From May to September, Idaho's magnificent natural environment beckons campers from all walks of life. Whether you're a fan of the sophisticated RV experience or prefer to sleep in a tent beneath the stars beside an open fire and fishing spot, there are endless possibilities for outdoor getaways! With breathtaking vistas and stunning landscapes everywhere you look, these camping spots rank among the best destinations in Idaho.
If you're seeking an off-the-beaten path camping experience that offers all the amenities or lack thereof of your choice, look no further than Idaho. This beautiful wilderness is home to thousands of private and public campgrounds - far too many to explore them all! To make it easier for you, here are a few select camping spots across Idaho we think deserve a second glance on your next weekend getaway.
1. Wendover Campground, Lolo
Nestled beside the picturesque Lochsa River and a calming babbling stream, Wendover is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by abundant greenery in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, right on Lolo, Montana's border.
2. City of Rocks, Malta
Situated in Southern Idaho's most picturesque landscape, you can find the serenity and convenient trails for an unforgettable camping holiday. Of its 64 campsites, shaded areas vary but nothing compares to the splendid horizon views!
3. Rainbow Point, Cascade
Nestled near Donnelly and Lake Cascade, Rainbow Point is a serene single-family campsite that provides stunning views of the area's natural beauty. Boating access here is easily accessible and surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant wildflowers. The roads are impeccable for weekend retreats to explore with friends or family, while catching glimpses of local wildlife along the way. Be sure to take in all this lovely spot has to offer by venturing down its tranquil 5-mile rail-trail - you won't be disappointed!
4. Phi Kappa Campground, Mackay
Don't overlook The Big Lost River as a camping and recreational destination! You'll get to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Devil's Bedstead, cooler nights due to its high elevation, and peace and quiet amongst a lush forest. If you're feeling extra adventurous there are also RV spots available for your use.
5. Snow Peak, Avery
The Snow Peak Wildlife Management Area offers campers the perfect opportunity to escape from their daily routine and enjoy a secluded getaway in the summer months. Found deep within St. Joe National Forest in Northern Florida, this area boasts numerous hiking trails alongside an impressive stretch of chill-inducing shade provided by its scenic banks along the St. Joe River.
6. Maiden Rock, Cocolalla
Soak up the captivating views of Lake Pend Oreille from any one of our secluded campsites that lie on its shores. Take a scenic stroll down the verdant trails to get even closer to nature, and before you board your vessel, don't miss out on Maiden Rock Trail – where awe-inspiring vistas will take your breath away!
7. Beauty Creek, Coeur d'Alene
Located just a few minutes away from Lake Coeur d'Alene, this gorgeous meadow campground is surrounded by lush forests and offers unparalleled access to trails as well stunning creekside views.
8. Saddleback Lakes, Stanley
Nestled in the majestic Sawtooths, this renowned destination provides remarkable hiking opportunities and is conveniently close to Redfish Lake's famous fishing. Though getting here may require some extra energy, it will be undoubtedly worth it when you wake up to sublime mountainous views each morning.
9. Shafer Butte, Boise
Although Idaho's metropolitan area may not appear to be a camping spot, the Boise city district has countless extraordinary campgrounds for you to explore. Shafer Butte is one of such amazing campground spots - located on top of the Boise Ridge near Bogus Basin and surrounded by natural beauty inside the Boise National Forest. Best part? You can still enjoy close access to all that downtown life while going back-to-nature in style!
10. Boulder White Clouds, Challis
Nestled east of the captivating Sawtooth Wilderness, lies the magnificent Boulder-White Clouds in Central Idaho. Whether you're hiking to Fourth of July Lake or trekking around the stunning Boulder Loop, these breathtaking peaks will have you mesmerized and provide a unique outdoor experience that's truly extraordinary.