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Idaho Falls camping is some of the best in the state.  With beautiful attractions like the Palisades Reservoir and Snake River, Idaho Falls is central to many prestigious outdoor areas. If you’re visiting Idaho Falls, don’t miss the incredible recreation and wildlife opportunities. Even if you’re a local, you’ll be sure to find something unique at these eight Idaho Falls camping sites.

The 8 Best Idaho Falls Camping Spots

1. Indian Creek

Indian Creek campground, Idaho Falls

Photo by The Dyrt camper, Jake

The Indian Creek campground sits on the bank of the Palisades Reservoir, a 25-square-mile lake nestled between the Snake River and Caribou mountain ranges. Indian Creek is a primitive first-come-first-served, dispersed camping area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. So, camping is free. All you have to do is grab a spot on the beach and enjoy the solitude. The campground has vault toilets and fire pits, but no other amenities.

“First class campground. Has almost everything you could want. Sites are spacious and well taken care of. No pull through spaces but back in large enough for big trailers. Nice beach to swim or sit on next to the boat launch. Does have a few boat slips.”Lance C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $0
  • Number of sites
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Mike Harris Campground

Mike Harris campground - Idaho Falls

Photo by The Dyrt camper, Sheila W.

The Mike Harris Campground is located along the Teton Pass, giving you immediate access to rugged mountain peaks. It’s a great spot for campers who want to explore the Teton Valley without the crowds. The campground offers spacious, reservable sites for tents and non-electric RVs, with picnic tables, vault toilets, and storage lockers. You’ll be right in the backyard of the Tetons, where the fishing is good and the hiking is great. Don’t be surprised if you see moose or elk roaming around the campground.

“Quite little campground close to Jackson hole and several trails on the pass. You can reserve spots here or check out the dispersed camping just past the campground entrance. If you veer right after pulling off the hwy there are several nice dispersed spots along a small creek. Dogs are welcome here!”Natalie B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $17
  • Number of sites: 27
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Beaver Dick Park

The Beaver Dick Park campground is a great spot for anglers, hunters, and wildlife scouts. This small campground has first-come-first-served sites for tents and non-electric RVs with vault toilets and fire rings. There’s a boat ramp for quick access to the Henry’s Fork River, as well as a playground and frisbee golf course for family fun. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat that will nourish the soul, check out Beaver Dick Park.

“Beaver Dick Park is the perfect place to camp if you are looking for a campground that feels safe (close to other campers) while still having your privacy (trees between most campsites). There is also a great little spot where the river slows at the park where you can sit on the dock, fish, and even play in the water. Great place to camp- especially with little kids because you are still close to civilization!”Emily R.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $10
  • Number of sites: 9
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes 
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Palisades Creek Campground

Palisades creek, Idaho Falls

Photo by The Dyrt camper, Sam S.

The Palisades Creek Campground is a peaceful spot for campers seeking an unspoiled outdoor experience. The campground has roomy first-come-first-served sites for tents and non-electric RVs, with access to vault toilets. You’ll be right in the heart of the Palisades Creek Canyon, with tons of backcountry trails and wildlife. Anglers enjoy Palisades Creek, the Upper and Lower Palisades lakes, and the nearby Palisades Reservoir. The South Fork of the Snake River is a short walk from the campground and Palisades Creek flows right through it. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of running water in this quiet backcountry escape.

“There are 8 spots total, 12 a night and 6 dollars for extra vehicles. No water, no dumping, no electricity. Right next to the creek, and lots of shady camp spots. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for camping.” – Daniel B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-24
  • Number of sites: 8
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes 
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Wolf Flats Recreation Area

 

The Wolf Flats campground is a BLM-managed camping area that offers free, dispersed camping for tents and non-electric RVs. The first-come-first-served primitive sites are spacious and picturesque. You’ll have access to vault toilets but no other amenities, so come prepared. The camping area is a short distance from the Snake River for angling, kayaking, and swimming. If you’re looking to vacation on a budget, check out this free camping area.

“Driving down to Wolf Flats is beautiful. It is forested with a butte on one side, and the snake river on the other. The campsites are somewhat primitive, but we like that. The location was beautiful and we loved the spot.”Tim R.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $0
  • Number of sites: 25
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Egin Lakes

 

Head to the Egin Lakes campground for fun on the dunes. This BLM-managed camping area is part of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, the largest dunes in Idaho. With more than 10,000 acres of white quartz and the nearby Egin Lakes, you’ll never get bored. The campground has first-come-first-served sites for tents and RVs, with amenities like electric hookups and flush toilets. If you have an off-road vehicle or want to enjoy a sandy weekend, Egin Lakes is the campground for you.

“Decent campground with big sites (plenty for a big motor home and trailer) close proximity to dunes, maybe couple hundred yards. Dump station on site. Water hookups on site. Campground hosts are nice and accommodating.”Eric W.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $25-60
  • Number of sites: 48
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Riverside Park

Riverside park, Idaho Falls

Photo by The Dyrt camper, Shelly S.

The Riverside Park campground is at the northern tip of the Palisades Reservoir, sandwiched between the reservoir and the Snake River. The campground has first-come-first-served sites for tents and RVs, with electrical hookups, storage lockers, and vault toilets. Between the lake and the river, there’s no shortage of water activities. There’s a boat ramp nearby for boating, fly fishing, and kayaking. If you want a calming water retreat with an intimate view of wildlife, head over to Riverside Park.

“This is a good campground for fishermen/women, the lower sites are right on the river. There is a boat ramp right across the road. There is paddle information near the boat ramp also. The only electric sites are on the upper half. All have fire pits, picnic tables and a multi purpose metal platform. There are several pit toilets and dumpsters throughout.”Shelly S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-24
  • Number of sites: 32
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes 
  • Pets allowed: Yes

8. Big Elk Campground

Near Riverside Park is the Big Elk Campground. It’s situated on a hillside above Big Elk Creek, on a tranquil arm of the Palisades Reservoir. The campground offers reservable sites for tents and non-electric RVs. This campground is a great option for primitive camping. There’s an on-site boat ramp for quick water access and ample hiking trails. Big Elk is an excellent campground for anglers, kayakers, or anyone who needs a little R & R.

“Right off a ‘thumb’ on the Palisades reservoir, this is an amazing site with many recreational options. Paddling, hiking, bird watching – saw an osprey with an enormous fish and then later a pair of bald eagles. It was fun floating around on our kayaks and paddle boards.”Katherine B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-50
  • Number of sites: 21
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes 
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Whatever you’re in the mood for, these Idaho Falls camping spots will wow you with their beauty and recreation. Visit one or visit them all. With all the natural features surrounding Idaho Falls, you’ll find something that will knock your socks off.


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