"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Returning to Ketchum, Idaho

Ketchum, Idaho
North Fork BLM

We absolutely love the boondocking options along Hwy 75 in Eastern Idaho.  Well marked, usually easy to get to with big rigs an nearby water/dump/garbage options.  If you take North Fork Rd towards the Sawtooth National Rec Area Headquarters there are some great spots along the Big Woods River.  I would not drive much past the water/dump/garbage station as large turnarounds are not easy to come by.  Best to scope it out first. 
We were lucky to find a spot that would hold both of our rigs as it was 4th of July time.  We were only going to be here for a few days so we didn't mind too much where we ended up.  As it turned out, we got a pretty nice spot.  Not on the river, but the water was just past the pines.  Temps were good and comfortable too.

Here's a good map of where we were.  N Fork is right off Hwy 75 just north of the town of Ketchum. We took the left off to the red dot.  If you keep going down the main road you'll come to many other pull outs.
Hard packed dirt/gravel.  Yes, it's dusty too.
It was a snug fit but no one really comes down here.

Pretty purple sunsets.

Breakfast burritos on the patio.  Just enjoying the quiet of nature.

My brother started up his Traeger smoker and we headed off to check out the water. Later we did gobble down some great bbq'd beef.

The water had some nice holes but wasn't that easy to get to.

Further back we found some nice flat roads and easier access to the river in spots.

Not a lot out here but my brother did catch a few decent Brook Trout. 

If you have a smaller rig or tents the road takes you back to amazing spots along the river.  No cell once you get much past the water/dump station though.

Some gorgeous views of the Sawtooth Mountains.
The weather has been fickle with some threatening storms moving in and out quickly.  Steve and I hope to get a hike in along the river tomorrow in the Hemingway Boulders Wilderness.


  1. Another wonderful boondocking spot. One day we'll be able to forgo IL summers but for now elderly parents keep us tied there in the summers.

  2. Better to have small trout than no trout at all! Great spot.

    1. They weren't too bad for natives up in the smaller creeks though!


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