Here's some of our favorite campsites
Jefferson County Lake (AKA Rigby Lake)
Rigby, Idaho2.0 miles N of Rigby, Idaho
Rigby Lake has long been a favorite swimming hole for those in the area. The county has taken it well under its wing and made it a buzzing spot on any warm summer day. Along with the long standing...Camp, Canoe, Dive, Kayak, Sled, Swim 5.6-8.3 mi
Palisades Creek Trail / Lakes and Waterfall Canyon
Irwin, Idaho4.4 miles E of Irwin, Idaho
Palisades Creek Trail is located about 50 miles southeast of Idaho Falls and about 60 miles west of Jackson Hole WY in Swan Valley Idaho. The four mile hike up to lower Palisades Lake or the 6.2 mile...Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike 0.1-5.2 mi
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park0.3 miles SW of Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs is a unique sight in Yellowstone National Park. The soft limestone in this area allowed the water to form colorful terraces. The extremely hot running water is clear and smooth,...Camp, Hike 0.6-3.7 mi
Umstead State Park
Raleigh, North Carolina9.7 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
People in North Carolina’s Triangle find respite in the natural haven that is William B. Umstead State Park. Umstead State Park is an impressive 5,579 acres of nature’s wonders in the...Camp, Canoe, Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike 1.0 mi
Lewis & Clark Caverns
Whitehall, Montana10.9 miles E of Whitehall, Montana
The Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park encompasses 3,015 acres that you can explore by foot, on a bike, in a canoe or in a tent. The most famous feature of the park is the Lewis & Clark...Camp, Canoe, Cave, Hike, Mountain Bike 13.2-13.5 mi
Bear Creek Hot Springs
Irwin, Idaho9.8 miles S of Irwin, Idaho
Bear Creek Hot Springs is a 15 mile out and back trail with a hot spring at the end. The trail is not well marked and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for...Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Hot Springs, Mountain Bike
Pine Butte / The Caldera
St. Anthony, Idaho21.7 miles N of St. Anthony, Idaho
This is about as close to an oasis as you can get in the deserts of Idaho. It's an old volcano in the middle of the sagebrush desert. As soon as you start down the path, you can feel the air...Camp, Hike, Horseback 4.7 mi
Fifth Water Hot Springs
Provo, Utah19.0 miles SE of Provo, Utah
AKA Diamond Fork Hot Springs A beautiful drive and a 2.5 mile hike along the river will end you at an amazing set of hot springs that's well worth the trip. There's a variety of...Backpack, Camp, Hike, Hot Springs, Mountain Bike, Swim
Champoeg State Park
Saint Paul, Oregon4.9 miles NE of Saint Paul, Oregon
Champoeg State Park (commonly pronounced SHAM-poo-EE) is a historic pioneer site as well as a beautiful outdoor recreational area. The Native Americans originally pronounced it CHAM-po-EGG, but it...Camp, Disc Golf, Hike, Mountain Bike 0.5-3.5 mi
Ririe, Idaho9.8 miles NE of Ririe, Idaho
Also known as Manmade Falls or the Woodmansee Dam, Webster Dam is an abandoned dam located deep in Moody Creek canyon, the dam was abandoned when sediment built up behind the dam which then...Camp, Hike, Mountain Bike
- Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
- Travel & camp on durable surfaces. Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
- Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
- Leave what you find. Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
- Minimize campfire impacts. Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
- Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
- Be considerate of other visitors. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.