CP Campground Review – Juniper Campground, Ririe, ID
A lovely green, quiet and inexpensive overnight County Campground located ~20 miles from Idaho Falls in SE ID.
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
Generally very nice site quality here except for one major ding. Sites are arranged in 3 main loops (A, B and the newest C loop) and are all paved, either back-in or pull-through with a mix of hookups from primitive to full (50amp/water/sewer). Generally very good separation and lovely green sitting areas with picnic table (concrete or metal) and fire-pit surrounded by juniper bushes and grass. Main ding is site levelness. Almost all sites are long enough to fit the largest rigs, but several are far too unlevel and/or narrow, especially some of the inner back-in sites in A loop, and a few of the pull-throughs in B & C section. Only 3 sites have water views (10, 12, 14) of which #10 (primitive) has the absolute best view, with #14 (30amp/water) coming in second. The rest of the sites have views of juniper bushes and green. Pricing is excellent at $10 for primitive, $18 for FHU.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Generally nice facilities here. There are flush toilets and spacious showers in every loop. The showers have those annoying spray heads and are a tad dated, but otherwise decent water pressure/temp. All are kept clean. No dump station however.
- Location = 3.5/5
This park is a bit “out there” near the Juniper Dam Recreation Area. There is really not much around the park itself, but it is very quiet and a do-able 20 miles from Idaho Falls which has all the shopping, grocery and eating you could want. The campground itself has a large green field area and boat access to the water down the road.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent location for doggie. Lots of space around camp, plus is a large, green field area where you can walk around/play. No easy access to the water at the dam however, so no swimming for doggie.
Overall Rating = 3.9
BONUS ALERT = Green & quiet camp for only $18 FHU!
Summary: We were looking for a quiet and easy overnight on Hwy 26 and this campground fit the bill. It’s a county park located by the Juniper Dam Recreation Area and provides a very quiet and lusciously green retreat in an otherwise very dry landscape. The campground itself consists of 3 loops and has paved sites which are very nicely spaced-out and mixed together with grass & juniper bushes. There is very little shade (the juniper bushes provide spots of low-lying shade for the sitting area, but limited shade for the RV) & it can get very hot in summer, but many sites have full hookups (either 30 or 50 amp/water/sewer), plus prices are outstanding (only $18 for FHU!). Most sites have no view of the water except for sites 10,12,14 which have lovely views. Sitting areas are large and green (the sprinklers go on nightly) with picnic table and fire-pit, plus there is a lovely large green field area to walk doggie. The main ding is that some of the sites are far too unlevel for bigger rigs, especially some of the inner back-ins in A loop, and a few of the pull-throughs in B & C. However there are a good selection of sites that will fit any size and the campground is rarely full during the week (it does seem to get busier on the weekends). Overall we found this to be very quiet and the perfect spot to stop for a few nights while we rested and stocked up in Idaho Falls. I wouldn’t call this a destination location, but it’s a great place to overnight and we’ll definitely stay here again if we pass through the area.
Extra Info: We had 3 bars of very stable Verizon LTE (non-boosted) and somewhat variable 2 bars of ATT LTE (it seemed to waver through the day). 61 total sites of which 4 are primitive ($10/night) and the rest are a mix of 30amp or 50amp/water/sewer ($18/night). Sites are reservable by calling ahead (extra $2), but apparently it’s iffy on whether you get answered or called back. If not reserved ahead of time, the sites are managed as first-come-first-serve. No dump station.
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