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Idaho’s state parks are home to a multitude of camping locations with varying landscapes, including rugged mountains, lush forests, crystal blue lakes and slow-moving rivers. With 30 state parks, there are many options to find a camping spot that meets your needs, whether it’s a developed campsite just a short drive from the city or a secluded site in the wilderness. Start your adventure at one of these state parks.

  • Heyburn State Park, the oldest park in the Northwest, is home to miles of trails for hikers, cyclists and horse riders with the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes running through the park. A water lover’s paradise, this state park touches three lakes: Chatcolet, Benewah and Hidden Lakes and offers a variety of camping accommodations including cottages, cabins and campsites.
  • Winchester Lake State Park is ideal for the avid angler looking to catch rainbow trout, perch, bluegill, bass and the ever-elusive tiger muskie. Lakeside campsites with views of Craig Mountain are available or book a deluxe yurt which comes with bicycles and canoes in the summer.
  • Plan a trip to the “Caribbean of the Rockies.” Bear Lake State Park is a popular destination for its clear blue water, sandy beach and variety of campsites—including one that hosts up to 50 visitors.

Outdoor enthusiasts and geology buffs, alike, will appreciate the activities and landscape awaiting at Castle Rocks State Park. The area is well-known for its unique rock formations and is a popular rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking destination. Overnight visitors can choose from tent camping and RVing to glamping in yurts or staying in a century-old ranch house or rustic bunkhouse.