The tiny town of Stanley, Idaho (population 63), is located in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain country and a short distance from four large wilderness areas. The area has incredible recreation opportunities, including hiking, horse packing, mountain biking, river running, lake activities, and just kicking back and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Some of the best camping options in the area are the four little campgrounds located just east of Stanley along the Salmon River: Salmon River, Casino Creek, Riverside and Mormon Bend. They all have their own character and features, but all are very nice campgrounds.
Casino Creek is the only one of the four that is located on the south side of the Salmon River, and it has a bridge to cross over from the highway. This campground is laid out in one long road with most sites on the river side of the road. The sites are mostly quite large and nicely shaded. The river is nearby, but most of the sites don’t have good views of the river, and access is through thick vegetation. Being far from the highway, this may be the quietest of the four campgrounds. This is also the only one with trailheads for hiking. Like the others, vault toilets and hand-pumped water are the only amenities.
All four of these campgrounds are first-come, first-served only, and the best sites fill up early.