Federal Gulch Campground is located along the East Fork of the Big Wood River about 4 miles from the 10,563 ft. Gray's Peak in the Pioneer Mountains. Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho, are only fifteen miles or so to the northwest. Federal Gulch Trail #169 leads from here past Gray's Peak and to points beyond. If you follow the road past Federal Gulch Campground, it takes you toward Sunshine and Mascot Mines.
Campsites: We found 3 campsites but there is room for primitive camping opportunities. One site only had a fire ring while two others had one or two picnic tables. The two with tables are in a grassy meadow along the river while the other one is under the trees next to the trail.
Host on Site: No.
Garbage Services: No.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is a vault style outhouse which was clean and well maintained when we visited.
Handicap Accessible: The only thing handicap accessible is the outhouse.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own.
Pets: We saw no pet stipulations.
Picnic Area: No.
Recreation: Camping, hiking, photography, horseback riding and rock climbing. The nearby mountains provide the primary recreation through hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. One could also mountain bike into some rugged country from here.
Fishing: The East Fork of the Big Wood River is pretty small here, but one could certainly try. Check the regulations for local restrictions.
Wildlife: Deer, elk, bear, wolves, mountain goat and lion all live near here.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Sawmill Campground, Deer Creek Campground, Boundary Campground, North Fork Campground and Wood River Campground. There are other free campsites scattered about. One such area is east from Sun Valley on Trail Creek Road about 5 miles on Corral Creek.
Fee Schedule: Free as of May 2017.
Campground Reservations: Federal Gulch Campground is a first come first serve facility, no reservations.
Phone service: No.
Nearby Services: Ketchum, Idaho has all the supplies and services a camper may need such as food, gas, propane, pop and candy.
RV Dumping Site: No, there is one at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitors Center north of Ketchum about 10 miles.
Location/Driving instructions: From Ketchum, Idaho, take Hwy 75 south 5.7 miles to a left turn onto the East Fork Wood River Rd. As you follow the East Fork Wood River Rd, it becomes the East Fork Rd and is very narrow. Federal Gulch Campground is 11.5 miles and on your right side.
Elevation: 7751 Feet
Reviewed: July 2010
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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