Camping/Picnicking

Find the perfect camping or picnicking spot for you and your group. There are countless places to choose from in our unique and beautiful forests. Visit the forest webpages or Recreation.gov for more information. Please check before you go on any fire restrictions that may be in effect in the area you are wishing to visit.

Developed Campgrounds

Photo of a trailer in a developed campsite at the Upper Payette Lake Campground.Developed campgrounds provide a higher level of amenities with fees based on the facilities provided. A majority of the fees collected are used to maintain and improve these campgrounds. Several of these types of sites are reservable through Recreation.gov.  There are many other developed sites that are “first come first serve” basis.  Developed campgrounds have some combination of these amenities:

  • Flush or vault toilet
  • Picnic tables
  • Potable water
  • Trash collection
  • Tent or trailer space
  • Access roads
  • Campfire ring or grill
  • Fee collection
  • Visitor protection services (e.g. security patrols)

Some developed campgrounds have additional amenities such as:

  • Showers
  • Electricity
  • RV hook-ups

Dispersed Camping

Throughout the Intermountain Region, camping is allowed in many undeveloped sites. Camping is free in these more remote areas as long as you select a site outside a developed campground. The dispersed camping limit in one spot is 16 days. These spots generally have no amenities.

Please check with the local Forest Service Office for the areas that are open to dispersed camping and the current fire or camping regulations for those areas.

Please follow all visitor rules and practice good safety when visiting the National Forests.



Camping Safety Tips

Never keep food in your tent. This good practice will help keep you safe from animals that may smell the scent of food or candy that is in your tent.


Photo of a firefighter breaking a stick in half to add to a campfire in a developed pit.

Video: How to Start and Put Out a Campfire Link opens in a new window

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5381480