Idaho April 19, 2016
These 12 Amazing Camping Spots In Idaho Are An Absolute Must See
May through September is prime camping season for those who enjoy immersing themselves in Idaho’s great outdoors. But camping means different things to different people – for some, a comfy RV is where it’s at. For others, a primitive tent and fire ring in the trees are all that’s needed, so long as a fishing spot is nearby.
Idaho’s expansive wilderness is home to literally thousands of campgrounds, both private and public, and with every luxury (or lack thereof) imaginable. Rather than choose Idaho’s “best” campgrounds, we’ve chosen just a few camping locations across the state that you might not have heard of, or if you have, are worth a second look on your next weekend adventure.
Wendover Campground, Lolo
Situated near the Lochsa River and designed around a small, babbling stream, Wendover is an ideal locale for some serenity amongst the mature trees and mossy woods of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, just on the border of Lolo, Montana.
City of Rocks, Malta
Nestled in the crooks and valleys of one of Southern Idaho's most unique landscapes, you'll find the isolation and easy hiking access you need to make your camping vacation one to remember. Shade levels vary here across the 64 campsites, but you can't beat the vista views!
Rainbow Point, Cascade
Located near Donnelly and close to Lake Cascade, Rainbow Point is a single-family site that offers scenic views, easy boating access, and plentiful trees and wildflowers. Excellent roads and plentiful wildlife make this a perfect weekend retreat.
Phi Kappa Campground, Mackay
The Big Lost River is often overlooked as a recreation and camping spot, but don't miss out! Stunning views of the Devil's Bedstead and a soaring elevation mean cool nights and relative isolation amongst the mature trees. There are also a few RV spots available as well.
Snow Peak, Avery
The Snow Peak Wildlife Management Area is lightly used in the summer, which is perfect for campers looking to get away from it all. Located in the Panhandle in the St. Joe National Forest, you'll find abundant hiking opportunities and plenty of cool shade along the St. Joe River.
Maiden Rock, Cocolalla
Located on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, it's hard to find a campsite here that doesn't offer pristine views of the water. Lush, grassy trails lead straight down to the water, but be warned: this campground is only accessible by boat!
Beauty Creek, Coeur d'Alene
You'll find convenient trail access, beautiful creekside views, and a short commute to Lake Coeur d'Alene at this lovely forest-edged meadow campground.
Saddleback Lakes, Stanley
Located in the heart of the Sawtooths, this popular destination offers incredible hiking and is relatively close to the renowned fishing of Redfish Lake. Waking up to scenic mountain views makes the extra effort to get here worth it, however.
Shafer Butte, Boise
While Idaho's urban center might not seem like a camping destination, the Boise metro area offers a number of incredible campgrounds to choose from. Shafer Butte sits atop the Boise Ridge near Bogus Basin and offers close city access and scenic views within the Boise National Forest.
Boulder White Clouds, Challis
Located east of the Sawtooth Wilderness, the Boulder-White Clouds are a stunning monument in Central Idaho. Here, you can hike to Fourth of July Lake, trek the Boulder Loop, or simply kick back and enjoy the spectacular view.
Cayuse Creek, Clearwater
Kelly and Cayuse Creeks are an angler's dream, but they also offer fantastic camping. Swimming is a must here.
Pine Creek, Victor
Lightly used and set just below the Palisades Reservoir, Pine Creek doesn't offer the mature forests of Idaho's Northern region and is not recommended for RVs, but you'll find a quiet place to get away from it all, well-maintained grounds, and beautiful Teton panoramas.
You can get detailed directions and make reservations for any of these campgrounds through the Forest Service website. Many are first come, first served, so start planning now for that epic Memorial Day vacay!