Dispersed Camping

You may camp outside of developed campgrounds in most areas on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, up to 300 feet from an open road, at no charge. Potable water, toilets, and other amenities are not generally available. If you choose to camp outside developed areas, be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify any water source before drinking.


Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District area description
  • Basin - Valley Cr. Area area description
  • Basin Creek Transfer Camp Trailhead
  • Bayhorse - Squaw Creek Area area description
  • Challis Area area description
  • Twin Peaks Campsite
  • East Fork Area area description
  • Pahsimeroi Area area description
  • Yankee Fork Drainage area description
  • Jerry's Creek Campsite
  • Leadore Ranger District area description
  • Bear Valley Trailhead - Upper Campground
  • Middle Fork Ranger District area description
  • Boundary, Dagger & Upper Middle Fork Salmon (MF4) area description
  • Cape Horn, Seafoam, Beaver Creek Area (MF3) area description
  • Loon Creek Area (MF2) area description
  • Mahoney Springs Campground
  • Middle Fork Transfer Camp & Trailhead
  • Sleeping Deer Area (MF1) area description
  • West Side Area (Pistol, Indian, Marble) (MF5) area description
  • Butcher Knife Ridge Trail - #6110
Areas & Activities