This park has a variety of site sizes and types in the lower shaded area...some more level than others. Pads are gravel, no fire pits at individual sites, but a nice central fire pit/grill in a grass area with a large awning over picnic tables. The Pot Belly cafe on-site is very good casual dining. The smoked prime rib offered on Weds & Sat is great. Free laundromat and nice folks make this worth a visit. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here 9 nights and got one night free. The spaces are a bit tight getting in, but they were helpful with getting you parked. This also means you have close neighbors, which was OK since our friends were on one side and on the other side was a guy who worked; plus we are gone all day hiking and bicycling. The restrooms are good, but the showers could use some regular cleaning. It was quiet and a nice park. Nice and friendly managers. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The RV park is in a beautiful setting, but nothing fancy. The Pot Belly Cafe on site has wonderful food. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. We stayed in pull through site # 11. No TV reception unless you have satellite. WI-FI was good at our site. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This RV park has great potential, beautiful spots with large, shady pine trees, however, the piles of various "junk" around the park, along with lots of trash (vinyl gloves, cigarette butts, candy wrappers) around our site really took away from the beautiful area of Elk Mountain. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Even with older bathrooms and no cable TV, I give this park a 10 because of the friendly people and the view. I've never had a better view in any campground. Food in the restaurant right on premise was delicious. I ate dinner, lunch, and breakfast and everything was wonderful. I've never had better sausage and eggs in my life. And, don't miss the pie. I ran into a problem with my propane hose and three of the gentleman who either work or own the place didn't hesitate a second to fix it for me. My back up skills are less than acceptable. They didn't hesitate when I told them. The owner, I think, came and backed it right in for me. Great place, great people, and it spread to the guests. I met several who were exceptionally nice. Happiness is contagious, I guess. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We managed to get one of the last two remaining spots on the "terrace". We asked for a terrace spot for the view and satellite compatibility. While I can understand a previous poor review describing the "terrace" as a junk yard. There are some large "leftovers" up there but probably less than 2 years ago. The "terrace" sites are small and quite a few of them are taken by guys in the area for seasonal work. Most of the main level sites looked nice surrounded by tall pines. It also appeared that most of them were taken by extended stay customers. For us, the view of the Sawtooth Mountains was worth putting up with the negatives of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Definitely not a resort, spaces small and not very level. Beautiful view of Sawtooth Mountains, great ribs and breakfast in the restaurant. Lots of camping along river even in a 40' motorhome. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has two levels, we stayed in the upper level. The lower area has more shade and trees, but the upper level more of a view. The RV spaces are dirt with some weeds, most of the dirt is very powdery. I would think it could be a real muddy mess after a rain or snow melt. The owners were very helpful and exceptionally nice, the restaurant was pretty good and had reasonable prices. Known in the area for their barbecue although we didn't try it. Looked like the locals eat there a lot, always a good sign. I didn't find the showers too inviting so passed on that experience, but then I'm kind of picky. I see one reviewer thought the bathrooms were dirty I didn't think they were any worse than most public restrooms. We leave our computers at home so can't comment on the Wi-Fi. We had a ruptured fuel line and there was a great mechanic who fixed it for us who lives in the RV park during the summer months. We did discover Stanley, at least at this time, has no automotive repair shops or mechanics at all. If you need a mechanic while visiting Stanley ask in the office for Neal, I highly recommend him. Between the only two RV parks in Stanley that have hook ups, Valley Creek Motel And RV Park and Elk Mountain RV Resort, my vote would be the later when hook ups are a priority. Not perfect as RV parks go but keeping in mind for a pretty rustic, undeveloped area, it's not bad. I would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is probably one of the worst campgrounds we have stayed at, mainly because they only had room for us on their "terrace" I use that description lightly. it is their parking lot, dump site and place to leave trucks, run down RVs ,etc. You can see the Sawtooth's from up on the "terrace" but do not under any circumstances get a spot there. the restrooms were very dirty, never cleaned while we were there. The Wi-Fi was iffy. we asked for a refund so we could move but they refused. We left anyway. I do not recommend this place. Unfortunately there are few RV parks in the area...you might try one attached to a motel in town or try Sawtooth City. It would be better to stay at any of the lakes in the forest service sites. Good luck. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were parked directly next to the good restaurant at this campground. As a result we were among the very few who had wifi at our site. Wifi is available in the restaurant. There is considerable work being done to improve the sites at the campground especially on the upper level where there is a great view of the Sawtooth Mountains. Exceptionally friendly owners made this week-long stay more enjoyable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First of all, the people who run this park and associated restaurant are wonderful, friendly people. The food in the restaurant, which includes smoked prime rib, is outstanding. There is free laundry and wifi, and the restrooms and showers, located in the same building as the restaurant, were clean and servicable. That all said, unfortunately, the campground and sites themselves are not in very good shape. The sites are all dirt, and very dusty, and most are not too level. The roads are all dusty dirt. The electrical hookups were in terrible shape, and actually looked downright dangerous. The weekend we were there, unfortunately, coincided with an annual marathon type race, and the campground filled up with tent campers and noisy dogs and kids on every available space, including the common areas which were really not campsites. We ended up leaving a day early. The owner apologized and refunded the money willingly and stated that the race was an unusual event and normally the campground was not that over run. He also stated they were improving the infrastructure. We believe he was sincere and will probably give them another try in the future. Again, we really liked the management, and hope they improve the campground and do well. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground west of Stanley in the Sawtooths. We were here in September and appreciated the electrical hookups. This CG is rustic and has plenty of shade. The on-site restaurant is good and very reasonably priced. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful campground along the Salmon River. Sites are well spaced out and easy to get into. Somewhat sparse tree cover, but it is adequate (my solar panels loved it). Our space was level -- did not see many blocks, so I think most sites are very level. Access to river via trail. A quiet alternative to the zoo at Redfish Lake. Water is available in the campground and is of a very high quality, but it is via a hand pump -- make sure you fill your tanks before you arrive. Dump stations and drinking water are available two miles away at either the ranger station or Redfish Lake. The ranger station may have the most scenic dump in the world. Keep in mind though that the drinking water hose has a narrow diameter -- it can take 20-30 minutes to fill your water tank. There is an adequate market in Stanley for food, but the nearest "real" supermarket is probably in Challis. All in all, a wonderful campground and we will definitely return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We found this to be a very pleasant campground. It is set among lodge pole pine, with views of the Sawtooth Mountains. The Salmon River runs adjacent to the campground, and can be heard from much of the campground. Only a few sites have views of the river. The roads and spurs are paved, as is the area around the picnic tables and fire pits. Each site also has a leveled tent pad. Overall, the facilities are excellent. Water is by hand pump only. When I filled a bucket, the water didn't look very clean. I am sure it is safe, but I would bring my own water for cooking and drinking. The vault toilets are in modern concrete buildings. They are spotlessly clean and very fresh smelling. There are no showers in the campground, although showers are available near Redfish Lake. The roads are easy to navigate for big rigs. Many sites will accommodate a 40' motorhome with toad. Our site handled our 40' motorhome, LARGE toad, and motorcycle with room to spare. Of the campgrounds in the immediate area, this seems the best suited for larger RVs. Some sites are not as level as they could be- we ended up with both front wheels of our motorhome off the ground. Most sites are well separated, but there is relatively little undergrowth for privacy. The lodge pole pines will provide minimal shade. You can hear the traffic on the highway, but we didn't find it objectionable. We were pleasantly surprised to have decent Verizon cellular service. Internet access thru our aircard was intermittent, but better than nothing!This location is less than 3 miles from Redfish Lake. There is a dump station available near Redfish Lake, and another one near the ranger station, about 3 miles north of the campground. Both dump stations have a $5.00 fee, and drinking water is available at each. The town of Stanley is about 5 miles away, and has several restaurants, a small grocery, fuel, lodging, and post office. We will definitely return to Sunny Gulch when in the area! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful spot located right on the Salmon River. The camp host keeps the facilities very clean. Fly fishing right outside your unit's door is terrific. Kayaking or tubing from Stanley to the campground is excellent! Lots of outdoor things to do in a very short drive from the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful Forest Service Campground located on the Salmon River. Interior roads and sites are newly paved. Sites are level and long enough to accommodate a 40ft motorhome plus small tow. A few sites are close to Hwy. which is not a busy one. Most sites are back ins, a few pull throughs. No cell service. We would definitely return. This is a quiet park approximately 7 miles from Stanley. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campsites are some of the best we've ever camped in. The pads are asphalt and level. The picnic tables were in great condition and they even had separate built-in cooking tables to set your grill on. We had a split rail fence behind our site that gave it such a nice rustic, cozy feel. Beautiful trees surrounded the site. The only problem was that the campground host was negligent in cleaning the vault toilets. They had a strong ammonia odor. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I checked off "pull thru" sites but there are only 2 or 3 of them. The rest are back-in. The pit toilets are kept very clean. The roads and sites are asphalt and fairly level. Sites have picnic tables and campfire grills. Half of the campground is on the river side of Idaho 75 the other half are located on the other side of the road. The water is by old fashioned pump, which means you can't hook a water hose up to it. There is a dump station and drinking water is available to dump/fill your tanks 1 mile south of Stanley, ID., at the ranger station. A $5.00 donation is appreciated. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only reason this campground did not get a 10 is because there are no hookups. This is a beautiful National Forest Service Campground located about 4 miles northeast of Stanley and is right on the beautiful Salmon River, the "River of No Return" which was the setting for the movie starring Marilyn Monroe. The sites are all very long, paved, and many are right on the banks of the river. This is one of the few National Forest Campgrounds in this Sawtooth Wilderness area where the roads and sites are fully paved and can handle a big rig. We pulled our 40' motorhome (with ease) head into the site so we could see the river from the windshield. The river was about 30 feet in front of us, with lots of white water boiling over the rocks. The camp manager was gracious and welcomed us like family. We boon docked here for only two nights due to our schedule, but we will definitely return for a longer stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a small campground currently consisting of 10 sites located on the Big Wood River. There is a hot spring and swimming pool within walking distance and the Harriman bike trail runs through the campground. Part of the campground is closed due to flood damage. There are no facilities except for some pit toilets which were clean. The water faucets in the campground don’t work. Potable water and a dump station are available at the visitor center about 6 miles away. Interior roads and sites are gravel. All sites are level and can accommodate larger RVs. The campground host was friendly and helpful. We had a double site, but couldn’t tell much difference between the single and double sites. It was quiet except for some highway noise. However, traffic is light and almost nonexistent at night. This is a great place for dry camping. We would camp here again. Although this campground lacks facilities, we rated it compared to other dry camping experiences. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The CG is comprised of 3 loops and sits on a wooded hillside near Redfish Lake. Sites and access roads are all paved and asphalt extends to the picnic table and fire ring area. Although this is a USFS site it is operated by a concessionaire. Most sites need some leveling and many are not suitable for bigger rigs. This CG and all the others in the area fill quickly and reservations are essential for summer weekends. Redfish Lake provides a wide range of water sports and spectacular views. Trail access to the Sawtooth Mtns. begins near the CG. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Would be a 10 with hook-ups. Easy access, big sites, asphalt roads with cement pads. This is just a beautiful campground with great camp hosts. If you like to dry camp this is heaven, it is first come with no reservations taken. Get there early and enjoy!!! Will visit again!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sockeye is one of the half dozen NFS campground units at Redfish Lake South of Stanley. Newly renovated...large/long and wide asphalt pads, some single some double. No hook ups here. Dump station within a mile. Limited services. Gas available, no diesel, no propane in park...need to go to Stanley...about 15 minutes. Generator use from 8 am until 10 pm allowed...we did. Stunning setting in Sawtooth. Cold and wet when we were here. Park was not full. Maybe too early in season? No At&t...Verizon OK. Limited shots for satellite TV from Sockeye spots. Views of Lake and Sawtooth Mountains from sites 6-11. Stayed 3 nights. No reservations accepted in Sockeye unit. Other units had full reservations..no space. We would probably return if passing through. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Had a site with good view of the beautiful lake. People were very friendly and helpful. Area was clean and site was almost level. Can't expect much for $7.50 The area was beautiful even though the fantastic mountains were hard to see because of the smoke from the fires near the area. Would go back. Was cold at night: 29 degrees and this was still summer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in the Lakeside Loop. The road into the campground is very rough and not maintained. Area around the sites is not maintained. We paid for our site within the 30 minutes required. Someone checked the fee box later that evening, but the next morning the host told us (and the people in the site across from us) that neither one of us had paid, even though nothing was said when the box was checked that evening! We paid a 2nd time because we had paid with cash, so had no proof. Would NOT stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a beautiful place. 50 yards off the back of our trailer was Stanley Lake, and across the lake was a great view of the Sawtooths. Picture post card! Campground was well groomed and the restrooms were very clean. There are pumps for drinking water, but we found the water to have a rust taste so we were glad we brought our own. Price reflects $10 reservation fee and Senior discount with a federal card. I checked the GPS and found us at 6600 ft. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stanley Lake is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It's a wonderful campground on the lake. There are vault toilets that were kept very clean and smelling decent. The camp hosts worked very hard on them. There are no showers. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
There are only two locations with hookups in Stanley. This is not a large area with only 4 RV slots. There is a small grassy area adjacent to three of those spots. There is not a lot of shade available but given the evening and night temps in Stanley this is not as critical as it might be elsewhere. Slots are all back in but the gravel apron is very large and we had no problems backing in. Our site was very close to level. The gravel parking area was very welcome as there was hard rain/hail on several afternoons and nights. It is fairly close to the highway, but Idaho 21 is not a heavily traveled road and very quiet at night. BBQ grills are available at the side of the motel. Hookups worked well, and the area was very neat and clean. There is an outstanding view of the Sawtooth mountains to the south. Sign up in office about Wi-Fi but we did not use it so can’t comment on it. We would recommend purchasing supplies before getting to Stanley, as local availability is somewhat limited. Had a good dinner at the Casino Club, and the Stanley Bakery serves good breakfasts. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Located 1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 21-75 junction on Hwy 21. This was okay if you just need a place with hook ups but hardly a camping experience. Situated between the office and the motel there are 4 RV spots. Actually it's more like a parking lot with hook ups. Each space had about a 4 by 6 foot piece of grass. The rest of the property is mainly crushed rock. No pull through option. No shade at all and right on highway 21. I didn't see any bathrooms or showers so I assume none are provided. If you just want a place to sleep and not looking to drag out the deck chairs and enjoy nature this is okay. The electric hook ups looked fairly new, the area was clean and well maintained. No dirt to make it dusty. The town of Stanley only has two RV parks that have any hook ups, so not a lot of choices. We camped here in a Motorhome.