Sun Valley is considered the most expensive community in Idaho. Celebrities and millionaires have made it their playground. It has kept its small town vibe with have more AirBNB rooms than hotel rooms. Some people love staying in town, but when you are in the most beautiful place in Idaho, it is nice to stay in nature and you can do so for free!
This area is quite friendly to the nomad lifestyle, as long as you respect the area and move on when your time limit is up. The most we have seen is 16 days and the least is 3 days. Tent, van and RVs are a great way to explore the area.
In my opinion, you can get better views, quieter places and more space when you find a camping spot in nature.
Beautiful Free Camping in Sun Valley, Idaho
If you head east out of town on highway 75 there is free camping right after Boundary Campground. Good for rigs towing and probably up to 35'. The roads get a bit rough but are still driveable.
You can head for miles out this way for some free camping. Small rigs and large rigs can find a place, including groups.
If you want to head North out of town on 75 there is free camping on Lake Creek. Again towing and big rigs are good but there is only one turn around spot and that is at the corral. If you do not have a high clearance small vehicle, do not go past that if it is full.
Then you can find free camping all the way to and throughout Stanley. Pictures with mountain views are some of our favorite and the Sawtooths are the best!
Another great thing about this area that shows that it is camper friendly, is the free dump and potable water station. There is one in Stanley and Sun Valley. The most beautiful stations you will ever see.
Please remember to practice Leave No Trace and follow all FIRE BANS. If we want to continue using our public lands we have to respect them. I am not sure why it needs to be said, but it does. We have been pleasantly surprised in this area with little trash.
When you head into town make sure to stop at Sawtooth Brewery!