Shani C.
Pocatello , ID
Joined June 2019
Free Camping, No Luxuries

This free campground has about 10 sites to choose from, mostly RV but occasionally tent camping. There is a bathroom, no luxury showers or a store to buy firewood or items. It’s about a 10min or less drive to Lava Hot Springs in case you need supply. This campground is right next to the river, has a small waterfall and beautiful scenery all around. The road is extremely bumpy so if your have a low car or trailer be careful. The pros of this is its free. 1st come 1st serve, nice, quiet area. The cons, no shower, hook ups, store and the train that runs by Lava Hot Springs can be heard.

T1 Campsite is A Hidden Oasis

We had scouted T1 campsite at the KOA Holiday in Lava Hot Springs. This campground runs along the creek and is directly across from Mary’s Campground. Site T1 is for a family of 2 maybe 3 but it’s large enough for 2 medium size tents and 1 large one and our canopy. The site itself is surrounded by water and even has a small water fall that you could sit in as if it were a small hot tub size. This KOA is clean and friendly staff. They do have a store for some basic supplies and sell firewood. Not only are there tent sites but also have RV sites, cabins camp and large family size cabins. They have bathrooms/showers and a large playground for young kids. This KOA is within walking distance to Lava Hot Springs Main Street which has places to eat, hot pools, stores, ice cream place and more. Definitely would stay at this KOA again and again.

OMG! Campground Nightmare!

My boyfriend reserved this campground online and little did we know what a ummm how shall I say a crap site it was! We arrived and as we pulled in our campsite was directly in front of us and almost in a triangle share site. We had NO room for our tent, canopy and car! The hugs were horrible and everything around us was way overgrown. I know there was suppose to be a creek but never saw it! We kept driving around saying Is this really it?! It was just so depressing and just a shady place. Now when I say shady do not mean like there was shade I meant as we must be getting punk’d! Thankfully there was a KOA we had passed and ended up there and we can’t thank them enough for giving us a great campsite! If I should ever want to produce a super low budget horror movie I would go here. There is not one thing we can say about this campground to even give it a higher rating! If there were negative ratings this site would be on it….Been there, done it, never again!

Earlier The Better

We had wanted to camp at Bear Lake and there was 1 site left were we had wanted. Unfortunately this guy on a bike had claimed the site and luckily for him it was my Christian hour or I would of argued with him. The campground was super simple and close to the lake. There was a bathroom nothing to brag about and it was just open. No shade just a site to be close to the lake. It was 1st come 1st serve and I would suggest you get there as early as you can. Down a bit is a picnic area where you could do a day camp but no overnight. After all that we ended up going towards Garden City area and ended up finding a beach to swim and have lunch at. The water was beautiful and refreshing, dogs were allowed just keep them on a leash. We got there pretty early but after 12 it seemed a bit crowded. Overall it was a great day and on our way back to our KOA there was a festival going on in Garden City, lots of places to eat, shop, just be a tourist. Excited to return!

A Last Resort

So, this campground is a bit flat, and just no character to it. Just plain. Luckily it’s right near the water. They do have bathrooms and showers. Small place to eat and walking distance to the water to swim in. This I see as a day trip..

Tucked Away

There are a total of 10 campsites surrounded by trees and water. The campsites are a good size and runs along the creek. There are hiking trails and the scenery is photo perfect. This site is first come first serve so I would advise get there early.

The Drive Was Worth It!

My 1st time camping here was better than I expected. We went up with some friends and had gotten 2 sites next to each other. Our site was a good size area, and was next to walking trails, across from the bathroom, and close to the water spigot. The scenery was beautiful. Surrounding trees, butterflies and one afternoon a deer had came close to our campsite. Our site did not have electric hook ups. It’s a nice campground, clean, and have walking trails that we took and caught beautiful scenery photos. Would return most definitely..No store, no firewood to buy, but close enough to head to town to get supplies.

2nd Cabin Only Bigger

We had returned but had got a cabin with a loft. There are only 3 loft cabins. They are super cozy, and come with a full kitchen. The loft above had 2 twin beds, the main floor had a full size bed, futon, closet, full kitchen and a bathroom with both shower and tub. Close walking distance to the hot pools and restaurant. The 3 of us were comfortable and not felt like we were in a tiny space.

2nd Time, Lower Camping

This trip we had a site in the lower camping sites. Now before we went we had gone to google earth and saw the site. However, it was larger looking than n google earth then it was the n person. We had a nice view, a little shade and we plenty of walking paths down to the river. We had water and electric hook ups. The bathrooms/showers weren’t too far. Overall had a nice trip.

Our 1st Time Here

Our 1st camping experience here was good. The site we got was one nice and a good size. We had a view from f the river down towards the lower loop which was closed due to weather. Pros were good location, close to the bathrooms/showers which were kept clean at all times. The camp host was super polite. Overall it was a nice 1st time trip . Cons were we could hear some traffic from the freeway,other than that we will go back and try the lower tent camping..

Cozy Cabin for 2

My boyfriend and I had stayed in one of the cabins for 2 people. The cabins were clean, came with full shower and toilet. A sink and microwave, coffee pot, and storage. Also had a futon, tv with DVD player. Loved this cabin! Walking distance to the hot pools, and restaurant…

Cozy KOA

We stayed here in our tent and was given the last tent site in the back. It was small, but cozy. The bathrooms were super clean and so were the showers. This KOA is within walking distance to the hot pools, store, and places to eat. The front camp sites are almost like a large group site but I believe there are a few small sites for tents. Overall it wasn’t a bad camp trip..

Keep Going Back

The 1st time we stayed here, we were with a group of friends who rented out the Ranch House. It had 3-bedrooms with 5 beds, a couch that could sleep 3 grown adults. There was a full kitchen and dinning area, another sitting area to visit. A large flat screen tv with a DVD player. There was a small playroom for the kids downstairs. Had 2 bathrooms both with shower/tubs. All 12 of us were comfortable and there was enough room for everyone.

No Shade/Great View

We had stayed in cabin Coyote on the lower loop and even though the view was beautiful the area around was unpleasant. No trees, no shade at all. Thankfully we had our canopy! The cabin itself was nice, had a futon, bunk bed (twin on top, full on bottom), had a window a/c, heater, table and 2 folding chairs. A mini frige and a stand to store items under he frige. The front porch had a cute little chair and it must of been made for kids because it was super low to the ground. We did have to bring our own bedding. The cabins had enough lighting and was clean. The bathrooms were across the way and they too were clean and well taken care of. Showers were super ok and clean. Next time we will try and get the one next to it which is Cottontail. Shade and trees on that site.

Loved this KOA!

We got the last site which was for a RV but was given to us for our tent camping. It had both water and electric hook ups on site, and plenty of space for our tent. I gave this KOA 5 Stars all due to the site #26! We were directly next to a river stream which we were able to take our camp chairs and sit in the water. Like our own private oasis. Our site had a section that was concrete and that’s where my boyfriend had set up our kitchen area. #26 didn’t have anyone right directly next to us just a wooden rail and a river stream. The bathrooms were super clean and the showers were a good size also. Loved how they had a tv in the bathrooms. Shower while listening to the news or a tv show. They had a cute little store that sold a variety of camping items and food and drinks, candy, chips, medicines, toiletries and much more. Even though we didn’t hit the pool there was one and a nice size play area for the kids, and horseshoes for bigger kids. Also it’s about a 25min drive to the beautiful Bear Lake! Gorgeous! I will most definitely stay here again and again and will ask for #26! Thanks KOA for making our trip a great one! See you soon!

Campsites On Top of One Another..

We stayed at Mary’s once and that’s all we will ever stay. The site #7 was right on the river, and just too close to #6 & #8…Yes they did have showers and bathrooms and that’s the 2nd star but the tent campsites super narrow. Now I don’t know how the RV sites are but the tent sites below were nothing to really brag about to friends and family. As we saw people float down the river, we were not allowed to get into the river from our campsite which was right in the river. Let’s just say We’ve been there, done it, and no need to return..

1st Time & Not My Last!

We had gone up and had gotten site #20 which is the last site before exiting the campground. The site was quiet, and no one next to us. The vault bathroom was super close and there was a water spigot directly across from us. The site was a non reservation just first come, first serve. There are hiking trails close by and a natural spring close by. Our site had plenty of shade and privacy.
The campground has 13 reservable sites, and approx 25 walk ins or 1st come 1st serve sites. It’s high in the pines but it’s also a 25minute drive to town in case you forgot something. We enjoyed camping at Scout Mountain and have already reserved for our next trip in 2weeks…