Forest Road 281

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

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NF-281
Irwin, ID 83428
208-523-3278
208-524-7500
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GPS: 43.2599, -111.0654

Last Price Paid: $0
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
153 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

WatsonsWander would stay here again

“Rivers, trees, and trails! ”

Reviewed Jul 05, 2017

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This road is directly across from the Palisades Reservoir. It's only 3-4 miles long, but along the route are at least 20 different established boondocking sites. Many are large enough for multiple RVs and most are situated alongside a creek. At the time of our visit, (last week of June) the river was swollen with snowmelt and threatening to overflow its banks in spots. We choose a site pretty far up the road. It was one of the few that could only fit a single RV. We thought it might get busy during the upcoming 4th of July weekend and we were right. This is a popular spot for the locals who all bring along trailers full of ATVs. If you're planning to visit on a weekend you can expect lots of ATV noise with some random gun shots thrown in there just for fun.

Despite the noise, we enjoyed our riverside spot and the two hiking trails that branch off the road. This is a great location if you want to paddle around the reservoir or hike any of the nearby trails (we highly recommend the Upper Palisades Lake Trail).

Come prepared with supplies because the closest town is Alpine where they have no grocery store or laundromat. They do have an awesome brewery though with a large patio overlooking the reservoir.

There are two dump stations nearby. A Chevron station to the south in Alpine and the Riverside Park Campground to the north just past the dam. We used that one on our way north. It's $5 to dump and while the dump station doesn't have potable water the camp host said we could go into the campground to fill up. They also told us that we were welcome to use their dumpster. It's a boondockers dream come true!

A note about cell service: We got 1 bar of Verizon on the first mile of the road. Unfortunately, all those sites were taken and by the time we found an open one we had no Verizon or AT&T. With our booster and directional antenna, we were able to pick up one bar of Verizon. If you just want to check email or make it call it would be enough, but if you're trying to work full-time like we are it was pretty slow and frustrating. The good news is that the signal in Alpine is great and the brewery opens every day at noon!

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Van-Tramp
Longmont, CO
27 Airstream International
198 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

Van-Tramp would stay here again

“Solitude and amazing sites along a small river”

Reviewed Sep 21, 2016

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Instead of staying on the large, crowded, reservoir, we enjoyed our very own river-side camping spot, huge trees, and lots of privacy. There are two nice trails worth hiking out here a well. Some quads venture out here, but not too many as the road dead ends about 3 miles out. Lots of options of sites to choose from all along those 3 miles. The site at the map pin has enough Verizon signal to get by, but only just. Boost it and you will be happy. The rest of the dirt road does not fare so well.

Holiday weekends, this place packs them in.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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