Last Updated on 11/23/2023 by Glynn Willard



Coordinates For The Abandoned Campground

 
42°40’09.7″N 112°13’01.1″W
 
Indian Rocks at one time was a private campground, but it closed. Now it’s an abandoned campground.

Eventually the Bureau of Land Management took over the land.

This is a great overnight location if you need to stop and rest.

It’s also full of some cool history, so make the time to explore.
 

 

    Indian Rocks BLM

  1. Time Of Year We Visited This Part Of Idaho
  2.  
    Late June.
     

  3. Permit Required To Camp At Indian Rock?
  4.  
    No.
     

  5. Government Agency
  6.  
    Bureau of Land Management
     

  7. Presence Of Law Enforcement On This BLM Land
  8.  
    We stayed five nights and did not notice any law enforcement.
     

  9. Road Conditions In And Out Indian Rock
  10.  
    The road is passable by any type of vehicle.

    There are a few large ruts and depressions, but any vehicle can navigate around the poor road conditions.
     

  11. Is The Abandoned Campground Big Rig Friendly?
  12.  
    Yes, this location is big rig friendly.

    There are spots of all sizes especially further back where the original campground was located.

    The end forms a loop, so there will be no issue turning any type of large rig around.
     
    Dispersed Camping Indian Rocks ID
     

  13. Cell Strength & Carriers Around Interstate 15
  14.  
    Since the site is right next to the interstate (15), all carriers are well represented.

    Our data and phones were super fast, so we spent a lot of time getting work done and videos uploaded.
     

  15. Starlink Friendly Sky View At Indian Rock?
  16.  
    Yes, there’s a clear view of the horizon except for the small range to the east.

    But you will not need Starlink in this dispersed camping site.
     

  17. How Are The Crowds Around Indian Rock?
  18.  
    There was a lot of coming and going and many of the small spots were occupied by van life campers.

    The larger spots had several Class A’s and there were a few tents here and there.

    Everyone we encountered was pleasant and friendly.

    It seemed to be a popular area for equestrians. There were quite a few on horseback.

    There was also some traffic coming just to see the historical petroglyphs at Indian Rocks.
     
    Indian Rocks BLM
     

  19. Did We Feel Safe Boondocking At The Abandoned Campground?
  20.  
    We felt safe. There were no suspicious characters.

    In fact, everyone was friendly.
     

  21. Wildlife And Insects In This Part Of Idaho
  22.  
    There were no pesky insects to disrupt our time outdoors.

    We did not encounter any wildlife in this spot likely due to the proximity to the highway.
     

    Horseback riders frequented this road.


     

  23. Dump Station And Potable Water Near Indian Rock BLM?
  24.  
    There’s a free city dump and potable water station just north of the BLM site in Pocatello.

    The coordinates are:

    42.850760, -112.421031

    There was no one there and the water was very good.
     

  25. Interpretation And Review Of Dispersed Camping At Indian Rock
  26.  
    Abandoned campground in Idaho
     
    When we first pulled in, we cringed thinking it was not suitable.

    But after stopping and walking back to check the road conditions, I was pleasantly surprised.

    The sites we’re suitable and other campers nearby waved and said hello.

    We took the first site on the right, which was technically the parking lot for the petroglyphs.

    Initially, we thought it was a bad move, but everyone who parked there was friendly.

    Then a huge Class A pulled up in front of us and we made quick friends. We talked motorcycles since the were trailering two Indian bikes.

    We shared a few good meals and enjoyed the joys of fulltime RV living.

    The town of Pocatello also served us well to get some tire work done on our trailer during our stay.

    I highly reccommend this BLM site!
     
    Find this spot on Boondocker’s Bible boondocking locations map here.

 
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