Choose from the following to find a site:
There are over 70 campgrounds on the Boise National Forest. Some campgrounds are more developed than others with a range of paved roads, pressurized water systems, and more modern restrooms. Others are more primitive with dirt or gravel roads, hand pumped water or no water. Fees vary based on services provided. Many campgrounds and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.
RV or trailer limitations may apply based on size and available sites. Check with www.recreation.gov for specific facilities available at each campground that are under the reservation system or on the Boise web page for non-reservation campground facilities.
Check "Find an Area" and then the District recreation page for updates regarding fall campground closure dates.
Dispersed Camping Guidelines
Within the national forests, the majority of land is open for “dispersed camping”, outside of developed campgrounds. These locations are usually wide spots off of forest roads, with no facilities provided, such as water, bathrooms or tables.
Many people enjoy the solitude of camping away from developed campgrounds. Follow these guidelines to ensure that these areas can be enjoyed safely by you, and future generations.
- Choose sites that are already established
- Look up before choosing your site. Don’t camp under or near dead trees!
- Camp at least 100 feet away from water sources
- Use existing fire rings or camp stoves (but check current fire restrictions before you go).
- Dispose of human and pet waste properly (away from water and in a 6” or deeper hole).
- Do not carve into trees! This can eventually kill them.
- Down and dead firewood may be collected for use at your campsite, but collecting more than one-fourth cord to remove from the forest requires a fuelwood permit.
- Make sure your campfire is COMPLETELY extinguished when you leave. Use several gallons of water, stir, and repeat until ashes are cool to the touch.
- The maximum number of days stay, distance you can drive off-road (generally 150’) and other dispersed camping regulations varies by District. Be sure to contact the District Ranger Station you plan to camp in before you head out.
- Always use the pack-in/pack-out method for the disposal of litter.
- Pets are welcome in most areas but must be kept leashed at all times.
- Always practice "Leave No Trace" Outdoor Ethics.
- Dispose of all garbage, including any paper, cans, sewage, waste water or rubbish either by removal from the area, or by depositing it into receptacles provided for such purposes. Failure to do so can result in a fine.