Bayhorse Recreation Site

Salmon River, Near Challis, Idaho

Bayhorse Recreation Site does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


The headwaters of the Salmon River are in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. BLM recreation sites along this stretch start at the East Fork confluence, followed downstream by Bayhorse, Deadman Hole, Challis Bridge, Cottonwood, Kilpatrick, Gold Bug Hot Springs, Elevenmile, Eightmile, Shoup Bridge, Morgan Bar and Tower Rock.

Bayhorse Campground is at 5400-foot elevation and is ten miles south of Challis on Highway 75. Named for a historic mining district, Bayhorse Campground has 11 campsites along the Salmon River offering plentiful fishing. Anglers come for the resident cutthroat and rainbow trout, steelhead and whitefish. Visitors can take the road west to Bayhorse Lake, which is near a number of historic mines. The entire area is rich in mining history, and this is a comfortable base camp for exploring the Land of the Yankee Fork. Amenities Include:

11 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings; Seasonal Campground Hosts; Potable Water (beware of the sprinkler system if tenting); Vault toilets; Boat ramp and day use parking area; drinking water, restrooms; Plenty of hiking trails and interpretive sites to explore.