It's officially summer and with it comes the excitement of exploring Idaho and enjoying all of the outdoor activities that our great state has to offer - including a multitude of camping options. Consider visiting one of these destinations during the upcoming camping season:
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.”
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.
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.
The Idaho Statesman recently reported in an article on best Idaho campings spots that... "French Creek is a shady, lush oasis on Lake Cascade. To get to the campground, drive past the poor souls out on the exposed, scorching, treeless east side of Lake Cascade in Donnelly. Soon, you swing around the tip of the lake and onto West Mountain Road, into the cool shade of the Boise National Forest on the west side."
The site features 21 campsites in the towering pines. The Idaho Statesman says that the choicest spots to pitch your tent are sites 1-8, which are on the lake side of the road and along the namesake creek. If you reserve a site early enough, you can snag one that is along the creek —sites 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8. No. 1 is the most private — you’ll nearly feel alone there.
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 fun outdoor ideas and activities in Idaho.