Ep. 96: 5 Favorite Campgrounds in Southern Idaho | RV travel camping

Ep. 96: 5 Favorite Campgrounds in Southern Idaho | RV travel camping

In this episode we’ll share 5 of our favorite campgrounds in Southern Idaho, ranging from a glacially-fed mountain lake to hot springs, from a summer lakefront paradise to sand dunes and even rock monoliths along the historic California Trail. You don’t want to miss this!


* Sawtooth National Recreation Area https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sawtooth/recarea/?recid=5842
* Glacier View Campground https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sawtooth/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=5930&actid=29
* Pine Flats Campground https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/boise/recreation/recarea/?recid=5198&actid=29
* Ponderosa State Park https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/ponderosa
* Bruneau Dunes State Park https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/bruneau-dunes
* City of Rocks National Reserve https://www.nps.gov/ciro/index.htm
* Castle Rocks State Park https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/castle-rocks


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* Additional photography courtesy of Idaho Tourism, TR Bowlin, fredlyfish4 & USDA.


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  1. Dan on August 26, 2022 at 5:20 am

    If you want the best info on Idaho camping etc check out Epic Idaho on the Idaho Tourism website

  2. Dan on August 26, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Good luck getting a campsite – its like times square in NYC during the spring /summer season – if you like wall to wall people (I live in Boise ID)

  3. Wolfgang hofmann on August 26, 2022 at 5:21 am

    nice video man!

  4. Deanna Petersson on August 26, 2022 at 5:21 am

    This was the second video I’ve watched and it was super. You do a very good job!

  5. Wells On Wheels on August 26, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Thank you as always! What a gem 💎!

  6. Dave Pritchard on August 26, 2022 at 5:22 am

    Hi Marc – I was planning our route from NJ to Spokane and came across Glacier View NFCG. After I reserved one of the last 3 weekend availabilities I began to think – where did I hear about this place before? Hopped over to Campendium and there was your review! I had to click over to Grand Adventure and review your travels of this area again.

    Thanks a bunch for the excellent work you produce. Oh, I’m yearning for a DJI OSMO Pocket to show up in my stocking 🤫 😉

  7. Gianni Zamora on August 26, 2022 at 5:22 am

    I was watching this video a year ago stuck in quarantine, now we out in Idaho with our van we built, thank you for showing these awesome campgrounds!

  8. Michele Brown on August 26, 2022 at 5:22 am

    Awesome video!!!

  9. James Black on August 26, 2022 at 5:25 am

    Nice video but Sawtooths are Central Idaho.

  10. Spud Bono on August 26, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Outstanding video, as always! Did not get to ID last year, so now you really gave me the itch. So much to see there, and love the people. I have California plates and they’re STILL nice to me!

  11. Gayle Johnson on August 26, 2022 at 5:26 am

    This was one of the most helpful videos out there for my upcoming RV trip thank you.

  12. journey2fifty on August 26, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Congratulations on 500,000 views!!!

  13. Mountain Beaches on August 26, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Beautiful video but that’s what we’ve come to expect from Grand Adventure. We love our time camping in Idaho as well. City of Rocks is one of our favorites and it’s so close to home. Cheers from Cache Valley.

  14. Tun Tavern Travel Trailer on August 26, 2022 at 5:30 am

    Love your videos! Thank you for all the hard work you put in to them. We recently purchased a travel trailer that we rehabbed and remodeled and will be full time RV’ers soon. I binge watch your videos to help me fill in our travel bucket list, such great info provided in them all and the pictures and videos are stunning! My question for this video, however, is could you tell me where you purchased the shoes you are wearing in the hot springs? I must get the hubs and me a pair lol! Ty!!

  15. Sonya Parker on August 26, 2022 at 5:31 am

    I love the Sun Valley video, the boondocking location was absolutely beautiful. Do you know which cell phone carrier works best in the area? I know coverage is spotty, but will be in the are for about 3 weeks and will need to have some access. Thanks for the videos and information

  16. s k on August 26, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Very informative video, great pictures. Only Bruneau Dunes and City of Rocks are in southern Idaho. The other sites are central Idaho.

  17. Ramblin' Ralph on August 26, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Another great video!! I’ve camped at Redfish Lake (different campground), Ponderosa SP and City of Rocks. Idaho has some great camping!

  18. シIllosions on August 26, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Red fish is super pretty! The lake is not salt water it’s actually melted snow so the water is super clear!

  19. J Barrett on August 26, 2022 at 5:34 am

    I have a lot of catching up to do . So many great places to visit.. Thanks for expanding my horizons..

  20. coop deville on August 26, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Great video and excellent timing, just picked up a Idaho Gazetteer. Just started planning our trip for this summer . See ya down the road!

  21. Dereck Ray on August 26, 2022 at 5:37 am

    Only 2 of these are actually in southern Idaho??

  22. Ruth Pickens on August 26, 2022 at 5:37 am

    We went to Redfish every year growing up. That’s my heaven

  23. The Glamping Guys on August 26, 2022 at 5:38 am

    WOW! Thank you for this lovely video and for providing the links to all the locations! Just added to our bucket list.
    Peace & Love!
    Have a Glamperrific Day!

  24. Chris R on August 26, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Great video!!!  You do such great work and have such helpful information!  I am so glad I found your channel!   I have Idaho on my list of places to visit!

  25. Thom Fisher on August 26, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Hey! We always enjoy your videos. I know you boondock quite a bit, but regards campgrounds could you include info about how large an RV will fit? For various reasons, we own one of the larger ones and it just will not fit some camp grounds. Safe travels and keep up the great posts!

  26. Greg Lind on August 26, 2022 at 5:44 am

    My summer Hangouts….SNRA and McCall.!

  27. Marlene Stein on August 26, 2022 at 5:47 am

    I have been here around 2012-2013 twice and enjoyed it.

  28. Steve C on August 26, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Awesome job on that video. The State of Idaho should be paying you for that one.

  29. The Nomad on August 26, 2022 at 5:50 am

    I have a black and a yellow labs also! My camp mates.

  30. Diane Darcy on August 26, 2022 at 5:50 am

    another great video!

  31. Hike This Planet on August 26, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Thank you. Great video with lots of wonderful information. I live in Southern Alberta. Going to Montana and Idaho as soon as this Covid stuff is over.

  32. joyce marino on August 26, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Great info for our summer plans for escapee summer of 2020 through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and into Canada! We’re in the process of making some reservations but if you have any suggestions for good boondocking spots it would be greatly appreciated and perhaps we could give you some ideas for the eastern sierras as, that was our geology field camp study area and is our personal happy place!

  33. The McMillan Express on August 26, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Beautiful just beautiful!!! Wow we can’t wait to hit these places! Idaho here we come 😀! Thanks Marc 👍

  34. Jesi B on August 26, 2022 at 5:54 am

    Treating myself to clam chowder for lunch and wanted to mentally get away and I knew I could do that with your videos.
    This has to be my favorite so far! I don’t get to catch them each ( or any ) Wednesday so I plan to escape the cold this winter through your travels.
    Some of the places you’ve visited would be really difficult for me to leave!
    Great job you two!

  35. L N on August 26, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful videography. Thank you for sharing with us. I recommend you try Cub River, between Franklin and Preston, Idaho. Most people only go as far as Willow Flats, which is a beautiful campground to be sure, but there is boondocking available further up the road which is also beautiful. I’m not sure a trailer can make it, vans and trucks have little/no problem though. I will have to watch more of your episodes!

  36. Laughing Ram on August 26, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Now all I have to do is pick one….


  37. KTM 250XCW on August 26, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Just my opinion, but Redfish and the surrounding SawTooth area blows away everything else.

  38. Chris Lonsberry on August 26, 2022 at 5:59 am

    Thank you for a very informative video. Idaho is on my bucket list and I’m saving this video! I hope to visit each one of the parks you highlighted.

  39. Bill Ruprecht on August 26, 2022 at 6:00 am

    What? No boondocking?

  40. RVing with the Moracas on August 26, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Saved in my "places we have to go" playlist. Thanks

  41. Laughing Ram on August 26, 2022 at 6:02 am

    Thanks again Marc for another summary video of a state or portion of a state. Definitely a future reference video.

  42. Downsizing Makes Cents on August 26, 2022 at 6:04 am

    I’m coming back to this video when we have a chance to rv In Idaho, thx Marc

  43. Rollin with the Roche'z on August 26, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Hey Marc, again great info and video! Question for you, How do you video (record) the image of Google maps zooming in on locations?

  44. RealRVLife on August 26, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Great picture of the Bruneau sky. It’s my absolute favorite reason to visit the park, the observatory being second.. However, even the your great photo doesn’t do it justice. It really must be seen in person. Great job covering the southern gem state. .

  45. Dan on August 26, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Nice video but the climate is not sunny most of the time / clouds rain and wind up in the forested areas the sand dunes from May to October are most likely 100 degree temps.

  46. SAM Cooper on August 26, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Not sure why you don’t have over 100k subscribers, with the beautiful, high def, edited content, hopefully it will come in time. Keep up the great work! The best quality content by far of all the RVer videos I’ve seen on YouTube!! Take care.

  47. Gavin Streetie on August 26, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Better stay in the uk I think , I really would not know which one to choose all offer so much , however I did like ponderosa and Mcall , really could spend a lifetime there !

  48. No Touchy on August 26, 2022 at 6:12 am

    narrator sounds like Michael Gross a bit
    (Burt Gummer from Tremors)

  49. Vagabond_Rob on August 26, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Another great vid Marc. I haven’t been to Idaho with the trailer. Did you happen to bring your kayak on this trip? I had friends go through Idaho this spring and they had to stop at each boat wash station even though it was the same day. I’m sure it was worry about Zebra mussels, but every wash station? Thanks

  50. Starbreaker666 on August 26, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Mark you’re killing me with these video’s. Wonderful job! If you get back into Colorado this coming season let me know I can turn you on to some great little known areas you may have not seen yet.

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