Upper Penstemon Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Trees, dirt road, boulders on side of road

Upper Penstemon Campground is located at the base of Magic Mountain Ski Area. This is a fee campground composed of 8 individual units and 1 group unit. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance and reservations are recommended. This area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June and September. Sites are handicapped accessible and campground amenities include a baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, and handicapped accessible toilets. The campground is well suited for motor homes, trailers, and tent camping. This area is popular in summer for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching. There is a hiking trail at Elk Butte Spring that heads south to the Pike Mountain view point. Winter sports are popular from December to March and five cross-country ski trails that vary in length from 1.2 to 8.1 miles are located nearby. Three of these trails are groomed regularly. There are 55 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and another 350 miles of ungroomed marked routes. Magic Mountain Ski Resort boasts three lifts, accessing 14 runs. A large shelter and heated restrooms near the Diamondfield Jack parking area warms winter visitors. No water is available at this site.

At a Glance

Fees  FEE SITE- $8.00/night
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:   Occupancy: The following act is prohibited within the Minidoka Ranger District: Pursuant to 36 CFR 262.58 (a), camping in any area including a developed recreation site or an undeveloped/dispersed recreation site for more than 14 (fourteen) days in a 28 (twenty-eight) day period.  A camper or a group of persons camping together must move off of National Forest lands within the Minidoka Ranger District for a minimum of 14 days after camping for 14 days.  Campers who remain longer than 14 consecutive days and/or camp more than 14 days within a 28 day period may receive violation notices and fines under the authority described under Special Order Number: 0414-01-028. For more information contact the Minidoka Ranger District Office in Burley, ID 208-678-0430. No Horses are allowed in the campground.  Limit 2 vehicles (autos) per site.  Vehicles must be parked on gravel spurs provided.  Do not park on the travelway/road; do not block traffic.
Closest Towns: 27.2 miles south of Hansen, ID
Water: Drinking Water
Operated By: Minidoka Ranger District. This campground is not part of NRRS. Call 1-208-678-0439 for more informa

General Information

Directions: Upper Penstemon Campground is located 27.2 miles south of Hansen, ID.

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