Camping Near Idaho’s Terrific Shoshone Falls

July 19, 2010
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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Idaho, the first thing that comes to mind is potatos. Imagine my surprise when, recently, a reader tipped me off to some excellent camp grounds around the state – and not a potato in sight

Idaho, in the Pacific Northwest, is something of a mystery to those who’ve never been there, but it has a rugged, unspoiled landscape great for backcountry camping, and some unexpected natural features. For example, Shoshone Falls, on the powerful Snake River, is actually 36 feet taller than world-famous Niagara!

Top Tent Camping and RV Campground Selections Near Shoshone

Though the Falls are actually located within the town of Twin Falls, many camping opportunities convenient to them are to be found in the area of Stanley, Idaho.

Twin Falls KOA: Though the city of Twin Falls operates facilities for viewing Shoshone Falls, which is best seen just as the winter snow melts, if you want to tent or enjoy RV camp grounds you’ll have to lodge at nearby sites instead. Open from March 1 to October 31, the Twin Falls KOA is central to awesome attractions for hardcore campers, casual tourists, and the whole family. Offering the kind of full-featured and friendly experience KOA camp grounds are known for, it particularly prides itself on the “room service”-type delivery of dinner each night, on request.

Anderson Camp: Anderson’s camp grounds in the aptly named Eden, Ohio caters to tent camping, RVs, and cabin fans. Anderson features grassy, shaded lots, along with a full-service cafe, convenience store, laundry, fuel, and even basic business services. There are two pools, and 18 holes of miniature golf, with a playground, game room, and volleyball available. During the season, you can even pick your own fruit at your campsite!

Sawtooth National Forest: Sawtooth National Forest covers more than two million acres of remote wooded land, encompassing a thousand-plus lakes and over three thousand miles of watercourse. With so much area to cover, you can expect developed and primitive sites of every kind dispersed around the area, and there’s also ample space for group camping. Popular recreation activities including bicycling, climbing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting.

More on camping and visiting the area is available from the official Stanley, Idaho website, calling it “a playground for all seasons.” Also take a look at Idaho’s Scenic Byways, a government-supported site, for maps and information on Snake River and points of interest along its 67-mile course. Popular guided tours bring visitors to the Falls close enough to feel the spray. Finally, for a convenient option on a pristine lake, try the cabins at Redfish Lake Lodge. They’ll help you get reservations and have a great time at any of the area’s natural sites.

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