The park has new showers/restrooms that are absolutely beautiful! Only one in our loop- so quite a jaunt. Playgrounds. Near a lake for those who love water sports.
Checking in wasn’t the best experience. The lady at the desk was cross. When we mentioned we had stayed four nights at a previous location she went off on a tirade asking if we realized that we could only spend 14 consecutive nights in state parks.
We arrived at noon and got the last spot and it was pricy ($35.74). Checkout was 1:00pm but we were not allowed to bring our Popup trailer into the loop before 2:00 because they said the site had to be cleaned and that the hosts got mad if people came earlier.So we sat in the hot parking lot by the visitors center waiting for 2:00pm… only to be told we would probably need to move our vehicles before the lot filled with RVs which were coming in. Where ?
At the campsite, we gave the table a good scrub down.
Walk in sites are rare during peak season. You need a reservation. We were lucky but were told we can only stay one day. We won’t return.
We were hesitant to stay as there were no trees in individual sites, but because if it’s location in a narrow canyon it became shady and cooled down quickly in the afternoon. Clean showers! 3 cabins. Friendly staff. We ended up staying 2 days. The town is small, very historical! Laundromat nearby.
If tenting and on the roadside (vs creekside), be advised of the light overhead which keeps your tent in the light all night.
Bombs away describes the one and only draw back to our visit, and a funny one. Pine cones dropping on the RV. Were the squirrels tossing them? I had to wonder 🤪
A quarter mile down the road that crosses the river is a grove of Western Larch, also known as tamaracks. The oldest tree is 1000 years old (see photo). Watch for signage and a tiny parking lot on the left. More: https://forestservicemuseum.org/exhibits/jim-girard/jim-girard-memorial-grove/
The campground backs up to the lovely Clearwater river with water lilies. Paved. Water spigot. Put toilets. So quiet, we planned to stay one night and have been here 3 so far. Feels like home… barring those pine cones that drop and scare the daylights out of me…
This is a paved campground with 3 loops, some reservation and some first come first serve. The campground host told us that he had the cleanest pit toilets in the territory and he wasn’t kidding! It even smelled clean. Overlooking quake lake and the skeletal trees that drown in the 1959 7.3 earthquake that brought a good portion of the mountain down and dammed the Madison river.
Paved roads, water spigots, bear box locations. It was quiet and absolutely beautiful, with the pine cover mountains surrounding it. We loved it!
This campground is a small, quiet, no reservation campground with single and double sites. Overlooks the beautiful snake river with hiking path. Bear boxes, level tent sites, picnic tables and water. No electricity. Tall pines.
We hiked down to the hydroelectric dam where the buffalo river joins the snake river. Picturesque! The only drawback is that strangely, the sound of the hydroelectric plant becomes louder at night.
Would stay there again.