National Parks And More

2020 NATIONAL PARKS AND MORE

This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit. 

This circuit was scheduled to start in Twin Falls, ID in late May 2020 and loop around to Oregon, Montana and Wyoming before ending back in Idaho.  Once a circuit leader volunteers, any adjustments needed to the gatherings as circumstances dictate will be reflected on the website.  Highlights of the circuit are set to include visits to three spectacular national parks; Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. At these parks there will be lots of opportunities for hiking and viewing wildlife. Biking on several great trails including the Trail of the Hiawatha, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, and the Wood River Trail in Sun Valley. Attend July 4th celebrations in Coeur d’Alene and Labor Day during Wagon Days in Sun Valley. Other activities will include kayaking, hiking, boat tours, rafting, and of course sightseeing. This circuit will go forward only if someone volunteers to lead the circuit. 


Twin Falls, ID

May 28, 2020 to June 4, 2020
Activity Ideas

Shoshone Falls, Base Jumping near Visitors Center, 1975 jump site of Evil Kenival. Chobani and Cliff bar bakery tours. Biking around the town of Filer. Visit Miracle Hot Springs.

Parking Location

Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, 215 Fair Ave, Filer, ID

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS. $21.20/night or $100/Wk. for Electric. Dump and water available.

GPS Coordinates

N42.57176,W114.60407Click on link to see Google Map


Ontario, OR

June 4, 2020 to June 8, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit the Four Rivers Cultural Museum and the Japanese garden in Ontario, hike and/or bike the rails to trail along the Weiser River and drive to Vale to view the downtown murals. Take a drive through the Owyhee Canyon and visit the dam and hot springs.

Parking Location

Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914. Phone: (541) 889-3431

Directions and Other Information

From I-84, take Exit 376A to US-30 BUS W/E Idaho Ave in Ontario. Turn right onto US-30 BUS W/E Idaho Ave, then turn right onto NW 9th St. Dry camping is $10/night, $15 for electric and $20 Full hookup. Free dump and water on-site.

GPS Coordinates

N44.0365014,W116.9753386 Click on link to see Google Map


New Meadows, ID

June 8, 2020 to June 15, 2020
Activity Ideas

Hiking at Ponderosa SP, kayaking rivers & lakes, biking, shopping & restaurants in Mc Call, scenic drives, hot springs. Tour the Smokejumpers station in McCall. Ride the chair lift on Brundage Ski Resort.

Parking Location

Zims Hot Springs, 2995 Zims RD., New Meadows, ID 208-347-2686

Directions and Other Information

From New Meadows go north on Hwy. 94 for 4 miles. Then go west (left) on Circle C Lane (aka Zims Rd.) to hot springs. 12 E/W sites for $22 plus tax. Dry for $12 plus tax. Dump available.

GPS Coordinates

N45.038818,W116.2915373Click on link to see Google Map


Riggins, ID

June 15, 2020 to June 22, 2020
Activity Ideas

Hell’s Canyon jet boat ride, raft or jet boat on the Salmon River, scenic drives, hiking.

Parking Location

Short’s Bar BLM area (208-962-3245 Cottonwood Field Office)

Directions and Other Information

In Riggins turn east on Salmon River Road at south end of town. Approx. 1 mile up road.

GPS Coordinates

N45.413069,W116.302488Click on link to see Google Map


Lewiston, ID

June 22, 2020 to June 29, 2020
Activity Ideas

Hike at Hell’s Gate SP, take a walking tour of downtown Lewiston to see the amazing artworks, visit Hell’s Gate Canyon south of town, Salmon River, Nez Perce museum, wineries, jet boat up the canyon. Visit Rocking Chair Fire Lookout.

Parking Location

Lewiston Elks Lodge #896, 3444 Country Club Dr. Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 743-5591. If small group, Nisqually John Landing (on Corps of Eng) is possible, located 16 miles north-free.

Directions and Other Information

US-12 W, take Dike Bypass and Snake River Ave to Country Club Dr. The RV parking overlooks the beautiful Snake River. There are 10 parking spaces available with water and electricity only. Register at the office. $7/night for dry camping; $12/night for electricity. Free dump at Hells Gate State Park; and free dump at Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.

GPS Coordinates

N46.382104,W117.041910 Click on link to see Google Map


Coeur d’Alene/Hayden Lake, ID

June 29, 2020 to July 6, 2020
Activity Ideas

Take your bicycles to downtown Coeur d’Alene for a scenic ride to Harris Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Kayak and hike at Hayden Lake (English Point Yellow Loop trail is highly recommended). Take a walking tour of Couer d’ Alene, including the floating boardwalk, and follow the trail of Mudgy the Moose and hike Tubbs Hill. Visit the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch. Be kids again at the Triple Play Family Fun Park Indoor Raptor Reef Water Park. For those with dogs, McEuen Park and Dog Park is a lakeside park with recreation trails and an off-leash dog park for a fun romp. Listen to music in the evening at Hayden Lake City Park. Take a day trip to Farragut State Park to hike, swim in and around Lake Pend Orielle and visit the Naval Museum. Attend July 4th parade in CDA and watch fireworks.

Parking Location

Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge,1170 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. (208) 772-4049

Directions and Other Information

Dry camping in the overflow area is $5/night, electric hookups for $20/night. Thursday night is pizza and salad, all you can eat for $7 at the Lodge. The Eagle’s Lodge in Hayden Lake is an alternative Park:.

GPS Coordinates

N47.74409,W116.80284Click on link to see Google Map


Mullen, ID

July 6, 2020 to July 12, 2020
Activity Ideas

Hiawatha bike trail, Crystal Gold Mine near Kellog. Visit the historic town of Wallace and bike the Trail of Coeur d’Alene.

Parking Location

Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area.

Directions and Other Information

Exit 0 off I-90, turn right toward Northern Pacific Trail, then right on Northern Pacific Trail for .2 miles to Snow Park. Possible to stay at the lots near the Wallace High School, contact the City Hall for permission.

GPS Coordinates

N47.453260,W115.695519Click on link to see Google Map


Kalispell, MT

July 12, 2020 to July 20, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit Glacier Nat. Park, a great opportunity to see Grizzly Bears, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Marmots, Columbia Ground Squirrels and maybe an elusive Moose. The rivers and lakes are spectacular, and the hiking opportunities are endless. Not to mention the glaciers, of course!  Travel to Whitefish to souvenir shop, ride the zip line or barrel down the slope in an alpine sled. There is dancing in Columbia Falls and other locations around the area. Walk the downtown area of Kalispell for some great Montana history, good food, great coffee, and the best ice cream ever! 

Parking Location

Flathead County Fairgrounds, 265 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 406-758-5810

Directions and Other Information

From US-93, take the ramp to US Hwy 2 W, then turn left onto N Meridian Rd to arrive at the Fairgrounds. Dry $15, Elec. $20. For closer parking to Glacier, there are National Forests outside and east of the park and if reservations are made, group site EME2 at Emery Bay Campground, which can hold 15 motorhomes and 75 people. Emery Bay Campground is just 15 miles southwest of the West Glacier entrance into Glacier National Park.

GPS Coordinates

N48.204219,W114.329769Click on link to see Google Map


Missoula, MT

July 20, 2020 to July 26, 2020
Activity Ideas

Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, ice cream, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are fun to attend. Visit Lolo Hot Springs, Travelers Rest Visitors Center, and kayak Bitterroot River and bike the many trails in Missoula and visit the Adventure Cycling Association in downtown.

Parking Location

Speeds Towing, 4805 US Hwy 93S, Missoula, MT

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS. $10/night for drycamping. Dump, water and propane are available at Bretz RV & Marine.

GPS Coordinates

N46.8267907,W114.0723200 Click on link to see Google Map


Townsend, MT

July 26, 2020 to August 1, 2020
Activity Ideas

Canyon Ferry Dam boat tour, fishing, Visit Helena, Montana State Capitol to see the Charlie Russell gallery, the Historical Society and the Cathedral of St Helena and ride the Great Northern Carousel.

Parking Location

Canyon Ferry Lake, Silos CG., 7700 Canyon Ferry Rd, Helena, MT 406-475-3310

Directions and Other Information

Campground is 7 miles north of Townsend on US-287. Turn right on Silos Road. Go 1 mile, turn right (across from Canyon Ferry Airport, just past Cactus Ln. CG is 400’ on left. $5 w/senior pass.

GPS Coordinates

N46.40925,W111.57534Click on link to see Google Map


Red Lodge, MT

August 1, 2020 to August 5, 2020
Activity Ideas

Hiking, site see Beartooth Highway, visit town of Red Lodge

Parking Location

National Forest – primitive site will accommodate only 10-15 rigs.

Directions and Other Information

US-212 ~10 mi S Red Lodge to MM 59. Turn is marked as Lions Camp & Lake Fork Trail. After turning, you can see FR-2346 sign, go over a bridge, go ~200′, TL across creek bridge. Other possible parking closer to Livingston are the Park County Fairgrounds or the Loch Leven CG, 9miles south of Livingston on Hwy 540.

GPS Coordinates

N45.081976,W109.377801Click on link to see Google Map


Cody, WY

August 5, 2020 to August 10, 2020
Activity Ideas

The biggest attraction in Cody is the Buffalo Bill Historic Center, which contains five world-class museums. Checkout gunfights in town and the Buffalo Bill Dam. Visit Heart Mountain WWII National Historic Site, where 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined during the war. Dancing at Cassie’s in town.

Parking Location

Mountain View Community Church, 2926 Big Horn Ave. Cody, WY

Directions and Other Information

Circuit Leader needs to call the church at (307) 587-5437 to confirm availability. Arrive with empty holding tanks and full water tank. Dump and water at Municipal Public RV Dump., 2301 26th St. (just north of highway 14). Dump is free. Water is coin operated for RV’s. Propane at V1, 92 Belfry “highway 120”. DO NOT TAKE HIGHWAY 14A TO CODY !!!!! VERY STEEP GRADE

GPS Coordinates

N44.532489,W109.032170 Click on link to see Google Map


Riverton, WY

August 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit Hot Springs at Thermopolis. Bike the Wyoming Heritage Trail, a 22-mile rail trail from Riverton to Shoshoni, WY. Visit the Riverton Museum with exhibits on the Wild, Wild West and Mining. See artifacts and artwork of the Northern Arapaho at the Casino. Visit St. Stephens Mission or take a Hot Air Balloon ride.

Parking Location

Wind River Casino, 10269 Wyoming 789, Riverton, WY 82501 307 856-3964

Directions and Other Information

From Riverton, go 2miles south on WY-789, arrive at Casino on the right. Dry camping free in parking lot, Electric available in Campground for $25.

GPS Coordinates

N42.996854,W108.383993Click on link to see Google Map


Jackson, WY (Grand Tetons NP)

August 14, 2020 to August 21, 2020
Activity Ideas

Teton hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and shopping and eating in Jackson. Great biking from the campground to Jackson and to Jenny Lake.

Parking Location

Gros Ventre Campground, 100 Gros Ventre Campground Rd, Kelly, WY

Directions and Other Information

From Moran, take US Hwy 191S, go 23 miles, at the traffic circle take the 3rd exit onto Gros Ventre Rd, go 4.6mi and turn right onto Gros Ventre CG Rd. Try for last loop to left. Dump & water available. $29 or $14.50 with Senior Pass per night for dry camping. This campground is first come, first served, and fills early

GPS Coordinates

N43.6155,W110.6656 Click on link to see Google Map


West Yellowstone, ID

August 21, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Activity Ideas

Explore and enjoy all the wonders that Yellowstone has to offer; there are too many to name. Take a walking tour of West Yellowstone and visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the West Yellowstone Visitor Center for information on the Park and Ranger talks. Visit Earthquake Lake, kayak in Hebgen Lake and on the Madison River.

Parking Location

Bakers Hole Campground, (406)823-6961, West Yellowstone, MT

Directions and Other Information

Three miles northwest of West Yellowstone on US 191. $16/night; some sites have electric (30 and 50 amp); senior discount applies. First come, first served.

GPS Coordinates

N44.539012,W110.330562Click on link to see Google Map


Idaho Falls, ID

August 29, 2020 to September 3, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit the Museum of Idaho, the Idaho Potato Museum and the Japanese Pavilion on a Island in the Snake River that honors Idaho Fall’s sister city of Tokai-Mura. Walk or bike the Snake River Greenbelt. Take a ride on a llama at the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. Take in a minor league baseball game with the Chukars. Check out the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and the ARTitorium on Broadway.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1087, 640 E Elva St, Idaho Falls, ID  (208) 522-6371

Directions and Other Information

$10/night for 4 sites with 20AMP, need to verify is drycamping is permitted. City dump available nearby. Additional RV Parking at the South Tourist Park, 2800 S Yellowstone, Idaho Falls. 16sites at $15/night.

GPS Coordinates

N43.50364,W112.02028Click on link to see Google Map


Carey, ID (Sun Valley)

September 3, 2020 to September 10, 2020
Activity Ideas

Spend Labor Day in Sun Valley and experience Wagon Days. Explore Craters of the Moon National Monument. Visit the Silver Creek Preserve and take a free audio walking tour. Kayak Silver Creek. Tour the fish hatchery and go fishing. Bike the trails from Bellevue to Sun Valley. Check out the Bow and Arrow walking bridge near the Lions Park in Hailey. Visit Sawtooth National Recreation Area and take a drive up Hwy 75 to visit the quaint town of Stanley ID.

Parking Location

Hayspur Fish Hatchery, Carey, ID. Manager is Greg Anderson -Phone (208) 788-2847.

Directions and Other Information

From Carey, junction of Hwy 20 and 26, go West on US 20 about 11 miles and turn right on Fish Hatchery Road. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N43.335838,W114.146172Click on link to see Google Map