If you’re looking for the best campgrounds in Idaho that are free or inexpensive to stay in we have a long list for you from a family who travels a lot! Whether you’re tenting it or RV camping you’ll find choices here.
If you are looking for an area that often gets overlooked by many as a camping destination, it’s time to give Idaho a chance. Here are some of the best campgrounds in Idaho to consider for your next camping trip! Take a peek at our road trip blog for more family travel ideas too. (affiliate links present, originally published 4/19)
The weather is warming, and the camping fever is starting to set in. It’s been too long of a winter, and it’s time to start thinking about getting out and enjoying nature. What better way to enjoy the beauty of nature, than by sitting up camp in it. Idaho is a state that has some beautiful campgrounds.
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- Looking for Places You Can Camp for Free as well, there’s a great resource for that here for that.
- Make sure to stock up on affordable camping gear before you head out.
Free Campgrounds in Idaho
Redfish Lake – This is one of our favorite spots for hiking and biking. You can find a camping spot there too.
Farragut State Park – With over 4,000 acres, adventure and activities await. The camping is great and there are options for fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking as well. Fun little history fact is that this was originally the site of the second largest naval training station…now turned into a state park. Get excited about an awesome camping adventure with this fun find!
Camp in beauty at this state park surrounded by 150-feet tall Ponderosa pine trees. There is plenty of opportunities to see an abundance of wildlife, and possibly even a bear or two! Did I mention the stunning view of the lake? This state park is a must-stop camping destination on your journey.
If you have an rv make sure that they offer spots and hookups for you. What is Idaho Known For? It’s beauty, and you will find that in each spot listed here for sure.
Hot Springs Camp ground – If you’re seeking a camping trip where you can just float in the river, look no further than Hot Springs Campground. Plus, you can also take a relaxing dip in the hot springs as well. Add a bit of excitement to your camping trip with the option of whitewater rafting also!
A smaller campground with only 5 sites offering privacy and seclusion. Snuggle up in your tent listening to the sounds of the river or spend your time keeping an eye out for the abundance of wildlife.
Every campsite at this campground has a lake view. The entire campground is situated on a bluff overlooking the beautiful lake. If you are seeking a peaceful view at an awesome campground, this campground may just be exactly what you are looking.
We drove up there and just spent the day. We were really surprised at what a beautiful area they have available for RVs and tents that are overlooking the lake with no obstructions and just $10 a night!! They are first come first serve but when we were there in late July it wasn’t even full on a Sunday.
There are paths down to the “beach” area where you can set up chairs for the day, here’s what the view from 1 of the campsites looked like when we pulled our truck in. The picture at the bottom of this post is Lake Cascade itself and my kids playing on and around the sandy area. You can rent paddle boards and I believe other water “toys” there too.
Best Family Camping in Idaho
Bald Mountain Campground – Two words: Total seclusion. Only 4 campsites ensuring the privacy that you may be seeking. Pack your books, your sunscreen, and a comfy chair and get ready to camp in total relaxation.
Canyon views await at this campground. Shade is also not an issue due to the trees that surround it. Great fishing options as well!
Situated on the bank of a river, and a great campground for bird-watching! Plus, there are trails for ATV lovers as well.
A remote campground that lets you truly enjoy what nature has to offer. Enjoy fishing or taking a stroll on the nearby trails.
Trails available for people, horses and ATV’s! Plus, campsite options are next to beautiful lake views offering stunning views.
A campground that gets quite a bit of traffic during the peak season and on weekends, and is located on the Bear Valley Creek.
Secret Camping in Idaho
Looking for just a day adventure?
- Visit the town of McCall – Fun during the winter and summertime too with little shops and a great lake.
- Hike along the Snake River
- Payette lake is a great spot as well to spend the day
- Salmon river is gorgeous
- Eagle Island Park has winter activities like sledding as well as a small lake and areas for mountain biking.
- Visiting Yellowstone National Park on the Idaho side is amazingly beautiful with all the mountain ranges. A close second would be a visit to the Sawtooth National Forest.
- City of rocks – A National Reserve in Idaho
If cost is an issue camping is a great way to vacation but finding free campgrounds in Idaho is even better right??
These are some of the best campgrounds in Idaho according to our busy family. Camping in Idaho offers a lot of great choices! Check out a few of the suggestions above or have fun researching all the great camping options out there. Have fun, and don’t forget to pack your bug spray!
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