Bear Valley Campground


Bear Valley Campground


Bear Valley Campground is located along Bear Valley Creek which is one of the major headwater streams for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The campground is well shaded by a stand of lodgepole pine. However, many of the trees in the area are beginning to die due to a mountain pine beetle infestation.

Use is moderate to high during the summer months and hunting season, and the campground is often full on weekends.

Access to the campground is normally not available until June.

There is no trash service, please pack it out!!! (Driveway lengths for RVs are limited. However, two sites will easily accommodate larger RV's and trailers.)

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - September
Reservations: No reservtions are necessary.  This campground is first come, first serve.
Fees This is no fee campground.  10 sites / No fees.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Stanley, Idaho
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho approximately 38 miles.

At Banks, turn right (east) onto State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) and travel to Lowman, Idaho  approximately 31 miles.

At Lowman, turn left at the intersection of State Highway 17 and State Highway 21.  Proceed northeast towards Stanley, Idaho along State Highway 21 approximately 40 miles.

Along the route, you will travel past Banner Summit, Bull Trout Campground and eventually arrive at the Forest Service (FS) Road 579 turnoff. 

Turn (west) onto FS Road 579 at Banner Creek/Cape Horn Summit.  There is a big parking area and an information board.

Travel along FS Road 579 through Bear Valley.  The campground is a short distance from the rest stop at Bruce Meadows.

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