Places to Go Camping by Idaho City

Places to Go Camping by Idaho City
Idaho City was a boom town during the rush to mine gold just after the Civil War. The historical trappings of the time remain strewn across the Boise Basin. The Boise National Forest and Sawtooth National Recreation Area provide views of unspoiled scenery, and the entire area is host to year-round outdoor activities on land and water.

Elk Run

Elk Run provides primitive tent sites and offers day use of the grounds. Daily, weekly and monthly RV site rentals are available. Gas, propane and 30 to 50 amp electric are offered. Featuring gravel roads winding through mature pines, the forested four acres contain 36 sites. All spaces have water, sewer and electric.

The campground keeps two stocked ponds, allows trail riding and is located near Kirkham Hot Springs. With diverse populations of wildlife and bird watching everyone can enjoy, cryptid fans will appreciate the Bigfoot sightings reported in the area.

Elk Run RV Campground
8467 Highway 21
Lowman, Idaho 83637
(208) 259-3305


Camp Ivydale

Camp Ivydale church camp is located in dense woods near Idaho City. Their cabins hold 15 to 24 people each, and the facilities have bunks with mattresses, communal showers, restrooms and a dining hall. Additional amenities on site include a swimming pool and volleyball court. RV hookups and 25 acres for tent camping are also available.

Camp Ivydale
49 Shaw Gulch Road
Idaho City, Idaho 83631
(208) 392-6781

Cowboy Campground

Located at the edge of high country, the Cowboy Campground provides the basics you need to muster for horse camping and trail riding. Horse trailer parking, tie offs, corrals, water and camp sites are all provided. Many miles of trails, including forested trails, are accessible. The campground is easy to find, right next to the Rodeo Arena, and arena use is available through the city.

Idaho City Cowboy Campground
Mile 39.1 on Highway 21
P.O. Box 315
Idaho City, Idaho 83631
(208) 392-6064

Backcountry Yurts

Idaho City offers backcountry yurts for those who want to better use isolated areas. The yurts have beds with mattresses, table and chairs, propane and wood stoves. Lanterns, kitchen accessories, cleaning items and a primitive toilet are provided. Wood is stocked and an outdoor fire pit is included at each site.

Ride, hike or ski in. There are snow-shoe trails, Nordic skiing, mountain biking and horses trails. Parking and route maps are available through the State of Idaho Parks and Recreation.

Idaho City Backcountry Yurts
State of Idaho Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0065
(208) 334-4199
(888) 922-6743

National Forest Campgrounds

Boise National Forest provides an incredibly variable range of country to explore. Trail access is remote, without trail heads. The area hosts hot springs, remote water sports and cross-country activities.

There are three campgrounds in close proximity to Idaho City: Black Rock, Grayback Gulch and Ten Mile. Black Rock requires a long drive in. Campers can hear the sounds of the river from their campsites. The area holds 11 sites in close proximity, with little privacy. Set at 4,300 feet, the sites include fire pits. RVs are allowed, but there are no conveniences at the location.

Grayback Gulch is at 4,200 feet (with a steep final approach), includes 18 sites and is very similar in design to Black Rock. Ten Mile is at 5,000 feet and includes 14 tent sites. Located near a road, with most sites creek adjacent, the camping is under a canopy of conifers. Firewood is offered for sale.

Boise National Forest Campgrounds
Idaho City Ranger District
3833 Highway 21
P.O. Box 129
Idaho City, Idaho 83631
(208) 392-6681
(877) 444-6777


Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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