Desert camping in Idaho

Find otherworldy features like Craters of the Moon National Monument among top-to-bottom mountain ranges throughout Idaho.

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Kraay's Market & Garden

4 sites · RVs, Tents16 acres · Bellevue, ID
The property has so much history. Larry purchased the 16 acres in 1978 as nothing but a field. His dream was to raise Arabian Horses, so that is what the property was set up to do and he did just that, very successfully. We did convert a few acres into a Market Garden a few years ago and started Kraay's Market Garden, you can find us online. We love sharing our place, the Tipi and Tipi yard are an extra special place. We would love to share our place with you!
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Mountain Top Getaways

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres · Preston, ID
My Grandfather owned this property for many years. He dry farmed this land and raised nine children to be hardworking. I visited this property many times to work along side my father and grandfather. I remember horseback riding and building a shed for my grandfathers combine. I recently purchased this property from my grandparents and got to work building my tiny home that my new family lives in. Learn more about this land: **New hammock posts on site #4** These campsites are at the mouth of Cub River Canyon. The views are expansive and beautiful. National forest is only a few minute drive away along with a handful of reservoirs and river access. Come enjoy the views. These are primitive campsites with no potable water. There are antique farm implements visible on the property.
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On6Acres

3 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Buhl, ID
This is a private piece of property located just a few minutes from the 1000 Springs area known for its crystal clear waters and natural hot springs. Come play in the area and camp on your own private acreage at night. We have 3 designated tent/truck or car campsites at the moment. We will be developing a few RV slips soon and geothermal pools so please watch for that in the future! Learn more about this land: Hagerman / Buhl / 1000 Springs Area. Tired of large commercial campgrounds? We understand. Camp with privacy and space. On6acres is a lost piece of private ground in the Snake River Canyon only 10 minutes from boat launches and hot spring baths in the Thousand Springs area. A 6.5 acre sloping desert with canyon views, ponds, native plants and trees. Including turkeys, deer, eagles, hawks, fish, rabbits, lizards, otters, and many other wild animals. **This is a natural, untouched, raw property. ******Please set your expectations correctly. Right now the experience is much closer to actual camping experience rather than a commercial campground but with the benefit of only being 10 minutes from the river in one direction and 10 minutes from town in the other direction. Come stargaze with very little light pollution and enjoy the quiet nature around. There are no amenities other than 3 designated/private spaces to pitch a tent or pick-up/van campers and a professionally maintained outhouse. Respect the property, and the wildlife and ecosystem it supports. We are happy to share the space while we continue to grow and develop this awesome piece of ground. ********For everyone's safety and to respect our neighbors quiet hours & privacy that surround the property there will be no check in's after 9PM**********
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Sandhill View Ranch Campsites ⛺️

3 sites · Lodging, Tents30 acres · Notus, ID
Nestled in the rolling hills of southwestern Idaho, this high desert campsite offers a breathtaking view of the Treasure Valley. The valley stretches out before you, with its patchwork of green fields, winding rivers, and bustling towns and cities. In the distance, you can see the rugged peaks of the Owyhee Mountains rising up against the blue sky. The campsite itself is situated on a gravel and dirt leveled site for you to pitch your tent on a level spot, with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. As the sun sets, you settle into your camping chair, watching the stars come out one by one. The cool night air is alive with the sounds of crickets and frogs, and you can't help but feel a sense of peace and tranquility. at the slowly come alive with the twinkling lights of the towns and cities. You know that you've found a special place here. In the morning, you wake up to a chorus of birdsong.From here, you can see for miles, and you feel a sense of awe where the beauty of nature and the peace of the countryside come together to create a truly unforgettable camping experience. vastness and beauty of the Idaho countryside.
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The Bullock Ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Murphy, ID
Welcome to The Bullock Ranch. We are a 5 acre ranch with amazing views of The Owyhee Mountains. If you are looking for a quiet stay with beautiful mountain scenery and the best stargazing nights BOOK WITH US AND ENJOY YOUR STAY! Pets are welcome, and we love that so many of you bring then camping with you, but we have a strict policy that they must be kept on a leash at all times. Not all pets have seen or are comfortable around the horses, donkeys and chickens so we need to keep the animals that live on the ranch safe as well as keep your pet safe while being around them. The FIRE BAN is on, as our area is starting to dry out and cannot risk any fires. Propane fire pits are allowed. NO ATV'S OR DIRT BIKES ALLOWED at our Hipcamp. Learn more about this land: Welcome to Our Ranch! If you are looking for a quiet stay with beautiful mountain scenery and the best stargazing nights BOOK WITH US AND ENJOY YOUR STAY!  Pets are welcome, and we love that so many of you bring then camping with you, but we have a strict policy that they must be kept on a leash at all times. Not all pets have seen or are comfortable around the horses, donkeys and chickens so we need to keep the animals that live on the ranch safe as well as keep your pet safe while being around them. NO ATV'S OR DIRT BIKES ALLOWED at our Hipcamp. PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW AS IT WILL HAVE ANSWERS TO A LOT OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURES AND TAKE A LOOK AS THEY WILL HAVE PICTURES OF EACH CAMPSITE. Welcome to The Bullock Ranch in the heart of The Owyhee Canyonlands, we look forward to meeting you. We are a small 5 acre ranch located off Hwy 78 (45 mins from Downtown Boise) with many outdoor recreational activities nearby. We have 2 dogs named Breezy and Cinder who will greet you upon arrival and we have three horses named Clyde, Grease and Partner. Sancho is our wonderful friendly miniature donkey who will be begging for scratches and lots of attention. We also have free range chickens. We hope you book with us and enjoy your stay!! Here are some nearby attractions: Wilson Creek Trail Head for mountain biking and hiking, ATV access right from the campsites, Givens Hot Springs and CJ Strike Reservoir just a few minutes away. Spend a day up in Silver City and enjoy the old mining history, ATV access. The Owyhee County Historical Museum is 2 miles down the road and is amazing depository of history, a must see. Mountain View Motor Rentals in Murphy has ATV rentals available to enjoy. Take a short drive and try to catch a glimpse of the wild mustang herd nearby. Campsite Descriptions: We are only offering 2 sites at this time. We have a level tent site and a RV site with 30 amp electrical hook up. We do charge $5.00 a day for electrical hookup.  Round about drive way for easy access of trailers. Campfires will be allowed except in the case of a burn ban. We will have 1 open fire pit at site #1  and 1 covered fire pit available for use at site #2. Please bring your own firewood. Refunds: We will set the refund policy for 100% up to 3 days prior to check in. Please do a check on the weather outlook at least 3 days before you arrive to see if the weather will be nice for at least part of your stay. If you cancel within 3 days before your arrival, I am sorry but the system won't provide a refund. If you need to cancel, please cancel at least 3 days prior to your arrival
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Sweet Pepper Ranch's Glamping Tent

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Nampa, ID
Sweet Pepper Ranch is a horse ranch nestled between a town and country. We raise mustangs and Quarter Horses and teach the Western discipline of ranch riding. We manage our land in an eco-friendly horse manner--composting/manure management, non-toxic pest control, pasture management with rotational grazing, drought-tolerant native landscaping, mud and dust control, wildlife enhancement, equine enrichment--and more! We also offer farm tours, RV/LQ parking, and horse motel accommodations. Guests are invited to enjoy our solar heated pool, outdoor patios, wireless internet, evening bon fires (weather and time-permitting), horse farm tours (by appointment only, separate fee) and our friendly ranch atmosphere. Coffee and fresh, local bakery pastry included for breakfast, brought warm to your tent at about 7am. Learn more about this land: Sweet Pepper Ranch is a small-scale horse ranch in the high desert of southwestern Idaho. We are nestled in a rural agricultural setting yet close to stores and conveniences. We raise and train horses and work all day to exercise and train our horses as well as run the day-to-day aspects of running a large horse property. Our equestrian facilities include individual paddocks with attached runs (12’ x 52’), automatic waterers, feeders, rubber stall mats, a 200' x 300' outdoor sand arena, a 72’ x 120’ indoor arena, two round pens (one large), numerous trail obstacles, large-scale permanent outdoor obstacles, an outdoor washrack, as well as parking, port-a-potty, arena bleachers, and picnic table areas. Nearby activities abound from visiting rodeos and wineries to trail riding at sunset near waterfalls or hiking painted desert canyons. There are wildlife refuges to visit, hot springs to relax in, wilderness mountains to explore, scenic rivers to raft, railways to travel along--and North America’s largest concentration of breeding raptors to dazzle you. Learn more and see photos at the Sweet Pepper Ranch website or like us on Facebook at Sweet Pepper Ranch. See you down the road!
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Idaho's Best Kept Secret!

3 sites · RVs2 acres · Mackay, ID
One of Idaho's most iconic peaks, often compared to the Matterhorn, will transfix you in a picture-perfect view from this campsite. On a clear night, its rosy glow is the only thing you will see just before darkness. As the night darkens further you'll be dazzled by the brightest stars against the darkest of dark skies you will ever experience. Then you'll fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the Lost River gliding by. In the early morning be on the lookout for the resident moose and her calf (Watch, but don't approach!!) or any of the many deer that ramble by. Then drop a fishing line into the river, just a few steps away, and catch yourself a trout or two for your breakfast. After breakfast, get out your binoculars, cameras, and maps (you did bring them, didn't you?) and choose your day's adventure, whether it be a challenging hike up a mountain trail, a leisurely stroll to a delightful waterfall, a 20-mile trip to world-famous Sun Valley via the stunning Trail Creek Summit, or exploring the largest designated wilderness in the lower 48 states. which is, literally, just on the other side of the fence! The road you enter the property from will also get you 20 miles deep into that wilderness along a broad river valley where you may see elk, moose, wolves, coyotes, foxes, beavers, deer, antelope, mountain goats, big horn sheep, black bears, and much more all thriving in natural abundance. Mountain lions are absent in this area, fortunately, but can be found in narrow, steep-sided canyons in other drainages nearby, if you dare.
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Pasture Oasis, Tent & RV Camping 🏔

10 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Shoshone, ID
Learn more about this land:Welcome to our pasture oasis!  Our property is 4 miles down the road from BLM, where you are able to do any outdoor activities you desire. Personally, I love to ride horses and hike there. You may be greeted by horses or dogs on our property, and it's quite possible that you will hear coyotes at night (light sleepers take this into account).  If you are a horse or dog lover, you are able to interact with our animals on the property! I am on the property, as well, for any questions/issues/concerns. There is a runoff river that runs through the property but rarely has water. We like to use it for campfires instead! Please reach out with questions and we look forward to your visit!
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The Meadow

5 sites · Lodging3 acres · Carmen, ID
Welcome to the Weaver's Meadow. We have lived on this property for the past 31 years and it is the very spot where a blind date led to an engagement which let to a beautiful love story and 3 wonderful children. Now, we hope you too can come and enjoy the utterly breathtaking beauty of our secluded, creekside paradise. Nestled among the aspen trees you will find a one room cabin complete with bed, table and chairs, wood cookstove and all the amenities you will need to truly relax with the comfort of a cozy cabin to forget the outside world.
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Roots and Grow Farm

3 sites · Lodging, Tents90 acres · Newdale, ID
Roots and Grow is located on a beautiful operational farm with the majestic backdrop of the Teton Mountain range. The farm consists of rolling green irrigated pasture with seasonally grazing cattle and pivot irrigated farm ground. At the center of the farm is a family home with a market garden selling fresh grown produce and raising laying hens with fresh eggs. All produce is grown with loving care to be nutritionally dense and free from any chemical sprays. Farm Fresh eggs are available on the property. Roots and Grow is centrally located to St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Targhee ski resort, and Grand Teton National Park. This beautiful area is also well known for world class fly fishing and many outdoor activities! Come visit us and see for yourself the majestic beauty of Southeast Idaho, the Teton Valley and local National Parks!
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At Last Ranch

4 sites · RVs7 acres · Payette, ID
Purchased land in 2019, completing construction of home, shop, and AG buildings in 2021. We call it At Last Ranch because we danced to Etta James’s At Last at our wedding. 20 years and still newlyweds! The place is comfortable and a good base camp if you want to explore the area or just need a place for a night or two. Family home with horses, chickens, and other animals. Must love dogs to stay here. Both sites with electricity and close to water to fill tanks or connect. Site#1 50 amp service on concrete pad Site#2 30 amp service on gravel pad Both sites are next to the residence. Sites 3 and 4 are for dry camping, your rig must be self-contained. The ground is NOT level. Sites 3 and 4 are only $20 per night. House newly built not much landscaping other than natural high desert terrain. Close to Shopping. Close to hunting, lake, and other recreational activities. No sewer services are available on site. Pets okay Room for horses if needed. Call to discuss. Not available for long-term stays. 44°02'15"N 116°51'33"W · 2,182 ft
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A Little Bit Wilder

2 sites · RVs, Tents24 acres · Wilder, ID
25 acres in the agricultural region of canyon county. Our space has easy access for large RVs, and we can accommodate dogs and horses and ATVs. We are close to wine country, hiking, shopping, fishing, and general enjoyment of our beautiful state. we have horses of our own and hey our field three times a year. We also live next-door to happy Valley orchards, which is a very fun walk to take around the cherry trees and enjoy the sunsets.
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Desert camping in Idaho guide

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Welcome to Hipcamp, your go-to resource for camping in the United States! If you're looking to explore the desert terrain of Idaho, we've got you covered with over 69 options specifically tailored to your preference. Whether you're a seasoned camper or new to the outdoors, you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. With an average price per night of $35 and options starting as low as $15, camping in Idaho's desert has never been more affordable. Looking for recommendations? Check out Mountain Top Getaways (118 reviews), The Meadow (102 reviews), and Kraay's Market & Garden (90 reviews) for top-rated campsites. From off-roading (OHV) to climbing and snow sports, there's no shortage of exciting activities to enjoy during your desert adventure. Plus, popular amenities like pet-friendly sites, showers, and trash facilities ensure a comfortable camping experience. Start planning your unforgettable desert camping trip in Idaho today!

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