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MINK CREEK GROUP SITE CAMPGROUND, ID

part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MINK CREEK GROUP SITE CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Wed May 27 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Mink Creek Group Site Campground is located just 12 miles south of Pocatello, Idaho, along the Bannock Highway. The Mink Creek area is a popular area for birding and wildlife viewing, with many miles of multi-use trails waiting to be explored.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated along Mink Creek in the scenic Bannock Mountain Range of southeastern Idaho. A grove of ponderosa pines borders one side of the site, offering partial shade. Aspens and pines dot the surrounding mountainsides.

A wide variety of birds can be found in the area, including the Western Scrub-Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird and Green-tailed and Spotted Towhees and Calliope Hummingbirds.

Recreation:

The West Fork Mink Creek Trail begins just outside the campground and is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Additional trails including Corral Creek Trail and Valve House Trail are in the vicinity.

Facilities:

The campground offers one large accessible group site that can accommodate up to 200 people. The site contains a 40x80-foot picnic pavilion with concrete base, large paved parking area, 12 large picnic tables, two serving tables and a large fire ring, two accessible vault toilets and four potable water hydrants. The pavilion has two electrical outlets and night lighting.

The road to the campground is paved, allowing easy access for RVs and cars. Security is provided by a locked entrance gate, area campground hosts and periodic county sheriff patrols.

Mink Creek Group Area is popular for outdoor weddings; if you plan to move any site furniture please call the District Office for approval at (208) 236-7500. Remember that site check-in time is 2:00 pm on the day of your reservation and check-out time is noon of the following day. Firewood is not provided and is not available on site for gathering. Garbage service is not provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Cherry Springs Nature Area is nearby, with its pretty namesake spring, a stream for fishing, paved self-guided nature trails and picnic facilities. Mink Creek Nordic Center is also nearby, with hiking and horseback riding trails in summer months and groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Grills
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Pads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Wildlife Caution
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • Campground is accessed via a locked gate; for the access code, please call 208-236-7500 Monday - Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (office closed on federal holidays).
  • There are no sewer hookups at this campground.
  • This facility is pack-it-in/pack-it-out.
  • Off-road vehicles and horses are not allowed in the campground.
  • Please call the District Office for reservations after Halloween and before Memorial Day, (208) 236-7500.
  • Click here for more info about the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
  • 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 dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.72861, -112.41722
42°43'43"N, 112°25'2"W

Take exit 63 off I-15 just south of Pocatello. Follow the brown "Mink Creek Recreation Area" signs to Bannock Highway for 2 miles, then turn left up Mink Creek Canyon. Go 7 miles south on Bannock Highway, past Bannock Guard Station, to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MINK CREEK GROUP SITE CAMPGROUND

POCATELLO  ID  83204

Phone Number:

Project Office: (208)236-7500
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