Little Boulder Recreation Site

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Little Boulder Recreation Site


(208) 879-6200

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This campground is adjacent to the East Fork Salmon River, near the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and is often used as a staging area for the Boulder-White Clouds Trail.

The Challis Field Office offers a diversity of recreational sites and facilities for central Idaho visitors including five developed fee sites and ten non-fee, less developed sites. Developed fee sites include: Cottonwood Campground, East Fork Campground, Little Boulder Creek Campground, Mackay Reservoir Recreation Site and Bayhorse Campground. The newly renovated Mackay Reservoir Recreation Area/Joe T. Fallini Campground provides the most amenities to visitors.

An abundance of recreational activities are available in the Challis Field Office for people of all interests and age levels. Most recreation activity is concentrated in three areas: the East Fork Salmon River, the Main Salmon River and the Big Lost River System. The Salmon River Canyon offers outstanding recreational opportunities such as Class I and II water floating, fishing for steelhead and trout, big game hunting and nature viewing. Other popular activities in the area include: camping, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, wildlife viewing, backpacking, rockhounding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and OHV use.

Once proper precautions are taken, visitors can explore the expansive Idaho scenery without borders or restrictions. Visitors are also encouraged to explore off the beaten path and camping is allowed in non-designated areas on BLM land. But if you choose to do this, please remember to stay on established roads and trails, "leave no trace," and "pack out, what you pack in." Also, be prepared for wide temperature changes and dry conditions in this arid, high desert climate, and be alert for fire/fuels conditions and seasonal restrictions.

Map of Boulder White Clouds Trailhead Campground

Latitude, Longitude: 44.038244, -114.463806



  • Boating

    The segment of the Salmon River within the Challis Field Office (from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to upstream of Allison Creek) provides a calm, "family-friendly" float trip and its scenic beauty has been recognized for "Wild and Scenic River Designation." Floating season begins around mid-June but October offers floaters the best chance of seeing wildlife such as mountain lions, deer, bears and elk.

  • Camping

    Less developed campground. 3 campsites with picnic tables and unimproved fire rings. Drinking water. Picnic area. 1 vault toilet. Potable water (hand pump). Trailhead parking. Year-round use (depending on road closure status).

  • Fishing

    Access to great fishing in the area.

  • Hiking

    The campground is near the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and is often used as a staging area for the Boulder-White Clouds Trail.

  • Picnicking

    There is a great picnic area at the campground.



About 35 miles from Challis, Idaho. Travel south from Challis on Highway 93 for 2 miles. Turn right on Highway 75 and travel approximately 17 miles to the East Fork Salmon River Road. Turn left and stay on that road for approximately 20 miles. Little Boulder Recreation Site will be on your immediate left.

Phone Numbers


(208) 879-6200