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Published online: Apr 12, 2021 Articles, East Idaho Outdoors Rebecca Dement
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As Idaho thaws into spring, more opportunities to get out and play are opening up! Take a weekend off or plan your summer early with these scenic camping locations throughout Eastern Idaho. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

City of Rocks

This spot may be a little out of the way, but the unique views and climbs are well worth it. Huge granite pinnacles and monoliths shape the landscape of this beautiful region, perfect for hikes and selfies.

Island Park

For riverside views like nowhere else, take a drive north along the Snake River to Island Park. Although fishing is restricted in some areas, there are still many locations to view local wildlife, including natural pools that are home to huge trout. 

Malad Summit

Taking a trip south? Consider stopping at Malad Summit where you can enjoy a range of activities from horseback riding to fishing. The campground is open year-round and includes fire pits so you can get out there without waiting for Idaho to warm up.

Palisades Creek

This is a great campground for families with children. The nearby creek and trail offer plenty of play areas for the little ones. Want to mix a little road trip into your adventure? Jackson Hole, Wyoming is only an hour away from the site, making it the perfect day trip during your stay at Palisades.

Phi Kappa Campground

If you’re really looking to get out of town, give Phi Kappa in Mackay a try. This beautiful site is surrounded by mountains and plays host to all kinds of activities from biking to hunting, so you can adventure how you like.

Scout Mountain Campground

High atop the Bannock Mountain Range sits Scout Mountain, a popular campsite known in particular for its excellent wildlife watching opportunities. The site is only open during the May–October season so be sure to plan ahead and call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.

St. Anthony Sand Dunes

If you haven’t been to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes just north of Rexburg then you’re missing an offroading opportunity of a lifetime. Towering hills of sand cover what once were active volcanic vents in this unique slice of Idaho. Bring along an all-terrain vehicle for the ultimate camp-and-play weekend.

Twin Bridges

Looking for a local trip? Just half an hour from Idaho Falls is the Twin Bridges Park. This park has a little of everything, including a children’s playground and a boat dock for access to the Snake River. 

Visit for more locations throughout Idaho and information about camping rules and reservations.

Before you head out of town, don’t forget to stop by one of these outdoor stores for all your camping adventure needs.

Big 5

1851 S 25th E, Ammon



3693 S 25th E, Ammon


C-A-L Ranch

1027 S 25th E, Ammon


Idaho Mountain Trading

474 Shoup Ave, Idaho Falls


Sportsman’s Warehouse

2909 S 25th E, Idaho Falls


Al's Sporting Goods

2395 E 17th St, Idaho Falls


Camping Checklist

Don’t let forgotten gear put a hitch in your plans! Use our quick list to make sure you’ve packed everything you need for your trip.

  • Tent

  • Sleeping Bags and Air Mattresses

  • Flashlights

  • Firewood

  • Portable Chargers

  • Food and Water

  • Trashbags

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Warm Clothes

  • Insect Repellant

  • Sunscreen

  • First-Aid Kit


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