Tucked in between the Rocky Mountains and the rugged west coast, Idaho is known for its spectacular natural beauty and its endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Much of the state is covered by national forests and state parks, but no matter where you choose to camp, you'll be able to fish and hike during the day and sit by a cozy campfire at night. Whether you want to pitch your tent among the majestic Ponderosa pines of a national forest or on the shores of a sparkling lake, here are the best places to camp in Idaho. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Heyburn State Park
2.Lake Cascade State Park
3.Three Island Crossing State Park
4.Creekside Campground Idaho City
5.Boise National Forest
6.Idaho Panhandle National Forests
7.Pine Flats Campground
8.Ten Mile Campground
9.Black Rock Campground
10.Edna Creek Campground
11.Bull Trout Campground
12.Cozy Cove Campground
13.Queens River Campground
14.Bad Bear Campground
15.Palisades Creek Campground
16.Warm River Campground
17.Grayback Gulch Campground
18.Farragut State Park
19.Ponderosa State Park
20.Kelly Island Campground
21.Sawtooth National Forest
22.Willow Creek Campground (Idaho City)
25.Porcupine Springs Campground
25 Best Idaho Camping Spots
- Heyburn State Park, Photo: Denise Torres/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Cascade State Park, Photo: goodluz/stock.adobe.com
- Three Island Crossing State Park, Photo: mikeobiz/stock.adobe.com
- Creekside Campground Idaho City, Photo: Creekside Campground Idaho City
- Boise National Forest, Photo: Rhiley Allbee/stock.adobe.com
- Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Photo: Maria_Savenko/stock.adobe.com
- Pine Flats Campground, Photo: David Prahl/stock.adobe.com
- Ten Mile Campground, Photo: megakunstfoto/stock.adobe.com
- Black Rock Campground, Photo: Pavel Klimenko/stock.adobe.com
- Edna Creek Campground, Photo: alfa27/stock.adobe.com
- Bull Trout Campground, Photo: brizmaker/stock.adobe.com
- Cozy Cove Campground, Photo: AlexR/stock.adobe.com
- Queens River Campground, Photo: Nattawit/stock.adobe.com
- Bad Bear Campground, Photo: koldunova/stock.adobe.com
- Palisades Creek Campground, Photo: AlessandraRC/stock.adobe.com
- Warm River Campground, Photo: helivideo/stock.adobe.com
- Grayback Gulch Campground, Photo: korchemkin/stock.adobe.com
- Farragut State Park, Photo: Elena/stock.adobe.com
- Ponderosa State Park, Photo: kokliang1981/stock.adobe.com
- Kelly Island Campground, Photo: Prostock-studio/stock.adobe.com
- Sawtooth National Forest, Photo: Michel Hersen Danita Delimont/stock.adobe.com
- Willow Creek Campground (Idaho City), Photo: Wirestock/stock.adobe.com
- Kirkham Campground, Photo: NKTN/stock.adobe.com
- Mountain View, Photo: Kristina/stock.adobe.com
- Porcupine Springs Campground, Photo: sam73nz/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: mikeobiz/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in Idaho: The Coeur d’Alene Resort
The Coeur d’Alene Resort, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, sits on the edge of the lake with the same name. The resort features luxury accommodations, a full-service spa, a renowned golf course, and multiple award-winning dining experiences - all without having to leave the resort grounds.
The accommodations at the resort are either in the 17 stories Lake Tower or the smaller Park Tower.
Both the Lake Tower and the Park Tower have guest rooms with lake views (available from the 1st to the 7th floor), and guests can upgrade to a room with a fireplace (available from the 8th to the 17th floor). Each room has its private balcony that overlooks the lake, and large, floor to ceiling picture windows (with curtains that can be controlled by remote control). The fireplaces are gas powered. The bathrooms have a separate dressing room, granite sinks, and a separate bathtub and shower. Resort guests can choose between a king size bed or two double beds.
There are two suites available at the resort as well.
The Hagadone Suite is located on the Lake Tower’s 18th floor and is 2500 square feet in size. The suite features a separate bedroom (with a king size bed), living area (with fireplace) and dining room (which can seat up to six people at a time). The bathroom has a waterfall style bathtub with an in-mirror television. The suite has cathedral ceilings and two balconies (one of which features a whirlpool hot tub as well as a glass bottomed swimming pool). This suite can be connected to another suite (the Middle suite).
The other suite at the resort is the Jaeger Suite. It is 1500 square feet in size and also has a separate bedroom (with a king size bed as well), bathroom (with an in-mirror television), and two balconies. The living area has a gas fireplace. It is also on the 18th floor and can be connected to another suite (the Middle suite) as well.
Each bed has been fit with luxury bed linens and pillowtop mattress.
Each room and suite have complimentary wireless internet access. There are coffee makers for hot coffee or tea, mini fridges (stocked with premium spirits, candy, and beer), and guests will have a daily local newspaper is delivered to the front door every morning.
The bathrooms are all outfitted with top of the line toiletries and cotton robes.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort has different dining packages for resort guests. All packages are based on resort availability and must be reserved ahead of time.
The packages include room service and gift certificates to either an on-site or off-site restaurant.
One of these restaurants is Beverly’s. Beverly’s is regularly ranked as one of the top restaurants in the United States and is located on the 7th floor of the resort. It offers five-star cuisine with Northwestern flavors and the most extensive wine seller in the Pacific Northwest (with more than 14000 bottles).
Another restaurant located at the resort is Dockside. Dockside offers resort guests classic dishes, a large (18 foot) salad bar, Sunday brunch, and signature desserts. It is located on the lobby level, at the water’s edge of the resort and lake.
An additional option is the Cedars, a floating restaurant. It is located on Blackwell Island in the middle of the lake. Guests can enjoy fresh salmon, a prime rib, and salad.
Resort guests who are interested in just grabbing a cup of coffee can visit the Lobby Cafe, located on the main floor. The cafe offers espresso drinks, drip coffee, and pastries created by the resort’s pastry chefs.
The resort also has its own, in house spa. The spa focuses on treatments mostly using the four elements, especially focusing on water and stone treatments. It has been rated as one of the top spas in the entire United States for multiple years in a row, as well as one of the most romantic due to the focus on couple’s massage. They also offer spray tanning, seasonal spa services, and discounts for bridal groups.
There is also a full-service golf course for resort guests. The golf course has been featured in multiple golf publications like Golf Digest and is 18 holes with a par 71. It is just under 7000 yards in length. The course also has a caddie program and also golf lessons for an additional fee. Luxury golf carts are also available. The course was designed by Scott Miller.
115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83814, Phone: 855-703-4648
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More Ideas in Idaho: Diamond D Ranch
The Diamond D Ranch is a ranch resort located in the Frank Church Wilderness of Stanley, Idaho. The ranch provides old-fashioned fun and the ability to disconnect from the outside world in one of their cabins, suites, or bed and breakfast rooms. Guests can take one of the renowned hunting camping trips, go horseback riding, enjoy the homemade cuisine, or enjoy time just lounging by the pool.
The Diamond D Ranch has a variety of different lodging styles, all designed to be as warm and inviting as possible. There are cabins, suites, and bed and breakfast guest rooms located all across the ranch property.
The ranch has two different size cabins for overnight accommodations - three cabins with two bedrooms (sleeping six), and one cabin with four bedrooms (sleeping ten). Each cabin has its private bathroom, large living area, and a mini refrigerator for beverages and snacks. The smaller cabins are located above the ranch’s creek (that can be heard babbling with the cabin’s windows open). The large cabin has also been designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.
There are two suites on the property as well.
Also, the main lodge also offers five bed and breakfast guest rooms. These rooms have the option of either double or queen size beds.
All rates at the Diamond D Ranch include three meals a day, the cost of lodging, use of all of the ranch’s facilities, horseback riding, and additional daily, planned activities. Beer and wine can be purchased at an additional cost.
The Diamond D Ranch has a fully equipped kitchen that puts out imaginative menus daily. Meals are all served either family style in the dining room of the lodge or outdoor at one of the barbeques. Regular menus include coffee, hotcakes, and bacon and eggs for breakfast, and fresh, home-baked cakes and pies for dessert. The staff at the Diamond D Ranch can also work around most dietary restrictions with advance notice.
They also serve a huge variety of wines and beers.
Activities at the Diamond D Ranch are plentiful, due to the vast wilderness that surrounds it. Guests staying at the resort can go horseback riding, enjoy the hot springs, go on overnight camping/pack trips, try their hand at gold panning, do some guided fly fishing, hike (guided hikes are planned Wednesdays and head to many of the close scenic locations like Mystery Lake and Summit Ridge), target shoot, and more.
There is a wide range of family-friendly activities at the ranch. Families can enjoy kickball, volleyball, roasting s’mores at the campfire, or go swimming in the pool. There is also a play area and swing set, and daily events planned just for younger visitors. Babysitters are also available.
Also, recently added at the ranch, are other activities including yoga (a certified yoga instructor is on staff at the ranch) and stand up paddle boarding,
Special activities are planned daily for all age levels and interests.
One of the biggest benefits of visiting the Diamond D Ranch is hunting. The area surrounding the ranch is approximately 2.5 million acres, making it the second largest area of its type (just behind Alaska).
There are many ways that guests can hunt while visiting the ranch. Many hunters enjoy visiting one of the ranch’s hunting camps. Each camp can host six hunters at a time, and one hunting guide is provided for every two hunters. Guests can request private guides as well. The camps have a large and fully equipped cooking tent as well as sleeping tents that can sleep two with provided lanterns, heating stoves, and cots.
Hunters can track mainly mule deer and elk.
Guests planning to hunt should make sure to pack their rifle, sleeping bag, scabbard, warm/wet weather clothing, and sturdy footwear. With a deposit, the staff will work with each guest to procure their Idaho hunting license. The ranch provides a cot/bed, as well as all food and tack needed for their visit.
Weddings and Special Events
The Diamond D Ranch is well-known for being the perfect setting for a variety of special events, including weddings.
Weddings can be performed anywhere outdoors on the property, or guests can choose to say their vows in the chapel that was hand-built by the owners of the ranch. The indoor chapel holds up to 60 guests, and one of the owners is an ordained minister, which allows her to perform the weddings. A catered menu can be designed with the ranch staff.
The ranch is the perfect setting for a variety of other special events including small conferences, seminars, sales meetings, and more. The conference room on-site can seat between 25 and 30 attendees.
1 Loon Creek Road, Stanley, ID, 83278, Phone: 800-222-1269
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More Ideas in Idaho: Les Saison Resort
The Les Saison Resort sits in the middle of Sun Valley, Idaho, in the city of Ketchum. Since 1936, the resort has expanded to more than 2000 acres providing rental accommodations, a full-service spa, and luxury services and amenities that allow guests to enjoy the resort before heading out for a full day of skiing on Bald Mountain. There are also many different dining options and attractions located just steps from the lodge.
Resort guests staying at Les Saison will be greeted by a luxurious, residential accommodation that comes equipped with a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, a choice of a view of either the Trail Creek Summit or Bald Mountain, and access to all of the upscale services and amenities found on-site.
The resort offers either one, two bedrooms, and three-bedroom master suites.
Each rental provides guests with handcrafted furnishings, kitchen countertops made of granite, and custom designed cabinetry and lighting. There is also a patio with complimentary barbeques attached to each accommodation as well.
Les Saison offers rentals available all year round. Accommodations are available for one night or up to a few weeks at a time. Daily housekeeping is provided.
The resort is no smoking, and no pets are allowed on the premises.
Services and Amenities
All rentals at Les Saison come with a flat screen television in each bedroom as well as the den and living room areas. Each accommodation also has a fireplace.
Additional benefits for guests staying at the resort include comprehensive concierge services, valet services (which includes complimentary airport transportation) or heated, reserved underground vehicle parking, and grocery shopping that can be done before guest arrival.
Visitors can also make use of the soaking tubs and rooftop pool (with year-round heated deck), a steam room and sauna, and an exercise facility.
Les Saison also is home to a full-service spa. The spa has multiple therapy/treatment rooms that were designed to be calming in nature, and it is staffed by knowledgeable, licensed spa professionals that are prepared to provide top-notch massage with customizable essential oil therapy.
Treatments at the spa include a variety of different massage options, depending on the level of massage therapy each guest is looking for.
Swedish massage is the most relaxing massage available at Les Saison. This style of massage is known for being relaxing for both the mind and the body, while also helping aid circulation. This fluid style of massage is available in both an hour as well as an hour and a half therapy session.
Deep tissue massage is a slightly stronger but still therapeutic and relaxing style of massage therapy. Therapists with use both essential oils as well as arnica to help heal the body and spirit, and guests can purchase either an hour or an hour and a half at a time.
For a slightly warmer option, many guests choose hot stone massage. With this style of massage, a trained therapist will place heated stones at critical points to help enhance the therapy. Combined with aromatherapy, hot stone massage is both healing and calming. It is available for either an hour or an hour and a half.
Pregnant guests can purchase a prenatal massage. Massage therapists trained in prenatal massage will gently help resort guests get some relief in their bodies. This style of massage therapy provides comfort, helps to improve circulation, and helps them relax. Guests must be out of their first trimester of pregnancy (after 12 weeks gestation) to purchase a prenatal massage. Prenatal body cushions will be provided for both safety and comfort. Prenatal massage is available for either an hour or an hour and a half.
The spa also provides couples massage. This type of massage isn’t just for romantic couples, and it can be provided for any two people seeking to relax together. Provided in the resort’s specialized couple’s suite, two massage therapists will work in tandem to provide relief from tension and stress by using a circular motion, kneading, and firm, long strokes. This also helps to improve both metabolism and circulation. Couples massage can also be purchased for either an hour or an hour and a half.
The nearby Sun Valley area is awash in dining options for guests.
For breakfast options, guests can grab a smoothie from 5B Fruit, a cup of coffee at Java, or a full, sit down breakfast meal at Gretchen’s (located just adjacent to the lobby).
Lunch can be purchased from the locally owned Burger Grill, the award-winning Despo’s Mexican restaurant, or the healthy, vegan and organic Glow Live Food cafe.
For dinner, guests can choose the Cellar Pub, Enoteca (a restaurant and wine bar serving gourmet pizza and charcuterie), or Perry’s Restaurant (which has been voted “Best of the Valley” for over 25 years).
Guests can speak directly with a concierge to help guide them or to make reservations locally.
During the warmer weather, many resort guests like to venture out and do some mountain biking. There are more than 400 miles of single-track bike trails, hundreds of additional miles of scenic road biking, and over 20 miles of specifically paved and dedicated bike paths in the town. Group rides leave from multiple areas a few times a week. Guests are urged to speak with a concierge for additional information.
Perhaps the biggest draw of a stay at Les Saison Resort is its proximity to many different snow sports on the attached mountain range. Not only does Bald Mountain have nearly 3,500 vertical feet of “fall line” terrain, but nearby Dollar Mountain offers guests a family experience. Resort guests can enjoy not only multiple types of skiing (traditional, Nordic, Heli, and backcountry) but also snowboarding, snowshoeing snowmobiling, and ice skating.
Resort guests can use the individual lockers to store their ski gear, which each come with boot warmers.
680 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID, 83340, Phone: 866-847-4200
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