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.
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.