Box Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open
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Box Canyon CG

The Box Canyon Campground is situated on the canyon rim above the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.  There are 16 single and 2 double units, each having tent and camper pads, fire rings, grills and picnic tables. Two of the single campsites are pull throughs. Campsites near the canyon rim are shaded by lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir. There are 2 vault toilets, water hydrants, and a bear-proof dumpster.  The area is wheelchair accessible. This campground has several short trails that leave the Box Canyon Trail to access the Henry's Fork.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open for the season.
Operational Hours: The campground is open from late May until September.
Reservations: Box Canyon is not on the reservation system and sites are available on a first come - first serve basis.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Single Family Campsites       $15.00/day use or overnight
Double Campsites                $30.00/dayuse or overnight
Second Vehicle Charge        $ 7.00/car
IA Senior Pass - single site   $ 7.50/dayuse or overnight
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Ashton, ID is 27 miles to the south of the Box Canyon Campground.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


The Box Canyon Campground is located 28 miles south of West Yellowstone, MT or 75 miles north of Idaho Falls, ID.  The entry way to the Campground is on the west side of Highway 20, one mile south of the Island Park Ranger Station.

General Notes:

The Henry's Fork of the Snake River runs just to the west of the campground.  The Box Canyon area is renowned for the large rainbow trout that inhabit its waters.  Artificial lures and flies with a single barbless hook can be used while fishing this "catch and release" segment of the river.

The Box Canyon stretch of river is also a favorite for rafting and canoeing.  Although not a "whitewater" stretch, Box Canyon does offer some challenge.  It does have "Class Two" rapids and should not be attempted by inexperienced canoeist.  To launch your canoes or rafts, take the road just north of Pond's Lodge (Island Park Dam Road) and follow the signs to the launch area.  The average float from the boat launch to Last Chance takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

There is an easy hiking trail of three miles in length that takes off from the Box Canyon Campground and follows along the rim of the canyon.  This trail provides a scenic view for photographers and outdoorsman.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 17
Fire Information yes
Sleeping Shelter no

RV Camping

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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Fee charged for some activities
Toilets 2
Drinking water
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