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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

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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. 

RV only area
Vans and truck campers, RVs
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical connection
No water connection
No sewage dump point
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 15ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Jon a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Inside A Real Ghost Town in Idaho.

Field

Places to see near Camp Badger

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Hipcamper Brita

Wish i had read the reviews in full

Brita G.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 7th, 2021

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.

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Hipcamper Chandel

Unique and remote camping space

Chandel B.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Alex

Adventure in a ghost town far away.

Alex U.
recommends this listing.
January 2nd, 2021

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.

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Hipcamper Tiffany
Tiffany C.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2020

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.

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Hipcamper Scott

Memorable experience for the kiddos

Scott P.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2020

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!

Hipcamper Sparkey
Sparkey L.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

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!

Hipcamper Brian
Brian M.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2020

Cool place! Know where you are going! There are residents there, so not 100% private. Jon is cool and responsive as host.

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew M.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2020

Great little spot in a beautiful area. Can’t wait to return!

Hipcamper Scott P.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2020
Hipcamper Sianna R.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2020
Hipcamper Renee B.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2020
Property
Camp Badger
State
Idaho
Country
United States
$5/night
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