Summer in Idaho has several activities to offer in the great outdoors. One of them is Camping! We compiled a list of our top 5 places to go camping in Idaho. Get away for the weekend at several of these places, enjoy some views and hikes, and even take a dip! Here are the best camping spots in Idaho.
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
The Sawtooth National Recreation area is over 750,000 acres of mountain terrain. Redfish lake just so happens to be located in this area as one of the more popular spots for the campout. The lake has an amazing view of the Sawtooth Mountains when camping there. This area also has a great trail to backpack and camp if you want to hike into your breathtaking view. If you’re going to camp out here, you better book early; these spots fill up quickly and months in advance.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest – Falls Campground
This one is a little further than most but so worth the drive. The scenery here is unlike any other. This location has one of the best waterfalls you can see in Idaho, just down the road from camp! This National forest borders Wyoming; it is near Grand Teton National Park as well as Yellowstone. It features lush areas and around 24 campsites that are intended for RV and tent camping!
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve – Lava Flows Campground
This campground has a unique landscape covered in basaltic rock but don’t worry; there are some flat spots! These spots to camp are first-come, first serve, so plan ahead of time. There are plenty of trails for you and your crew to hike and interpretive opportunities. This camping spot is a windy one; it is almost essential to tether your tents and other things down. On some summer weekends, you can find free presentations at the amphitheater that connects to the campground for another chance to learn something new.
Bruneau Dunes State Park – Eagle Cove & Broken Wheel
This state park is home to the tallest freestanding sand dune in North America, crazy, right? So many individuals come here to sled down, photograph, and climb this spectacle but also camp! They have around 50 campsites, with the two closest campgrounds; being Eagle Cove and Broken Wheel Campground. Near these campgrounds is the Bruneau Dunes Observatory which is close by where you can see the Milky Way in clear view!
Boise National Forest – Bonneville, Pine Flats, & Kirkham Campgrounds
Want to take a dip alongside your Campsite? Look no further; Kirkham’s got it. Home to 16 sites, the campsite nearby provides the perfect spot to camp out through a short trail. They take reservations, so hop online and snag a spot before summer is over!
These are just some of our favorites. There are so many more campgrounds that weren’t covered in this blog. So get out and explore the great outdoors! Do you love the outdoors? You may like this other blog about the Top Lakes to Visit in Idaho; check it out!