Hipcamp host Lestia B.,
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Peaceful, secluded, spacious, and extremely private single campsite with spectacular mountain scenery on the beautiful North Fork Big Lost River. It is bordered by National Forest Land on two sides and surrounded by the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states! 

The campsite is located in a clearing at the end of a 1,000 ft. private lane surrounded by thick willow b


Peaceful, secluded, spacious, and extremely private single campsite with spectacular mountain scenery on the beautiful North Fork Big Lost River. It is bordered by National Forest Land on two sides and surrounded by the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states! 

The campsite is located in a clearing at the end of a 1,000 ft. private lane surrounded by thick willow bushes that block any view into it. You will be awed by the magnificent view of one of Idaho's most iconic peaks located in the Pioneer Mountain Range. 

The river is a very short stroll from the campsite for swimming or fishing. Campfires are permitted unless weather conditions make it too dangerous or there are local fire restrictions in effect.  Campers must check with host before having fires.

Flat, easy access to the campsite will accommodate large RVs with a little maneuvering.

FASCINATING HISTORY: This property is a portion of an isolated and historic 60-acre homestead of the 1800s known as Big Lost Ranch. It was the only place for many miles around with lodging, pastures, as well as excellent spring water for moonshine, making it a notorious "watering hole" for area miners and wagon trains that transported ore to the train station in Ketchum.

The extremely difficult and dangerous feats of mule teams pulling very heavy ore wagons over the precariousy narrow and steep Trail Creek Summit are celebrated every year in Ketchum during the world-renowned Wagon Days Celebration that occurs on Labor Day weekend. The the culmination of the celebration is a unique non-motorized parade featuring equines and other animals performing under saddle or pulling restored antique, and sometimes quite amusing, wagons and carts. Hockey team members, on skates and wielding shovels, race around impressively throughout the parade picking up the animal droppings!

The grand finale of the parade is the "Big Hitch" consisting of a team of 20 mules, 2-abreast, pulling six huge wagons. In a highly technical feat, requiring onlookers to be quiet, the mule drivers use voice and jerk-lines to perform an amazing, seemingly impossible, 90° turn at the main intersection in Ketchum.

The ore wagons and photographic history of Ketchum can be viewed in a museum in Ketchum year-round.

Also not to be missed is a huge mural at the front of Atkinson's market that depicts a moment before an ore wagon is about to go off a cliff on Trail Creek Summit.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 30 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Hookups: No sewage and TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Lestia a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

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Hipcamper Neal

Secluded camp site

Neal J.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2022

Very private with amazing views in all directions. We could hear the nearby Northfork of the Big Lost River flowing by. A deer passed through camp which had beautiful wild flowers around the campsite. Lestia, the North Fork Mayor, is a very gracious and friendly host. She had very helpful area information and directions for hiking, backroad drives and fishing. She recommended driving to her place from Mackay as we were pulling a twenty foot trailer. We made a day trip to Sun Valley and Ketchum on the Trail Creek road, about a 45 minute drive.

Hipcamper Aly


Aly M.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2022

Everything about this place is a 10/10. From the loving host to the beautiful back drop. I would absolutely call here again! Cheers till next time!

Hipcamper Judy

Serenity and solitude

Judy P.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2021

We enjoyed our stay here! Lestia is a great host with a beautiful space. She is extremely knowledgeable of the area. She offered great suggestions for hiking. The view from the campsite cannot be beat. The stars at night were amazing. We fell in love with her two dogs, Fred and Wlma.

Hipcamper Lestia
Response from Lestia, the Host, on October 6th, 2021

Judy and company were great guests. I will be very happy to host them again.

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Hipcamper Portia
Portia F.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2021

Beautiful spot!

Hipcamper Gabrielle

A beautiful spot

Gabrielle T.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2021

A beautiful quite spot nesteled in within the national forest. The calm stream from the backside of the property provided soothing sounds. Total privacy provided for the camping location on the property.

Lestia was a wondeful host that taught us interesting facts about the property. I would recommend this location to anyone looking for seclution and an opportunity to connect with the nature than what most group campsites can provide.

Hipcamper Rosie

Private and quiet!

Rosie B.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2021

This was a sweet camping spot, hosted by Lestia, who was super nice! There is an electric hookup and water, which was very convenient. It is rare to find a campsite with hookups that is so PRIVATE! We had the place to ourselves, with only occasional visits from Fred and Wilma, the canine greeters. It was really nice not to have to secure everything when we went exploring for the day.
Ketchum is an easy day trip, and we really enjoyed driving down Forest Service Road 135. We came in from Mackey, which was a good road pulling our 20 foot trailer.

Hipcamper Joel

Beautiful spot

Joel R.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2021

Beautiful spot. Owner very helpful and friendly. Good fly fishing spots all near location

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Hipcamper Linda
Linda S.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2021

Very private campsite which delivers on the promise of stunning views. The river is walking distance from the campsite and we visited it every day. Lestia is a welcoming host, full of hospitality. We would recommend this campsite.

Hipcamper William
William A.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2021

Lestia is an amazing host! Worth the drive, so many places to see. Felt very safe


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