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Location and Access

Buckhorn Bar Campground is located within the Payette National Forest in Idaho. The forest spans over 2.3 million acres of diverse and scenic terrain, including mountains, valleys, and river corridors.

To access the campground, visitors typically travel from the nearest significant town or city. Detailed directions are often provided by the Forest Service or can be found on maps and GPS devices. Accessibility can vary depending on the season due to snow or other weather-related conditions, so it’s important to check the current road status before planning your trip.

Camping and Facilities

Camping Spots: Buckhorn Bar Campground offers a number of campsites that are usually available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground may have tent and RV sites, with certain limitations on the length of RVs due to the size of sites and access roads.

Facilities: Basic facilities such as pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are available at most forest service campgrounds. However, water and electricity hookups are not commonly found in these rustic settings, so campers should come prepared to be self-sufficient.


Payette National Forest offers a variety of outdoor activities:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails within the forest of varying difficulty.
  • Fishing: Streams and rivers in the area may offer opportunities for fishing; check for specific regulations.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to diverse wildlife, and visitors may spot deer, elk, bears, and various bird species.
  • Water Sports: Proximity to water bodies allows for canoeing, kayaking, and sometimes swimming.

Reservations and Fees

Many campgrounds in national forests operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but some may offer reservations through the Recreation.gov website. It is advisable to check the current status of Buckhorn Bar Campground in advance.

A fee is typically required for overnight camping. The fees help maintain the facilities and services provided at the campground. Discounts may be available for holders of the Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass.

Rules and Regulations

When camping in national forests, it is important to follow all rules and regulations:

  • Fire Safety: Be aware of the current fire conditions and restrictions. Use designated fire rings, and never leave a fire unattended.
  • Trash: Pack out all garbage to maintain the cleanliness of the forest.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Pets: Pets should be under control at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: Observe quiet hours typically enforced from late evening to early morning.
  • Stay Limits: There may be limits on the number of consecutive days you can stay at the campground.

Weather and Preparedness

Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so campers should be prepared for a range of conditions. Check the forecast prior to departure and bring appropriate clothing and gear for both warm days and chilly nights. It is also wise to have a first-aid kit, sufficient water supply, and a map of the area.

Local Attractions

Besides the natural attractions within Payette National Forest, visitors may also explore:

  • Nearby towns with local history and culture.
  • Scenic byways and viewpoints.
  • Additional recreational areas within the forest or adjacent lands.

Contact Information

For the most accurate and updated information about Buckhorn Bar Campground, such as current conditions, closures, or specific regulations, contact the local ranger district office within the Payette National Forest. The official website of the U.S. Forest Service or the national forest can provide relevant contact details and resources.

Always remember to plan ahead and respect the natural environment to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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