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SCOUT MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND, ID

part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SCOUT MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Sat May 24 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Scout Mountain Campground is located on beautiful Scout Mountain at an elevation of 6,900 feet, just 13 miles south of Pocatello, Idaho. Scout Mountain is part of the Mink Creek area, a popular place for birding and wildlife viewing. Visitors enjoy exploring a variety of local multi-use trails.

Natural Features:

The campground sits high atop the Bannock Mountain Range in a scenic forest of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine and aspen, which offers partial shade. Summer wildflowers are abundant.

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

Recreation:

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and dirt biking are very popular activities in the area. The paved 1-mile Scout Mountain Nature Trail loops the campground, leading to several overlooks. The East Fork Mink Creek Trail begins within the site and the Crestline Trail is nearby.

Facilities:

The campground contains one large group site for up to 100 people, with picnic and serving tables, grills and a campfire ring with benches.

Single and double sites are available as well, with picnic tables, campfire rings, lantern posts and tent pads.

Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Cherry Springs Nature Area is less than 6 miles from the campground, with its pretty namesake spring, a stream for fishing, paved self-guided nature trails and picnic facilities. Mink Creek Nordic Center is about 5 miles away, 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
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Climbing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Pads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Wildlife Caution
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • The road to the campground is paved and has a few switchbacks; RVs should have no trouble accessing the facility
  • There are no electric, water or sewer site hookups at this campground
  • This is a pack it in, pack it out facility; please bring garbage bags
  • A fee of $5 will be collected on-site for extra vehicles parked anywhere but at the group site
  • Horses, livestock and off-road vehicles are not permitted in the campground
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.69167, -112.35889
42°41'30"N, 112°21'32"W

Take I-15 to exit 63 south of Pocatello. Follow the brown Mink Creek Recreation Area signs to Bannock Highway for 2 miles. Turn left up the canyon. Go 4.5 miles to the East Fork Mink Creek road and turn left. Go 5.3 miles up East Fork Mink Creek road to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SCOUT MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND
4350 CLIFFS DRIVE
POCATELLO ID 83204

Phone Number:

Project Office:(208)236-7500
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