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Bear Lake, bordering Utah and Idaho



If you love camping and are counting down the days until summer when you can grab your sleeping bag and head out to your favorite campground, why wait? With a little careful planning, you can make the camping season last all year long – even in winter.

Check out these campgrounds that are open no matter the season, and enjoy the Idaho winter camping scene.

Harriman State Park

Part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this state park offers some of the best opportunities to engage with nature in the entire state. Visitors describe winter at the park as “magical” – and no wonder, with its 11,000-acre wildlife refuge and the largest population of trumpeter swans during this season. You can enjoy everything the park has to offer, which includes access to cabins and yurts at their year-round campground.

Heyburn State Park

Heyburn is the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest, first opening in 1908. It features endless views of snow stretching out as far as the eye can see during the winter season. The main campground is closed at this time of year, but they have cabins and cottages available for rent all year round. It’s a perfect place to get away from it all.

Bear Lake State Park

This beautiful destination attracts visitors who love to spend time on and around the lake. In the winter, you’ll find a totally different scene, as the snow-covered hills and mountainous terrain bring in the snowshoers and snowmobilers. Thanks to its popularity among outdoor recreation enthusiasts, you’ll find several camping options, including group shelters, at the park.

Farragut State Park

Head to the Coeur d’Alene Mountains where you’ll find this park at the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille. The views are stunning and you’ll find miles and miles of trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing adventures. Winter camping is fairly primitive, with no access to water, but if you’re fast enough, you can reserve a spot at one of their campgrounds where electricity is provided.

Idaho City

You’ll love the magic of yurt camping in winter. These yurts are comfortable and cozy and give you access to as much outdoor winter recreation as you can imagine.

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