Scout Mountain Campground
Forest Service / BLM
Number of Sites: 29
About: Scout Mountain Campground is located on beautiful Scout Mountain at an elevation of 6,900 feet just 13 miles south of Pocatello, Idaho. Douglas firs, white pines and aspens forest the site, offering partial shade, and summer wildflowers are abundant. The paved 1-mile Scout Mountain Nature Trail loops the campground, leading to several overlooks. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and dirt biking are popular activities in the area; East Fork Mink Creek Trail begins within the site and Crestline Trail is nearby.
This campground contains one large group site for up to 100 people, with picnic tables, serving tables, BBQ grills, a fire ring with benches, and parking. Single, double, and triple-family sites are available as well, with picnic tables, fire rings, lantern posts, and tent pads. Some sites have stairs from the parking spur to the site pad. Vault toilets and potable water are provided but there is no garbage service. This is a pack it in, pack it site. A campground host is located on-site; firewood is available for purchase.
Cherry Springs Nature Area is less than six miles from the campground, with its pretty namesake spring, a stream for fishing, paved self-guided nature trails, and picnic facilities. Mink Creek Nordic Center is about five miles away, with hiking and horse trails in summer months and groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter.
Fees: See Forest Service website
Restrooms: Vault Toilet
Directions: Take I-15 to Exit 63, south of Pocatello. Follow the white-on-brown Mink Creek Recreation Area signs to Bannock Highway (2 miles). Turn south (left) up the canyon. Go 4.5 miles to the East Fork Mink Creek road and turn left. Go 5.3 miles up East Fork Mink Creek road to Scout Mountain Campground. The road is paved all the way, but there are switchbacks on the road. Motor homes can make it okay.
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