6 Idaho Camping Spots You Must Visit

In addition to well-known camping spots like McCall’s Ponderosa State Park or Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, consider visiting one of these destinations during the upcoming camping season:

Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast (near Sandpoint) in Clark Fork, Idaho

Upscale camping only 30 miles east of Sandpoint Idaho. You’ll love the old-fashioned camping experience with all the comfort of a bed and breakfast. Fully furnished canvas wall tents are available with a queen sized bed, plank floor, wood stove, camp kitchen, complimentary breakfast, propane hotplate, ice chest, camp fires, and s’mores! A recent review says, “If you are looking for something off the beaten path and appreciate outstanding personalized service, I would recommend Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast for a unique camping spot.”

Craters of the Moon

This U.S. National Monument and national preserve is located in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. It is along US 20 (concurrent with US 93 and US 26), between the small towns of Arco and Carey, at an average elevation of 5,900 feet (1,800 m) above sea level. The protected area’s features are volcanic and represent one of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States.

A reviewer says, “We loved our visit to Craters, the landscape is something we will not forget. You can easily spend a whole day visiting ever part of the park. Load up on supplies before you come here. Arco is the closest town, about 15 miles. Arco is the first town ever to run on Atomic Power. There is a museum in town, worth a quick look. The Idaho Laboratory still is in the area and employs a huge amount of people.”

Priest Lake

This scenic area is located in the northernmost portion of the Idaho Panhandle, 80 miles north of Spokane, Washington, with the northern end of the lake extending to within 15 miles. There are several large private resorts on the lake including Hills Resort, and Elkins Resort. Popular campgrounds include Indian Creek and Lionhead run by the State of Idaho as well as Beaver Creek, Reeder Bay, Osprey, Outlet Bay, and Luby Bay, which are all located in and run by the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Several hiking trails circle the lake, also connecting to the Upper Priest Lake.

Lava Hot Springs

Within the small rural community of Lava Hot Springs you’ll find some of the finest campgrounds in Idaho. Within the last decade, this village has become a hot spot for tourists. Campers often come from all over the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the peaceful serenity and landscape of the area.

Lava Hot Springs campgrounds offers:

Proximity to Idaho’s world famous hot pools, as well as the Olympic swimming complex.
Beautiful scenery within the Lava Hot Springs valley year round.
Affordable vacation when compared to other attractions
A range of services, including full hook up pull through sites, some with cable, tent sites, and cabins.
Many are located on or near the Portneuf River, where guests like to float the river.
Some of the campgrounds include small convenience stores, fire pits, and planned activities.
City of Rocks National Reserve

The City of Rocks National Reserve, also known as the Silent City of Rocks, is a United States National Reserve and state park located 2 miles north of the south central Idaho border with Utah. Enjoy climbing, hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, and camping (tent, yurt, or RV). City of Rocks offers 64 campsites, many tucked in among the granite fins and boulders. Several campsites are shaded by aspen, juniper, mountain mahogany, and pine trees.

Hell’s Gate State Park

Hells Gate State Park is a state park of Idaho, USA, at the entrance of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The canyon was carved by the Snake River and is a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The State Park is a lush green paradise located on the banks of the Snake River just 4 miles from downtown Lewiston, ID.

Large campsites with plenty of shade beckon visitors. Users can visit the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center or the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center, both located at Hells Gate. Private guides offer jet boat tours into Hells Canyon.

No matter what your camping preference is, there’s something you’ll enjoy at each of the locations listed above. Idaho is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S., with a plethora of scenic locations just waiting to be explored. If you’re looking for adventure in Idaho this summer, check out one of our recommendations. All of us at The Mike Brown Group hope you have a safe and fun summer! Please feel free to give us a call if you need any recommendations for outdoor fun in Idaho.