BUFFALO (IDAHO), ID

Buffalo Campground is located 26 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana and 25 miles north of Ashton, Idaho in beautiful Island Park, Idaho. Buffalo is a large campground just off U.S. Highway 20 on the banks of the Buffalo River at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Visitors love Island...
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  • Wildlife Caution
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • A $7 fee for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground
  • No ATVs/OHVs allowed in the campground
  • This campground has first come, first served sites
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Overview

Overview

Buffalo Campground is located 26 miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana and 25 miles north of Ashton, Idaho in beautiful Island Park, Idaho.

Buffalo is a large campground just off U.S. Highway 20 on the banks of the Buffalo River at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Visitors love Island Park for its world-class fishing and outstanding scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Natural Features:

Island Park is composed of two areas of extinct volcanic activity. The Henry's Fork Caldera sits inside the larger Island Park Caldera. The area is known for its dense forests of lodgepole pine, broad grassy meadows bursting with summer wildflowers and a wide variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears, moose, elk, deer, bald eagles, Sandhill cranes and much, much more.

The campground lies alongside the Buffalo River, created by a large spring just 4.5 miles away. The Buffalo is a tributary of the Henry's Fork, and flows into it just 2 miles east of the campground. Brook and rainbow trout are plentiful in the Buffalo and a variety of waterfowl and wildlife frequents the river corridor.

Recreation:

The Island Park area is renowned for its fishing; the Henry's Fork is known as one of the nation's best fly-fishing streams. Anglers cast for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout and Kokanee salmon. Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake are nearby, both offering boating, water skiing and excellent fishing opportunities.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATVing are popular activities. Many miles of trails are in the area, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Nez Perce Trail.

The Big Springs National Recreation Water Trail offers an approximately three-hour float or canoe trip through beautiful scenery. Wildlife, including moose, bald eagles and Sandhill cranes, are often seen along the trail.

Facilities:

The campground offers has six loops of single family sites and one loop for group camping, for a total of 127 sites, 50 of which are reservable. The large group site can accommodate 150 people. One loop has electric hook-ups and all loops are paved.

Accessible flush and vault toilets are provided, as is drinking water and trash collection. A separate parking area is located at the accessible fishing dock and viewing platforms on the east end of the campground.

Ponds Lodge is just across the highway and has fuel, groceries and other amenities.

Nearby Attractions:

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is 7 miles south of the campground. This 28-mile road leads to scenic overlooks and trails at 110 foot Upper Mesa Falls and 85 foot Lower Mesa Falls.

Harriman State Park is 8 miles south. The Henry's Fork meanders through the Harriman, offering excellent fishing. Over 20 miles of trails are available, and wildlife is abundant in this scenic park.

Henry's Lake State Park is 11 miles north, offering fishing, a fish cleaning station and boat ramp.

Yellowstone National Park's west entrance is just 26 miles north in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. Visitors enjoy day-tripping to the park for unparalleled wildlife viewing and the beautiful and unique scenery.

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GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Wed Oct 29 2014 - Thu Oct 22 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Wed Oct 29 2014 - Wed Apr 22 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Wed Oct 29 2014 - Wed Apr 22 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Sep 21 2015
Walk In Tue Sep 22 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Host
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Rafting
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Sep 21 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$30.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $80.00-$160.00
Walk In Season
Sep 22 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$30.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $80.00-$160.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.42639, -111.36889
44°25'35"N, 111°22'8"W

From West Yellowstone, Montana, take U.S. Highway 20 south for 26 miles.

From Ashton, Idaho: Take U.S. Highway 20 north for 25 miles. The campground entrance is .25 miles north of Ponds Lodge on the east side of the highway.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BUFFALO (IDAHO)
HIGHWAY 20
ISLAND PARK  ID  83429

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)558-7658
Additional Information