Idaho RV Camping
Idaho RV Camping
Idaho RV camping can be found all over the state, and of course you’ll find those famous potatoes when searching for camping sites in Idaho. Private RV parks and public campgrounds offer facilities from primitive campsites to full service RV resorts. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is widely available on BLM, Forest Service, and State Wildlife Management Areas.
Idaho RV Parks
- Idaho RV Parks – Research tool for finding the best Idaho RV parks and campgrounds.
Federal RV Camping Information
NationalPark Service – NPS information about Idaho RV camping in National Park Service campgrounds.
US Forest Service (USFS) – Idaho RV camping and recreation information.
USFS Idaho Panhandle
Boise National Forest
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Payette National Forest
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Sawtooth National Forest
Bureau of Land Management – BLM information about lands managed in Idaho. BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public land, with over 50 developed recreation areas. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is encouraged on BLM lands in Idaho.
US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about Corps lakes in Idaho. RV camping facilities are available at two USACE administered lakes in Idaho.
US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Idaho. Not all refuges allow camping, so check carefully.
State RV Camping Information
Idaho State Parks offer a wide variety of campgrounds. RV camping locations from the mountains to the plains with almost unlimited recreation opportunities are located throughout the state.
Idaho Fish and Game – Information and directions to Idaho’s Wildlife Management Areas…many allow RV camping.
Official Idaho State Tourism Website – Where to go, and what to do. Includes Idaho RV camping suggestions.
Idaho Power Parks – Several parks provide public RV camping on a first come first serve basis.
Idaho RV Camping Reservations
Camping Reservations – Make your Idaho State and Federal campground reservations in advance and your campsite will be waiting when you arrive.
Idaho RV Dump Stations
RVDumps.com – Places to dump your RV in Idaho.
Sanidumps.com – Idaho RV dump stations listed by town.
Free Idaho RV Camping
Public Lands offer virtually unlimited free boondocking/dispersed Idaho RV camping locations. Boondocking has information about finding free Idaho RV camping locations, and you can often get free RV camping locations from the USFS (US Forest Service) Ranger Districts and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Field Offices. Asked about “recommended dispersed camping locations”.
The following are just a few examples of great free Idaho RV camping locations.
Free Idaho RV camping is allowed at the Deadman Hole Recreation Site. Located next to the Salmon River, you’ll find great fishing as well as drinking water, vault toilet, boat ramp, and dispersed RV camping sites.
Crater Lake Campground – USFS Photo
Two BLM administered campgrounds are available for free RV camping. These campgrounds have few amenities, and are well off the beaten path. Suitable for smaller RVs.
Moose and migratory bird watching are popular at the McArthur Lake WMA. The WMA (Wildlife Management Area) has designated an an area just north of the dam for Idaho RV camping with a 10 day limit.
Summit Creek Recreation Site – BLM Photo
50 miles from the nearest town, the Summit Creek Recreation Site has 7 campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets. Great wildlife viewing and fishing area.
Primitive dispersed Idaho RV camping(boondocking) is permitted at the Big Cottonwood WMA. This wildlife management area offers stays of no more than 10 days in any 30 day period.
Silver City Campground – BLM Photo
Don’t let the ghosts frighten you away from great free Idaho RV camping at the Silver City Campground. This partially restored ghost town offers free camping off the beaten path. Check road conditions before heading into unfamiliar areas.
Located along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway, the BLM Agency Creek Campground offers 4 campsites with biking, fishing, wildlife viewing and more. Primitive campground with vault toilet.
Public Idaho RV Camping
Idaho RV camping is available at a wide variety of public campgrounds. From the Craters of the Moon, to City of Rocks, you can find the best campsites in Idaho. The following are only a few examples of the many great Idaho RV camping locations available. All campsites have fire-ring and picnic table, and vault toilets and drinking water is available.
Smokey Mountain Campground – City of Rocks – NPS Photo
RV Camping is managed for the City of Rocks National Reserve by the State of Idaho. 64 campsites amid granite spires makes for a unique Idaho RV camping experience. All campsites have a fire ring and picnic table, there are vault toilets, and drinking water is available.
Camp among volcanic rock outcroppings at Craters of the Moon National Monument. A landscape so alien astronauts performed Apollo moon mission training here. The campground has water and RV dump.
20 campsites are available at the Beauty Creek Campground. This USDA Forest Service campground is fully accessible. and has potable water. No reservations.
Stoddard Creek Campground – USFS Photo
A short distance off I-15 is the Stoddard Creek Campground. Running water, restrooms, and each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring/barbecue grill. Poplar activities include hiking, fishing, and ATV and mountain biking.
Just outside Yellowstone National Park, the Henrys Lake State Park offers 44 campsites. Boating, hiking, and great scenery.
Standard and water/electric campsites are available at Hells Gate State Park. This is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Camping reservations recommended.
Over 1000 acres on a peninsula make up Ponderosa State Park. Water and electric campsites. RV dump available. Activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing,
RV camping is available at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The highest sand dune in North America is located in this park near the 82 water and electric Idaho RV camping sites.
9 miles north of I-90 is the Bumblebee Campground. USDA Forest Service campground has 25 RV Camping sites with potable water.
More Idaho Public Campgrounds
Besides the public Idaho RV camping information listed above, many Idaho counties have camping facilities, some of them free. The following are just a few of the Idaho RV camping opportunities available.
Canyon county has two parks that allow RV camping for a nominal price.
Situated along the Snake River, Celebration Park is Idaho’s only archaeological park.
Martin Landing Recreation Area is located at the confluence of the Boise, Owyhee and Snake Rivers.
Bonneville county in east central Idaho offers the Blacktail Park and Juniper Campground. RV camping, shelters, picnic tables, and fire rings. Pack out your trash.
Madison County near Rexburg on the east side of the Teton mountain range offers Beaver Dick Park. Great Idaho RV camping at $5 per night or $15 for 5 nights.
The location map images for finding Idaho RV camping locations are derived from DeLorme Topo 6.0 Software and used with their exclusive permission. The newest version Topo USA 8.0 National Edition now available covers the entire USA with highly detailed maps that can be zoomed in or out, moved, printed, and interfaced with GPS units. 3-D views, tracking and route planning, as well as map annotation ability are included. BLM administered lands are available free with registration of the program. A great tool to help locate Idaho RV camping locations.