Caribou Campground is located by the North Fork of the Big Wood River in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area on the southern edge of the Boulder Mountains. Check this Google map. The campground itself is okay, and the country on up the road is wild and beautiful. It is a place I would like to explore further one day.
Campsites: There are 7 tent / RV camping sites and each have a picnic table and fire ring with attached grill. The road, driveways and sites are dirt / gravel. The campground is set near the river and is in a mature forest with plenty of shade on most sites.
Host on Site: No.
Garbage Services: Yes.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is a vault style outhouse which was not the cleanest but not bad either.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible but not the campground.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood.
Pets: Are allowed but must be on a leash.
Picnic Area: No. You can make you own spot.
Recreation: Camping, fishing, photography, sight seeing and hunting are but a few recreational activities available to the camper at or near Murdock Campground. The surrounding mountain trails lead to high lakes and majestic vistas and offer access for the hikers, backpackers, and mountain bikers as well as for those folks with horses.
Fishing: There is North Fork of the Big Wood River and several other forks and small streams in the nearby mountains for a little trout fishing. The Amber Lakes are to the northwest among the mountain peaks. Looks like a fishing trip to them could be fun but they are at an elevation of 9360 feet, so be prepared.
Swimming: No, wading yes.
Wildlife: This is wild country so one could see most any big game animal near Murdock Campground. Deer, squirrels, many bird species would be common, while fox, coyote, wolves, elk and black bear live here but are harder to find.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; North Fork Campground, Murdock Campground and Wood River Campground. There are many free primitive camping sites on most of the secondary roads. There are a couple good ones further upstream.
Fee Schedule: The fee schedule as of April 2017 was $24.00 for a double site, $12.00 for a single site.
Campground Reservations: Caribou Campground is a first come first serve facility. There are no reservations here.
Phone service: We actually had 2 bars of reception on our ATT cell phone. The nearest pay phone is at the Sawtooth NRA Visitors Center.
Nearby Services: Ketchum offers the nearest location to purchase supplies if you run low on things like ice, food, gas or even marshmallows. You have to have your s'mores when you're camping!
RV Dumping Site: If you need the use of an RV dumping station, there is one on the road into the campground.
Location/Driving instructions: From Ketchum, Idaho, take Hwy 75 north toward Stanley. About 8 miles north of Ketchum, turn right onto the North Fork Road. You will pass Murdock Campground 1.3 miles north of the highway and the sign for Caribou Campground sign is 2.0 miles from the highway.
Elevation: 6480 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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