Learn about camping and boondocking in Idaho

IDAPA 39.03.50, Rules Governing Safety Rest Areas

This is the full set of rules adopted by the Idaho Department of Transportation regarding the public use of its highway rest areas. Most persons will be interested in Section 300 "Occupancy of Developed Rest Areas"

Idaho Camping Laws and Regulations

All the laws and regulations within the State of Idaho that pertain to camping, campfires, and other activities associated with camping, including overnight parking...

Portneuf Lower Sportsmens Access

Portneuf Lower Campground, Lava Hot Springs, ID Portneuf Lower is probably is the best kept secret with respect to free camping in Lava Hot Springs. Well, at least it was. While RV parks in town cost as much as $100.00 a night, and still get sold out during weekends in Summer, Portneuf Lower often has several places where RVers can boondock, and only be two miles away from town. The campground is located right on the Portneuf River. You can literally camp right on the banks, and hear the sounds of gentle waterfalls pouring over travertine slabs. Instead of waking up ... Read more

Idaho Rest Area Map

Locations depicted on this Idaho rest area map were gathered from the Idaho Department of Transportation. These are all of the state's official rest areas. Click on each map marker for additional details...

A Guide to Boondocking in Idaho

Boondocking in Idaho! Boondocking in Idaho is becoming more popular due to campers seeking free campsites further away from high traffic states like Colorado, Utah and California. The Gem State is loaded with public lands thanks to several national forests, BLM lands, and a very generous state trust land policy. Idaho also offers the best boondocking choices close to Yellowstone National Park. Idaho Boondocking Map This Idaho Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews… [AK] [AL] [AR] [AZ] [CA] [CO] ... Read more

Idaho Rest Area Rules

Is overnight parking allowed at Idaho Rest Areas? Can you sleep in your car at an Idaho Rest Area? How many hours can you stay at an Idaho Rest Area? Is camping permitted at Idaho Rest Areas?

Camping on Idaho Endowment Lands

The State of Idaho allows camping on all Idaho Endowment Lands, as long as the land is not currently leased to other organizations, or is not closed off to the public. Idaho owns roughly 2.4 million acres of state trust land. About 70%...