Idaho December 25, 2017
8 Winter Camping Destinations In Idaho That Are Complete Paradise
Many people are under the assumption that camping is only for summer. However, Idahoans know that camping is an activity to be enjoyed all year long. Winter camping is one of the best ways to experience Idaho’s intense, snowy landscapes. In fact, camping during the winter is an especially magical experience. Campgrounds are less populated. The snow creates a still, quiet landscape that is perfect for a tranquil camping retreat. If you’re looking for that perfect winter getaway, then go ahead and check out these campgrounds.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Harriman State Park
Located in the very eastern corner of Idaho, Harriman State Park is pure magic during winter. You'll find it within an 11,000-acre wildlife refuge and you're sure to see a variety of animals in this beautiful habitat when you visit. In fact, Harriman is home to the largest amount of trumpeter swans when they enter the U.S. during winter (pictured above). The park's campground is open all year round and includes cabins and yurts. For more information, click
2. Lake Cascade State Park
It's no secret that Lake Cascade is a popular destination during summer. However, it's equally enchanting during winter. With the summer tourists gone, the park takes on a serene atmosphere among piles and piles of fresh powder. The park offers a variety of overnight options specifically for large groups. The Osprey Point Group Yurt Camp contains three cozy yurts which together can accommodate 30 people. For more information, click
3. Heyburn State Park
Heyburn State Park is one of Idaho's most historic parks. Established in 1908, Heyburn is the Pacific Northwest's oldest state park. The beauty here is simply unparalleled. Tucked between sky-high ponderosa pines, there's an incredible tranquility throughout the park during winter. Heyburn offers a variety of cabins and cottages for overnight visitors. These cabins are perfect for looking out at the vast blanket of white that seems to go on forever. For more information, click
4. Idaho City
The Idaho City Backcountry Yurts have gone through a lot over the past couple years. Only two yurts opened for the winter last year after a massive wildfire destroyed much of the area. However, three yurts are open this year for visitors looking to enjoy the beauty that is Idaho City backcountry. These yurts provide the perfect overlook of the surrounding area, which is simply breathtaking during the winter. For more camping information, click
Stanley is one of Idaho's most beloved hidden gems. Located at the foot of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, this is a prime camping spot with seriously epic views. The area contains a plethora of frozen-over alpine lakes and snowcapped mountain peaks to explore during the winter. Stanley offers a variety of log cabin lodgings but there are also a few yurts available for visitors to rent including Fishhook yurt, which you learn more about
6. Farragut State Park
Located on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d'Alene Mountains is one of the state's most incredible state parks. Farragut used to be a World War II naval training base, but is now a 4,000-acre park with abundant winter camping opportunities. Rent out one of their camping cabins and enjoy the breathtaking North Idaho scenery. Although the park is just 20 miles from the city of Coeur d'Alene, you'll feel a million miles away from it all. For more information, click
7. Bear Lake State Park
Bear Lake is a stunning place to be during the summer. The lake's turquoise blue color attract visitors from all over the state to experience the Caribbean-like waters. However, the park becomes a snowmobiling and snowshoeing paradise in the winter. The park offers a variety of camping options including group shelters and standard campsites. For more information, click
8. Lake Walcott State Park
Located in southern Idaho, Lake Walcott is a vastly underrated state park. Adjoined with the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, the park boasts pure, natural backcountry that is seemingly endless. Wildlife is incredibly abundant throughout the park. The park offers cabins and primitive campsites located along the shoreline of Lake Walcott, which looks entirely magical when it's frozen over and dusted in snow. For more information, click
What’s your favorite winter camping spot?
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