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Camp Badger

· Idaho
1 acre
1 site
1 Caravan
Gilmore Idaho is a old silver mining town that was active between the 1880's and abandon in the 1930's after the power plant caught on fire. Gilmore is a legitimate ghost town that contains old buildings, mines, cemetery, etc. Gilmore, Idaho still has numerous old buildings and mines, there is so much to explore! Learn more about this land: Gilmore Idaho is a old silver mining town that was created in the 1880's and abandon in the 1930's after the power plant caught on fire. Gilmore is a legitimate ghost town that contains old buildings, mines, cemetery, etc. Gilmore, Idaho still has numerous old buildings, mines, and mining equipment.  There is so much to explore in Gilmore! BUT you must not enter any of the old buildings, or any private property. The campsite is primitive and contains a small dirt pad, fire pit, and a tent pad. Gilmore Idaho is roughly 130 mins away from Idaho Falls. The Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns are roughly 20 mins away, and Meadow Lake and Meadow Lake Campground are roughly 5 miles away on a dirt road (on top of the mountain).  The Meadow Lake Campground is only open for 2 months out of the year due to the snowfall (its on top of a mountain), so this campsite (Camp Badger) is a great place to camp if you can not find a spot at the campground. Camp Badger is the only campsite available within the Gilmore town site. 
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Idaho, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jon W.Joined in July 2020
12 Ratings · 9 reviews
Peter J.
April 3, 2022
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Would help if there was a sign as advertised. Perhaps there was but given the GPS coordinates I could tell which plot was which. Cool location nonetheless. Wouldn't recommend trying to get there when there's snow on the roads in town. Parked in the middle of the road in the ghost town and called it a night.
Brita G.doesn't recommend
September 7, 2021
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Wish I had read the reviews in full
This campsite was quite misleading. The site was difficult to find using the host's instructions. When we found the site, the laminated paper sign was ripped to pieces. The ground there is uneven and a poor site for leveling campers or trailers. Also, we should have read the reviews in full before making our reservation--one reviewer indicated that this site is surrounded by tiny private parcels with various encampments. With so much unmarked private property, we did not feel safe to explore the town. We also had no cell service to contact the host with our questions. We opted to leave and camp up the road in the national forest instead.
Chandel B.recommends
March 20, 2021
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Unique and remote camping space
This was a really unique, spacious, and remote campsite. My cousin and I enjoyed the quiet and solitude of the space as well as the ability to explore and walkabout. Very serene.
Alex U.recommends
January 2, 2021
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Adventure in a Ghost Town far away.
The adventure factor is definitely high in this ghost town. Very cool spot. Middle of nowhere is the best description. Closest town is about 20 miles away. Cell phone coverage is at the main road about a mile away. There were some lights in the distance so not sure how private it really is. We went there in December. Temp was -5° F. Designated site was impossible to find in the snow. Roads drop off into deep ditches. Not sure I would call it safe to drive there in the winter. But as I said, it was definitely an adventure. But be prepared.
Tiffany C.recommends
September 28, 2020
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Wow! What an awesome place to stay. This place has so much to look at, not only in the town itself, but all over the mountain as well. From the real ghost town, to mines, cemetaries, and a lake. There was so much history to explore all over the place.
Scott P.recommends
September 15, 2020
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Memorable experience for the kiddos
This was quite an adventure as part of a 10 day road trip with 2 younger kids. This will definitely be a forged memory for everyone. The town is really cool and there are lots of fragments around that are interesting. The stargazing was fantastic of course as well. Of note, there is also a beautiful reservoir about 5 miles up the road past the ghost town! Absolutely would go again if I was in the area but there are important things to know: There are lots of RV 'settlements' around the town including very close by. The closest neighbor popped out to say "hi" and was nice and pleasant. The site is basically just a patch of land with a fire pit which is fine but there is limited level areas and no bathrooms/water/etc... at all and very little 'cover'. Lastly, the directions are a bit tricky as the street signs are small and hard to read. I don't know that I would be able to find this after dark. As it was, took a few passes to orient to the landmarks but found the site after just a few wrong turns. None of us had any cell service either so you are probably on your own once you get there to figure it out. You will know once you have found it by the posts with "camp badger' printed on them. That being said, Jon was super responsive, accommodating and friendly both ahead of and after the reservation. If you are in this area, it certainly makes for quite the cool and memorable experience!
Sparkey L.recommends
August 23, 2020
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Jon was very timely with his directions and communication. The area was historic and lots of area to find relics of this old mining town. The camp itself was simple but that's what I needed! Thanks Jon!
Brian M.recommends
August 16, 2020
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Cool place! Know where you are going! There are residents there, so not 100% private. Jon is cool and responsive as host.
Matthew M.recommends
August 7, 2020
Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town
Great little spot in a beautiful area. Can’t wait to return!
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