Upper Penstemon Campground is only .3 mile upstream from Lower Penstemon Campground. It is set on a gentle forested slope. There is a hiking trail coming in at the lower end and going out at the top of the campground. These trails would be fun to explore. The elevation is over 6600 feet so the nights will normally be cool. The days may get hot but there is plenty of shade here.
Campsites: Upper Penstemon Campground has 9 campsites available. Each has a picnic table and fire ring. Site 3 has an extra long table, site 5 has two tables ,and site 4's fire ring is a primitive stone ring.
Host on Site: No.
Water: There is a pressurized water system and the water was clean and cold.
Garbage Services: By calling the forest service office, I found there is a dumpster in one of the parking lots near Diamondfield Jack Campground.
Electricity Available: No.
Restroom: There is one vault style outhouse which was clean and well stocked. Each door had some minor damage but still useable.
Handicap Accessible: The outhouse is handicap accessible.
Firewood: You will need to provide your own firewood.
Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Picnic Area: None.
Recreation: Camping, birding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting and wildlife viewing are activities in this area. There are many trails in the mountains from here.
Fishing: I heard talk of some very good trout fishing but you had to find the remote streams to find it.
Wildlife: Deer are common here and one could also see elk, fox, coyote and small woodland animals. Birds are abundant, I saw many small birds around the campground.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have review for these nearby campgrounds; Schipper Campground, Steer Basin Campground, Lower Penstemon Campground, Upper Penstemon Campground, Porcupine Springs Campground, FS Flats Campground, Diamondfield Jack Campground and Pettit Campground. Plus Harrington Fork Picnic Area.
Fee Schedule: The daily fee is $8.00 per day for each site. No extra vehicle or day use fees were listed.
Campground Reservations: This is a first come first served campground.
Phone service: None.
Nearby Services: Rock Creek General Store is the nearest source of supplies or services. They offer food at their cafe, a convenience store, gas and propane. For further information call them at 208-423-5659.
Location/Driving instructions: From Twin Falls follow this Google Map.
Elevation: 6673 Feet
Reviewed: June 2011
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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