Upper Snake Area

Palisades, Idaho

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The Idaho mountains adjoining Wyoming, just west of the Grand Teton Mountains (which are easily visible from Idaho and probably a better view than from the Wyoming side), have forged one of the state’s prettiest areas. The reach of the Snake River just after it flows into Idaho—where it is halted by Palisades Dam—is one of the prettiest bodies of water in Idaho, and it is not yet heavily populated. (This area is becoming more popular with Idaho Falls residents.) Just to the north of this area, over Pine Creek Pass, is the Teton Valley, one of the fastest-growing places in Idaho. There are good reasons: It is just over a mountain pass from world-famous Jackson, Wyoming, and just down the hill from the Grand Targhee Ski Area. The whole area is full of wild critters of many types, from bald eagles and grebes among the birds to black bears, mule deer, moose, and elk among the mammals. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Reunion Flat Group Area, Mike Harris, Trail Creek, Pine Creek, Falls, Calamity / Bear Creek, Palisades Creek, Big Elk Creek, and Blowout.
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Camping Idaho

by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)

The Idaho mountains adjoining Wyoming, just west of the Grand Teton Mountains (which are easily visible from Idaho and probably a better view than from the Wyoming side), have forged one of the state’s prettiest areas. The reach of the Snake River just after it flows into Idaho—where it is halted by Palisades Dam—is one of the prettiest bodies of water in Idaho, and it is not yet heavily populated. (This area is becoming more popular with Idaho Falls residents.)

Just to the north of this area, over Pine Creek Pass, is the Teton Valley, one of the fastest-growing places in Idaho. There are good reasons: It is just over a mountain pass from world-famous Jackson, Wyoming, and just down the hill from the Grand Targhee Ski Area. The whole area is full of wild critters of many types, from bald eagles and grebes among the birds to black bears, mule deer, moose, and elk among the mammals. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Reunion Flat Group Area, Mike Harris, Trail Creek, Pine Creek, Falls, Calamity / Bear Creek, Palisades Creek, Big Elk Creek, and Blowout.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Palisades
Campsites: 9 separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Swimming, Boating
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Targhee National Forest
Topo Map: Upper Snake Area Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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