With its vast amount of land, and much of it still being ruled by nature, Idaho is stuffed with amazing places to take a camping trip. Even Boise, with its large population in comparison to the rest of the state, has surprisingly great places to camp close by. If you are in the Boise area and want to take a break from civilization for a while, you’ll find you don’t have to go too far out of the city to find a place. Here are several of the best places to take a camping trip near Boise!
The Boise National Forest is a favorite place among many residing in the Boise area. While it is a popular place to go hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding, the forest also has tons of fantastic places to go camping. One of these popular spots is Schafer Butte. Located near the top of the mountains, Schafer Butte provides excellent scenery of several summits (including Schafer Butte, Mores Mountain, and Deer Point) and the valley below for anyone wanting to relax and be immersed in the beauty around them, and also has great hiking and biking trails right next to the campground so you can consider enjoying a beautiful trip through the mountains. You will also have plenty of Douglas Fir and Aspen trees to act as a great shade to your campsite.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you will find that the valley areas of the Boise National Forest make just as great areas for camping as the areas in the mountains. One of the most popular places to camp in the valley is Silver Creek Campground located in Peace Valley. Some advantages to camping here are its proximity to Silver Creek and Peace Creek which are great places to go fishing for whitefish and rainbow trout. There are also excellent trails to hike and bike as well as hunt and ride ATVs. The campground also provides grills to use as well as drinking water. As a nice bonus, only a ¼ miles away from camp is the Silver Creek Plunge hot spring. Not only does it have a relaxing hot springs pool, but also courts to play basketball and volleyball, a convenience store, and a playground.
Another popular spot in the Boise National Forest is Black Rock Campground and is about two hours from the city of Boise. People who camp here can enjoy many activities including trails that can be used not only for hiking, mountain biking, and dirt biking but horseback riding as well. This campground is also one of the best places to view wildlife in the area. In addition, you can enjoy swimming and fishing in many different swimming holes in close proximity to the campground. Other conveniences the area provides are bathrooms, a drinking water pump, grills to cook with, and trash collection.
Yet again in the large Boise National Forest is Pine Flats Campground, which is about an hour and a half outside of Boise. Pine Flats is well loved by many in the area, and it is one of the best places to camp in the Boise National Forest. The nearby South Fork Payette River is a popular place for campers to enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, and fishing for trout. The very large Ponderosa pine trees are all over, providing excellent shade for the campsites. A gorgeous nearby nature trail will, much like Silver Creek, take you to a wonderful hot spring after just a ¼ mile away. This hot spring pool makes an amazing place for a relaxing soak at the end of the day! The campground also provides any other convenience you might need, including restroom access, grills, campfire rings, picnic tables, trash collection, and a drinking water pump. Pine Flats really has anything you might need for an ideal camping trip!
Just outside of Boise, near the city of Mountain Home, you will find the Bruneau Dunes State Park. Home to the biggest single-structured sand dune on the continent at 470 ft. high, there are many great activities to partake in whilst camping at Bruneau Dunes. Many campers and visitors enjoy climbing and skiing on the dunes, and taking a swim or going fishing in the nearby lake. At Bruneau Dunes you can also stargaze from the observatory, which is one of the only observatories available to the public in the Gem state.
A small camping spot about 25 miles from Boise is Macks Creek Park along Lucky Peak Lake. The advantage of having an overnighter in this location is that it is one of the most convenient places to participate in some of your favorite water activities like boating, jet skiing, water skiing, tubing, fishing, and of course, swimming. The facilities have a pump for drinking water as well as clean restrooms close by. If you need to grab a bite to eat, there are a couple places conveniently within 10 miles that offer that service. The campground is right along the shore of the lake, with shade provided by trees, ideal for a relaxing summer day. Also in the campground is a boat ramp for those who would like to do some boating while along the lake. If you want to spend a day or two of your summer next to the water but don’t want to travel far, Macks Creek Park is the right place to be.
These are just a few of the over 100 spectacular places to go on a camping trip in the Boise area. Take advantage of the nature that really makes the Gem state what it is. Truly anywhere you are in the state, even in a bigger city like Boise, you aren’t too far from a relaxing and adventurous getaway, and you aren’t too far from some of your favorite outdoor activities. With all of the amazing options for camping just in the Boise area, you are bound to find one to help you get your outdoor fix, whether it be boating, fishing, swimming, hunting, hiking, horseback riding or biking! The possibilities never end when you go camping in the breathtaking state of Idaho!