BLM areas are most highly valued for viewing scenery, experiencing nature, escaping crowds and stress and being physically active. Many developed campgrounds and several secluded, undeveloped campgrounds are available on the scenic Idaho BLM lands.   

Visitors are encouraged to explore off the beaten path, and camping is allowed in non-designated areas on BLM land.  But if you choose to do this, please remember to stay on established roads and trails, “leave no trace,” and “pack it out.” Be prepared for wide variations in temperature and rapidly changing weather conditions in this mountainous region. Also, be alert and inquire locally regarding wildland fire conditions and seasonal travel restrictions. Always be cautious of rattlesnakes and poison ivy. Ignoring safety precautions in this harsh environment can result in dangerous consequences. 

Dispersed Camping

Many people enjoy the solitude of camping away from developed campgrounds. Follow these guidelines to ensure that these areas can be enjoyed by future generations:

  • Choose sites that are already established.
  • Camp at least 200 feet away from water sources.
  • Use existing fire rings or camp stoves.
  • Check current fire conditions.
  • Dispose of human waste properly (away from water and in a 6” or deeper hole).

BLM's partner agencies manage a vast array of recreation sites and public land areas in Idaho.  

BLM Camping Guidelines

Developed Campgrounds

  • When camping in a developed area, please use the specifically marked sites.
  • If you are camping in a developed site and are in a group with more than two vehicles or 10 people, please use a group site or two campsites.
  • Money from fees charged at developed campgrounds are used to maintain these areas for everyone's enjoyment. Avoid a citation or fine by being responsible and paying your share.
  • Please respect other campers and keep quiet hours of 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., or those posted.
  • Always build fires in the stove, grill, fireplace or ring provided in developed campgrounds. Don’t burn trash or material that produces toxic or hazardous material. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Use the designated spots for your tent, trailer and other gear. If you leave personal property unattended for more than 24 hours in a day-use area, or 3 days in other areas, it may be considered abandoned and disposed of by BLM.
  • Horses, llamas and other livestock are not allowed in campgrounds or picnic areas unless BLM has provided facilities for that use.
  • Most BLM sites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dispersed Camping in Undeveloped Areas

  • Minimize disturbance to BLM land's indigenous creatures, please do not park or camp within 200 feet of any water source (guzzler or water trough) used by wildlife or domestic livestock.
  • To protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or gray water, in any manner that would pollute the surrounding area. PACK IT OUT.
  • Whether in a developed campground or at a dispersed site, you may usually camp in an area for up to 14 days before having to move at least 25 miles from your original spot. You may not return to that area for 28 consecutive days.
  • We ask you to follow a policy of Treading Lightly! By picking up litter, avoiding travel that could damage the land, observing signs and posted areas, leaving all gates as you found them, and asking permission to enter private lands, you will enhance the public's opportunity to enjoy these lands in the future. We hope you enjoy your camping experience on BLM lands.


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