The Sawtooth/Stanley Basin region is the ultimate camping destination. Truly a best kept secret cherished by Idahoans, the camping in our region will make you giddy with delight and likely a little in disbelief as to how perfect it is. You can pitch your tent or pull up your RV to sites on the shores of high altitude lakes, amidst the pines of alpine peaks, or on the banks of the rumbling Salmon “River of No Return”. One stay is all it will take to make camping in the Sawtooths your new annual tradition.
Forest Service Campgrounds
Designed for self-sufficient camping; USFS campgrounds do not offer trailer hookups for water, sewer, or power. Because of heavy winter snows, most area campgrounds are open only from mid-May through Labor Day.
General Information about the Sawtooth area recreation, camping, and picnic sites is available from the Sawtooth National Forest/Sawtooth National Recreation Area offices.
For more detailed information or questions about facilities and locations, contact one of the sources below.
- Sawtooth National Recreation Area – 208-727-5013 or 208-727-5000
- Stanley Ranger Station – 208-774-3000
- Redfish Lake Visitor Center – 208-774-3376 (Summer only, June 1 – Labor Day)
- Information is also available online at fs.fed.us/sawtooth
- Click here for a map of Public Campgrounds in the Stanley area
Eleven USFS fee campgrounds and five picnic sites in the SNRA may be reserved in advance. The sites that may be reserved (generally the most popular) include several on Redfish Lake, Stanley Lake, and the Salmon River, as well as a few along Idaho Highway 21 west of Stanley. We advise making reservations in advance as several of the more popular sites do fill up at peak times during the summer season.
Campsite reservations are made by contacting the U.S. Forest Service by phone at (877-444-6777) (TDD 877-833-6777) or online at: www.recreation.gov