Upper O'Brien Campground

Sawtooth National Forest

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NF-454 Stanley, ID 83278 208-774-3000 208-727-5000 Official Website

GPS: 44.259, -114.698

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Overview of Upper O'Brien Campground

Number of Sites 9

Open Seasonally May - Aug.

Elevation 5,839 ft / 1,779 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Tepui tent mounted on a short tag along trailer
7 reviews
“Your basic camp ground.”

Reviewed 8/26/2019

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 1
Overall Rating

Upper O’Brien has 8 sites. There are some spots on the river. Others back in the woods a bit. It has fire rings, picnic tables, and very stinky vault toilets. It is August 21 Lower O’Brien was closed. Some other camp sites along the river were closed. Check with Forest Service in Stanley to see what’s open in the Sawtooth Range. Challis also has a Forest Service station and BLM office for the Challis Area National Forest.


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Meg and Ben
22' Airstream Safari
Cheverolet Silverado
43 reviews
“Gorgeous, cozy spot on the Salmon River. ”

Reviewed 9/28/2015

Nightly rate: $14
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 5
Overall Rating

We stayed here just as the weather was turning cold and the FS started closing some of their campgrounds, turning off water,etc. we got good info on what was still open from the Stanley visitor's center and set out to find our spot on the River. We loved the site as soon as we saw it. Compared to the other CGs along the river this one was much more "in" the woods/canyon/river. Much more beautiful. People with. Ginger rigs than ours may hesitate. We were fine.

Our only complaint was the bathroom - not the tidiest. End of season? Sites however were pristine. It was in all other ways idyllic. We even saw an eagle! It was close enough to Stanley and cell service to pop over and we did a GREAT day trip in the other direction to Lemhi Pass, where Lewis and Clark crossed the continental divide. It will be closed for the season Sometime in the coming weeks.

Site Quality

Meg and Ben would stay here again

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Meg and Ben
22' Airstream Safari
Cheverolet Silverado
43 reviews
The Great Divide

Though we had both read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose some years back, now that we were in the thick of Lewis and Clark historical country here in Idaho, it was time for a major review. Spoil...

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  • dry camping
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets


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