The 625 mile road trip from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Boise, Idaho, can be done on a weekend, or over a few days during the week, and makes a great RV road trip.
Starting from Las Vegas, enjoy the exciting nightlife and lights of the strip, casinos, live entertainment, and fine dining, or wilderness playgrounds like Red Rock Canyon National Park to the west, or Lake Mead Recreation Area to the west, where you can hike, boat, and enjoy fabulous scenery and wildlife, then head north to Boise. Take Interstate 15 northeast to junction 64, then north on Highway 93 to Crystal Springs, Nevada. From Crystal Springs take Highway 318 north to route 6, then head north on Highway 6 to Twin Falls, Idaho, followed by Interstate 84, northwest to your Boise destination.
While staying in Las Vegas, you can camp at Red Rock Canyon National Park, or the Lake Mead Recreation Area which has several campgrounds that accommodate RVs. It is very hot in Las Vegas most of the year, and visitors here should be prepared for the heat, with sunscreen and sunhats, and ensure they have a place to cool down if necessary. If you are camping without electrical hookups, a generator to run your air conditioning may be in order. Looking to stay right in the thick of things with plenty of amenities? RV camp at the Las Vegas KOA which has numerous facilities including a pool to cool down on hot Las Vegas days.
Your road trip takes you though Twin Falls, Idaho, famous for its site on the wild and wonderful Snake River. Visitors passing by Twin Falls should stop at the Shoshone Falls. Billed as “the Niagara of the West” this should not be missed.
The falls are 212 feet tall and 100 feet wide, and at high water, during the spring and early summer, they put on quite the show, with 20,000 cubic feet per second during wet years. Later in the year and during dry seasons, the flow is reduced to 300 cubic feet per second.
Spectators from the viewpoint above the falls on the Snake River Canyon Trail, or from the base at Centennial Park, can witness the amazing power of the falls. Be sure to bring a camera, and keep a tight grip, to capture this wonder of nature.
Looking to stay overnight in the Twin Falls area, stay at the Twin Falls/Jerome KOA or the Rock Creek RV Park which is run by the local county. The KOA and county campground have RV hookups, and the KOA has plenty of amenities.
While heading north past Wells, Nevada, visit the Metropolis Ghost Town, just 15 miles north of town. This Ghost Town is unique in that it is not an abandoned mining town, like so many other ghost towns, but was a planned community based on local agricultural activities. Due to the lack of reliable water supply for farming, the endeavor was not successful, and no one currently resides in the town, but left behind are the remnants of many interesting structures.
The remains of the Lincoln School, dating back to 1919, is the most prominent structure and is visible for miles in the desert landscape. Today the arch at the former entrance is a distinct and unlikely feature for an abandoned ghost town. Use caution when exploring the ruins; the school basement is accessible from a set of concrete stairs, but be aware that much of the ground floor is in a state of collapse, with holes that people can easily fall through.
Just east of the school is the remnants of the Hotel Metropolis, once a three-story building, though all that remains today is the foundation. There is also a cemetery southwest of town behind the cattle-gate; this area is accessible on foot, or with high clearance vehicles. There are some ranches in the surrounding area, and the sound of cattle lowing can be heard in the distance, adding to the eerie feel of this interesting site.
A great way to beat the Las Vegas heat is just east of the city at the Lake Mead Recreation Area. The recreation area covers 200 square miles around beautiful Lake Mead and the reservoir. The lake has fabulous swimming beaches, great watersports, boating, and even scuba diving opportunities, and a fabulous landscape with forested areas, canyons, valleys, and mountains. There are hundreds of plant and animal species that thrive in this desert oasis.
In addition to natural areas, there are 23 historic structures, and 1300 archaeological sites making this an excellent place to camp, discover, and play. Hike on one of the many hiking trails in the recreation area, which are rated from easy, for families and those looking for a leisurely stroll, to strenuous, for ardent hiking enthusiasts. Reservation camping for RVs is available at Willow Beach Campground, with 28 full hookup sites, showers, laundry facilities, a restaurant, convenience shop, Wi-Fi, fishing pier, boat launch, and marina. RV length is limited to 40 feet.
First-come, first-serve sites can also be found at Katherine Landing Campground, Cottonwood Cove Campground, Temple Bar Campground, Las Vegas Bay Campground, Echo Bay Campground, Callville Bay Campground and Boulder Beach Campground.
Arriving at your destination in Boise, Idaho, you can camp near town at the Boise/Meridian KOA, or at the vast Sawtooth National Forest where several excellent campgrounds accommodating RVs are located. RVers will also find a nearby campground at the Lucky Peak Lake where they can stay at Macks Creek Campground. Boise has beautiful parks to enjoy, and the Boise River Greenbelt where you can take a wonderful stroll down the river though the lush greenery.
Visitors will find no shortage of attractions in Boise. During your stay, take in the Aquarium of Boise, Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, World Center for Birds of Prey and a unique Whitewater Park for “green water” surfing. There are also local markets, shops, restaurants, and art galleries in the downtown area of the city, which provides great shopping opportunities.