, at an elevation of 6,500 feet.

    Recreation

    Glacier View is in the heart of the beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Redfish Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon. Little Redfish Lake is just down the road, offering additional fishing and canoeing. The Redfish Lake Visitor Center is within 1/4-mile, offering interpretive activities, evening programs and wildlife, geology and historical exhibits.

    Facilities

    Glacier View is in the heart of the beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where outdoor activities abound. Redfish Lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon. Little Redfish Lake is just down the road, offering additional fishing and canoeing. The Redfish Lake Visitor Center is within 1/4-mile, offering interpretive activities, evening programs and wildlife, geology and historical exhibits.

    Natural Features

    Summer wildflowers are plentiful, lodgepole pines provide partial shade and Fishhook Creek is nearby. Temperatures are cool, with an average summer high of 78 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers a myriad of excellent hiking and biking opportunities; an estimated 750 miles of trails crisscross the valley and surrounding mountains. Alpine Way, Fishhook Creek, Redfish Lake Creek and Bench Lakes Trails all offer trailheads in the immediate area. The Idaho Centennial Trail passes nearby. The Salmon River offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout, Westslope cutthroat trout and occasional hybrid cutbows and bull trout. Popular area events include an Arts and Crafts Fair in July, and Wagon Days, Salmon Festival, Quilt Fair, and Fireman's Ball in September.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bayhorse Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Bayhorse Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Bayhorse Recreation Site
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    10.

    Bayhorse Recreation Site

    5 Reviews
    16 Photos
    30 Saves
    Challis, Idaho

    The headwaters of the Salmon River are in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. BLM recreation sites along this stretch start at the East Fork confluence, followed downstream by Bayhorse, Deadman Hole, Challis Bridge, Cottonwood, Kilpatrick, Gold Bug Hot Springs, Elevenmile, Eightmile, Shoup Bridge, Morgan Bar and Tower Rock. Bayhorse Campground is at 5400-foot elevation and is ten miles south of Challis on Highway 75. Named for a historic mining district, Bayhorse Campground has 11 campsites along the Salmon River offering plentiful fishing. Anglers come for the resident cutthroat and rainbow trout, steelhead and whitefish. Visitors can take the road west to Bayhorse Lake, which is near a number of historic mines. The entire area is rich in mining history, and this is a comfortable base camp for exploring the Land of the Yankee Fork. Amenities Include: 11 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings; Seasonal Campground Hosts; Potable Water (beware of the sprinkler system if tenting); Vault toilets; Boat ramp and day use parking area; drinking water, restrooms; Plenty of hiking trails and interpretive sites to explore.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $5 - $10 / night

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