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Old 12-14-2019, 03:28 PM   #1
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Northern Utah and Idaho in 2020

My wife and I are planning a trip to northern Utah and Idaho in June/July 2020. We are towing a 30' travel trailer. I'd like to get recommendations for sites to see and things to do plus scenic drives and scenic campgrounds. I'm mainly interested in Forest Service or State Parks with at least electric hookups; any private parks that are not so crowded are OK too. I plan to do some fly fishing and short hikes (wife has bad knees). I'd like to see Hell's Canyon; any great viewpoints? How is the area around Copperfield? We are planning about 30-40 days for the whole trip. Thanks for any help!!
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:13 PM   #2
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Enroll online for the visitors guide for each state, these guides normally contain a wealth of information. We tentatively plan to visit the same general areas this coming summer, if health permits.
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We also will be going North the Western side of Idaho in the spring of 2020 (highway 55 out of Boise to highway 95 to Coeur d'Alene).
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Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake. Don’t go in April-June e since they have horrific biting gnats, but the park campground is a lovely no-hookup campground. Lots of Bison, an interesting historic ranch, good easy hikes. Marsh Lake NFS campground on the north side of the Uinta Mountains in Utah, just south of the Wyoming border. Lovely little campground with a nice lake at 9500’ or so. The Mirror Lake Highway has great sites, nice NFS campgrounds, and a number of dispersed camping sites. Beautiful high mountain lakes too.
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I'd recommend Stanley to Salmon, Idaho for fly fishing and the best temperatures in June/July. Lots of forest campgrounds along the river and the Sawtooth Nat'l Rec. Area has some nice small lakes with boat rentals. You'll need to be at 6500' elevation or above for nice temperatures in Utah and Idaho. Boise and southern Idaho area can be hot.

For Hell's Canyon, stay in Lewiston, Idaho in Hell's Gate State Park with nice shade from the trees. That area is VERY hot in summer. Take a jet boat ride through the canyon.
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If you go to northern Idaho check out Farragut State Park. Great place and history. We were museum hosts at the Brig Museum in 2015. Reserve early.
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Craters of the Moon near Arco, ID. Plenty to see with short walks from the car
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:16 PM   #8
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Slight change of plans. So we are still planning on this trip with some modifications. We will skip northern Utah and add Grand Teton / Yellowstone to the beginning of the trip, then Idaho, then finish with Glacier NP. So GT and Yellowstone will be mid-late June and Glacier will be mid-late July. We'll probably camp at Gros Ventre CG in Grand Teton and looking for suggestions for Yellowstone and Glacier. Dry camping is ok; would like to stay in parks, but private CGs are ok. I'd like to get reservations in order to avoid hassle of waiting in line or arriving in the early morning. If I can be assured of getting a spot by noon or so, then first come will be fine. Thanks for your help.
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Yellowstone - we love Mammoth campground but doesn't accept reservations. We've also stayed at Madison & Bridge Bay without reservations - just drove in and got a cancellation.

Glacier - Apgar on the west side - no reservations but many sites.
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Thatís to bad your missing northern Utah. Bear lake is great place to spend a few days. And lava hot springs is not to far from there to spend a couple more days floating the river and sitting in the hot springs
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State Parks

I think you will have a tough time getting spots in the state parks. I looked at an Idaho state park a few weeks ago and it was pretty much booked until the kiddies go back to school in September.
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The last two weeks of June at Henry's Lake State Park, Idaho at West Yellowstone has many sites available. I just checked.
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