One of the greatest ways to spend time in the wonderful outdoors that Idaho has to offer is by going on a fun camping trip! Camping is one of the very best ways to enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air of the picturesque Gem State. You may think that you have to go into the middle of nowhere in order to find a nice, peaceful place for a campout, but that is far from the truth! Even in the Treasure Valley, where the state’s largest city, Boise, is located, you can find amazing places to go for an enjoyable camping trip.
There are over 70 excellent campgrounds in the magnificent Boise National Forest. This Forest has long been one of the most popular places in the Northwest to go hiking or on a camping trip.
There is such a wide variety of different campsites that if you want to have a more casual relaxed campout with nicer restrooms, pressurized water, and paved roads you can certainly have that or if you want to “rough it” a bit you can go to campsites with hand-pumped water and dirt roads. Most campsites have grills or fire rings as well as tables to eat at. Whatever type of camper you are, somewhere in the Boise National Forest you will find the spot for you! With how vast it is, you will be able to go on a number of tranquil hikes during your trip and have a look at all kinds of animals in the forest. To really “disconnect” from the world, Boise National Forest is the place to be!
Caldwell may be one of the smaller cities in the Treasure Valley, but it too has some fantastic places to camp, particularly if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Caldwell Campground and RV Park is a really nice place to go with plenty of amenities, and whether you want to camp traditionally in a tent or get cozy in an RV there are plenty of spots to set up camp. In addition to the campground being a perfect place to relax, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is right next door, which is a phenomenal place to enjoy a nature hike. Because of all of the animals that are kept on the site, you will have the chance to spot all kinds of creatures! Deer Flat is a popular place for birdwatching and viewing beautiful scenery, as well as for many other activities like hunting and mountain biking. The campground’s many amenities include restrooms, showers, a convenience store, WIFI, and even laundry facilities. There are also local museums and historical sites close by for those who are interested in checking out some of Idaho’s great history, and there are wonderful local restaurants in the area to enjoy as well. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend time outdoors with all of the conveniences you may need, The Caldwell Campground is absolutely the place to go!
A fantastic place to go for people of all ages is Edna Creek Campground just outside of Boise. There are plenty of great places to go for short hikes, and if you are there during the winter there are some great backroads that can be used for snowshoeing or cross country skiing. These same trails are great for mountain biking during the summer season! Idaho Fish and Game regularly fills the nearby Crooked River with trout so fishing there during your camping trip should be successful as well as relaxing! The campground is actually quite close to Idaho City, so if you forgot something on your trip or if you want to go out to eat the city can be quite a convenience. Sometimes the simple campgrounds can truly have the best options when it comes to fun things to do!
One of the best places to enjoy the water while you are on a campout is Pine Flats Campground. There are several amazing campsites there with fire rings, grills, and vault toilets as well as tables and even amenities like drinking water and trash collection. There is really nice shade provided to the campground by the tall Ponderosa Pines, and there are a lot of great animals to spot in the area, including deer and elk! The South Fork Payette River (located right next to the campground) is one of the best spots to enjoy many popular water sports and activities, including rafting, fishing, and kayaking! In addition, along the river is a relaxing natural hot spring. Just a nice ¼ hike away from where you are camping will bring you right to this peace of naturally occurring luxury! A campout here is sure to be a great time, you can have fun fishing or boating on the river, and end your evening with a peaceful soak in the hot springs!
Very close to downtown Boise is Lucky Peak State Park! You can get to this great campsite in no time at all by car or by taking a nice bike ride on the Boise River Greenbelt. Sandy Point also provides a great beach to go for a swim or raft ride in the river. Discovery Park is also close by if you are wanting a place to take your boat into the water, have a beautiful picnic, or even rent rafts and kayaks to take into the river. It is the ideal place almost right in town to go for a campout!
These are some of the absolute greatest places in the Treasure Valley to go on a camping trip, but with a little bit of exploring you will find so much more that the area has to offer. There are great camping options to help you have an excellent time any time of the year, and so many activities are available to you, whether they are on the water, the mountains, or the forest!