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The Best Camping in Idaho

Looking for the best camping in Idaho? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Idaho. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top camping spots in and near Idaho

  • Garden Valley, Idaho

    Camp at Rocky Canyon Hot Springs

    4.0
    Idaho is known for its pristine rivers and countless geothermal pools. The Rocky Canyon Hot Springs epitomizes both of these and will leave you begging to stay. From Boise, hop in the car and head north, I'll see you in Crouch. Take Hwy. 55 to Banks, which doubles as a landmark town to remember t...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Soak in Kirkham Hot Springs

    4.6
    Soaking in Kirkham is like soaking in a dream. Numerous geothermal springs of varying temperature await at the bottom of a small wooden staircase. Hot water pours over the cliff into pools below and literally feels like a natural shower. If that's not enough, enjoy the rush and beauty of the Paye...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Sawtooth Lake

    4.9
    10 mi
    Sawtooth Lake is "must-see" for Idaho hikers or any outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Sawtooth National Forest. The five mile trek to the lake is made worthwhile by breathtaking, photogenic alpine lakes and the crisp, clean Idaho air. It's up to you whether to day hike the trail or to camp at the ...
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  • Salmon, Idaho

    Hike & Soak in Goldbug Hot Springs

    4.6
    3.52 mi / 1350 ft gain
    Reaching the Goldbug Hot Springs trailhead is pretty straightforward. It is located South of Salmon, Idaho and north of Challis, Idaho. The turnoff is near mile marker 282 on highway 93. This turns into a short dirt road (heading east) with a trailhead at the end; wooden fences and a restroom wil...
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  • Swan Valley, Idaho

    Camp at Fall Creek Falls

    4.8
    Just an hour outside of Jackson Hole, this waterfall is very easy to access. This is also a great spot to camp overnight if you are heading to the Grand Tetons National Park from the West Coast. Look for a sign at the turn out that says “Fall Creek Falls.” If you find yourself on the bridge over ...
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  • Garden Valley, Idaho

    Soak in Pine Flats Hot Springs

    3.6
    0.5 mi
    The secret is out about Idaho's plethora of hot springs... but this one truly is special. It's highlighted by a warm waterfall that pours into a pool on the banks of the Payette. These springs are only about an hour and a half drive from Boise.To get there from the City of Trees, head north on Hw...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Paddle on Stanley Lake

    5.0
    Stanley Lake is an Idaho alpine lake located at the base of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The lake is about 7 miles from the historic town of Stanley, Idaho and just over an hour from popular Sun Valley, Idaho.Our photography and hiking adventure cap...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Lake via Petit Trail

    5.0
    11.97 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Alice Lake is a must-see, jaw-dropping alpine lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Whether it's a day hike or a multiple night backpacking trip, it surely won't disappoint. Put on the Idaho playlist, we're headed to Stanley! In Stanley, hang right at the T in the road and continue 17 miles south alo...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Hike Redfish Lake to Alpine Lake

    5.0
    10.85 mi / 1893 ft gain
    Just south of the beautiful town of Stanley, Idaho lays one of coolest lakes in the region: Redfish Lake. Redfish is a banana shaped lake that boasts some of the most epic camping spots in all of Idaho. Using this area as home base, there's countless adventures within just a few miles. One of the...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

    5.0
    8.64 mi / 2129 ft gain
    The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The cost is $7.50 per person each way and is payable at the marina. The boat ride is approximately 7 minutes each way. Once across the lake at its southern end (Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp), hike th...
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  • Cascade, Idaho

    Camp at Blue Lake

    4.8
    Blue Lake is a great spot to spend a night next to the lake but is also the perfect escape if you're looking to get away for just the day. The stars at night are worth the trip alone, as it's far away from light pollution. It gets a little windy sometimes but there is plenty of cover and trees to...
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  • Bruneau, Idaho

    Hike the Bruneau Sand Dunes

    4.3
    3 mi / 470 ft gain
    Set off from the Bruneau Lake parking lot and circumnavigate the lake in a clockwise direction. The hike traverses small rolling dunes before beginning it's ascent of the big dune. The big dune rises 450 feet and it's loose sand is both entertaining to climb as well as a test of patience.The 360 ...
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  • Elmore County, Idaho

    Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

    4.5
    In just over an hour, you can leave downtown Boise and arrive above Arrowrock Reservoir in a location so unique that you won't believe you're still in Idaho. The South Fork of the Boise River provides excitement for campers, wildlife lovers, and outdoor goers. Although I just visited for the firs...
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  • Boise County, Idaho

    Jennie Lake Trail

    4.0
    8.38 mi / 1998 ft gain
    Perhaps one of the best beginner-esque lake hikes closest to Boise, making your way to Jennie Lake can either be packed-in overnight or and out-and-back day hike. You'll be delighted by the secluded ambiance of the lake and the cool mountain breeze rushing through the pines. Getting There: Make ...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Camp at the Coyote Yurts

    5.0
    The Coyote Yurts are a little known treasure within the Sawtooth National Forest. Built and maintained by Sun Valley Trekking, these yurts are equipped with everything you need for a weekend getaway during any season of the year. Adventurers who enjoy mountain biking and backcountry skiing will n...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Camp at Redfish Lake

    4.4
    There are plenty of camping spots all within walking distance of the lake or the outlet stream. There are also tons of hikes in the surrounding Sawtooth Mountain Range. The lake is known for its historic Sockeye Salmon runs. The lake is very close to Stanley Idaho and leads into the salmon river....
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