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BAD BEAR CAMPGROUND, ID

part ofBoise National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 18 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Bad Bear Campground is located 48 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho, in a scenic Ponderosa pine forest along Highway 21 at an elevation of 5,100 feet. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant. Historic Idaho City is just 11 miles south. Mores Creek runs adjacent to the site, offering whitefish and rainbow trout fishing.

This campground contains 6 site that can accommodate up to 6 people each. Picnic tables, a BBQ grill, and fire ring with benches are provided. The site is in an open area with shade. Vault toilets and garbage service are provided. Parking spurs are paved. Due to its proximity to the highway, some noise from passing traffic is to be expected.

Highway 21, also known as the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, snakes along Mores Creek to Mores Creek Summit, Gold Fork, and Banner Ridge with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forest. Numerous trail opportunities are in the area, offering hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVing. In winter, the area becomes a playground for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilet
  • Backpack
  • Bird Watching
  • Camp Host on duty
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water, Hand Well.
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Ring
  • Fishing streams
  • Garbage Cans
  • Hiking Trails/Off-trail Hiking
  • Historic Byway
  • Jogging/Running
  • Lantern Post
  • Parking
  • Picnic Table
  • Recycle Containers
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Service
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM Machine
  • Accessible Trails
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Churches
  • Deli
  • Emergency Phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Gas Station
  • Grocery
  • Hotels
  • Laundry
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicing
  • Shopping
Know Before You Go
Reservation need to be made 4 days in advance. CAUTION: Bears frequent the area. All food must be kept in approved containers.

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    • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    43.90861, -115.69639
    43°54'31"N, 115°41'47"W

    Hayfork Group Cg (ID) HIGHWAY 21 Idaho City ID 83706

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    BAD BEAR CAMPGROUND
    P.O. Box 129
    Idaho City ID 83631

    Phone Number:

    Information: (208)392-6681
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