Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Rec area marker Father and Sons Campground

Father and Sons Campground and Picnic Area is a developed campground located near Cottonwood Ridge. The campground is composed of 12 individual units and 1 group units that can accommodate a total of 100 people. The campground is suitable for trailer and tent camping. This area is accessible for a season that varies usually between June and September. Campground amenities include toilets. The area is attractive for exploration on an ATV or a mountain bike. Fishing opportunities can be found nearby at Big Cottonwood Creek.

Rec area marker Federal Gulch Campground

Federal Gulch Campground is a non-fee, non-reservation campground located on the East Fork of the Wood River. The campground is composed of 3 campsites on the East Fork of the Wood River. This area is generally accessible May through October. Campground amenities include toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. The Federal Gulch Trailhead is located at the campsite and trout fishing is available in the Wood River.

Rec area marker Lower Penstemon Campground

Lower Penstemon Campground is located 27 miles south of Hansen, ID on Rock Creek Road/County Rd. G3. The campground is located next to the Fourth Fork of Rock Creek (the main fork).  There are 7 single family/individual sites in the campground.  Camping fees are $8.00 per night.  Sites can be reserved through  Individual sites reserved through will be posted.  Sites that are not reserved are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  Be sure a site is not reserved before you occupy.  First-come first-serve customers must pay within 1/2 hour of occupying the campsite. 

Some sites are ADA accessible.  Lower Penstemon is generally open from late May through October. Picnic tables, fire-rings, and 2 double vault toilets are available.   The campground is well suited for medium sized motor homes, trailers and tent camping. This area is popular in summer for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching.  OHV vehicles can be use to enter or exit the campground.  Recreational riding within the campground is not permitted.  Many miles of ATV/ORV trails can be accessed to the south.  Consult the MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) for roads and trails open to your type of ORV (ATV, Motorcycle, etc.) No water is available at this site.

Rec area marker Pioneer Campground

Pioneer Campground, which is situated next to Soldier Mountain Ski Area, is a developed campground composed of 5 units on Soldier Creek. The campground can be reserved in its entirety for groups of up to 50 people. The amphitheater and adjacent picnic area can be used for group events. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water and a restroom. The South Fork and North Fork of Soldier Creek trails begin along  Forest Road 093 and join a major network of trails in the Soldier Mountains.

Rec area marker Sawmill Campground

Sawmill Campground has 3 small, tight campsites; each with a fire ring and a picnic table.  Sites to pitch a tent are small and limited by aspen within the campground.  Parking is limited.  Large RVs and  trailers are not recommended.  A single-unit, ADA-accessible SST vault toilet is found at the campground.  Individual campsites are not considered ADA-accessible.  An excellent site for a small picnic near a creek.  Aspen trees shade the campsites.

Rec area marker Upper Penstemon Campground

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.

Rec area marker Diamondfield Jack Campground

Diamondfield Jack Campground and Picnic Area is located at the end of a paved road in Rock Creek. The campground is suitable for motor homes, trailers, and tent camping. This area is accessible year around. Campground amenities include drinking water, wheelchair accessible toilets, picnic tables, warming shelter, parking area, and fire rings. It is a winter play area from December through March. Pike Mountain and Eagle Trails (#239 and #243) are easy multi-use trails nearby.

Rec area marker Cassia Division

The Cassia Division is a short 40 minute drive south of Twin Falls and is known to local residents as the "South Hills." The division's proximity to Twin Falls makes this area appealing to residents of the Magic Valley. The Cassia Mountain Range rises to a top elevation of 8,400 ft. and these scenic mountains are covered by a variety of rangeland and forest vegetative types. Mixed stands of subalpine fir, lodgepole pine and aspen are interspersed among rolling grasslands. Visitors come to this area to relax, picnic, hike, horseback ride or ride mountain bikes on the many miles of trails that traverse these gentle mountains. The division has 12 developed campgrounds with a total of (#?) camping units, many of which are free of charge. There is 1 picnic area with 10 sites, including the Harrington Fork Picnic Area which has paved walkways accessible for wheelchairs and walking aids. The Cassia Division is popular with deer hunters and Big Cottonwood Creek and Goose Creek are streams with good trout fishing. Winter sports are popular activities. Magic Mountain Ski Resort offers hours of enjoyable skiing with challenging terrain and good snow. The resort has two double chair lifts, one poma(?), one rope tow and 20 runs. The resort is only lightly wooded and is a popular destination for cross-country skiers. Off the head of Rock Creek are 4 cross-country ski trails ranging in length from 1.2 to 8.1 miles. Three of these trails are groomed regularly. There are 30 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and another (#?) miles of ungrommed, marked routes.

Rec area marker Fairfield Ranger District

The Fairfield Ranger District, established in 1906 with consolidation of the Shake Creek and Fairfield Ranger Districts in 1972, encompasses 420,720 acres of Forest system administered lands and contains over 680 miles of streams and more than 20 high mountain lakes. There are many mountains on the District over 9,000 ft. in elevation, with four peaks--Baker Peak, Big Peak, Two Point Mountain, and Smoky Dome that are over 10,000 ft. high in elevation. The South Fork of the Boise River, Little Smoky Creek and Big Smoky Creek are the major river drainages. Fairfield offers seemingly endless opportunities for the backpacker, hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and off-road vehicle user. There are 440 miles of inventoried trails on the District, many of which top out in mountain lakes or circque basins. Snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and snowboarding are some of the more popular winter activities on the District. There are about 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails available north of Fairfield.  Nordic skiing opportunities may be found in the backcountry through helicopter and cat ski guided trips into more remote areas. Visitors will find numerous hot springs on the District, accessable in the summer, including Worswick, Skillern, Willow Creek, Pries, and Baumgartner. Fairfield boasts (12) campgrounds. Baumgartner Campground is fully accessible to visitors using wheelchairs and includes paved camping sites. The campground also boasts a hot pool for soaking, a children's play area and a 1/4 mile interpretive trail.

Rec area marker Ketchum Ranger District

The Ketchum Ranger District is located in the northwest portion of the Sawtooth National Forest. The District covers 321,544 acres of mountains and hills filled with sage, aspen, pine and fir. Five hundred miles of streams course through the District and the major river drainage is the Big Wood River whose headwaters are located north of Ketchum on Galena Summit. In addition to these waterways, there are over 90 lakes located on the Ketchum District. The highest point of elevation of the Sawtooth National Forest, Hyndman Peak at 12,009 ft. elevation, is found on the District in the Boulder Mountain Range. Bald Mountain, one of the country's best-loved ski areas, is located in the Ketchum District. Recreation is the most popular activity on the Distict and opportunities are numerous for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and scenic driving. The roads and trails range from those suitable for novices to high country trails suitable only for experienced outdoor recreationists. The Pioneer Cabin and the Lakes Trails are good examples of the popular day hikes available on the District. Mountain bike riding is also a popular activity and a rider can cover 25 to 30 miles on a trip through beautiful mountain scenery in one day. The Ketchum Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for motorcycle trail riding and numerous roads and trails provide access to spectacular scenery, excellent fishing, and remote campsites. There are a number of drives in the Ketchum District that provide visitors with a chance to see some beautiful country without the investment of time and energy assocated with walking, biking, or horseback riding. The drive over Trail Creek Summit stretches from Sun Valley, over the Pioneer Mountains and into the Lost River drainage to Mackay, Idaho. Dollarhide Road, which follows the Warm Springs drainage over Dollarhide Summit, runs southwest from the town of Ketchum, past Bald Mountain and on into the Smokey Mountains.