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Ponderosa Campground

Idaho is a state of unparalleled beauty, with steep forested peaks in its northern panhandle, Sun Valley (one of America’s first ski resorts) in the central region, and the impressive Snake River Canyon in the south. Each region has a unique splendor, and that’s definitely true of the north-central portion of the state where Payette Lake and the resort town of McCall are located. Not as crowded as the resort hubs of Sun Valley or Coeur d’Alene, but with many of the same great amenities, it’s the perfect place to take a motorhome camping vacation.Ponderosa State Park and Ponderosa Campground are just outside McCall, making it the ideal place to base yourself for an RV camping adventure. Positioned on a narrow peninsula jutting out into Payette Lake, you’ll have close to a 360-degree view of the glistening blue lake. The RV campground also offers full hookups (30/50 amp), picnic tables, fire rings, a dump station, and bathrooms.As would be expected from a resort town like McCall, recreational opportunities are numerous at Ponderosa Campground, including a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and boat launch for getting your canoe or kayak. Ponderosa Campground is also well positioned for exploring some of the other small towns in the north-central region with Highway 55 heading south towards Cascade Lake, Highway 95 going southwest to the Snake River and north through the mountains.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Outdoor lovers will have no shortage of activities to participate in when they book an RV in Valley County. McCall is perhaps most famous for its ski resorts, Tamarack and Brundage Mountain, both of which have excellent opportunities for summer recreation when you get an RV rental. Tamarack runs a zipline along with a mountain bike trail system, while Brundage has a scenic chair lift ride and disc golf course. Obviously, hiking either of them is an amazing experience with clear views down the now snowless runs.If you want to get out on the water, there are a few shops renting kayaks and canoes in McCall, and it’s only a short walk to the Payette Lake waterfront to launch them. Legacy Park on the eastern edge of McCall is great for swimming with a small sandy beach to lay out a few towels and umbrellas. If you’d like to hit the links while you’re camping, there’s an excellent golf course overlooking the lake.Those wanting to take a short road trip while camping in an RV near McCall should take a drive up to Zim Hot Springs on Highway 95. It’s near the town of New Meadows, less than half an hour's drive from McCall, and has some great geothermally fed pools that are a soothing balm on sore muscles after a day on the water or hiking through the woods.

Exploring the City

Ponderosa State Park is practically a part of McCall, with only ten minutes of roadway separating the two. So when you get a campsite at Ponderosa Campground, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of your time in McCall. That’s not a bad thing either; McCall has tons of great attractions and a pleasant atmosphere that lures tourists back year after year. One of the best ways to start your tour of the town is by browsing its farmer’s market, which is open half the week. It’s where you’ll find a variety of fresh fruits, baked goodies, and interesting crafts.If you’re curious as to how McCall became the cute little resort town that it is, check out the Central Idaho Historical Museum near the waterfront. It consists of a few buildings, including a log cabin, the fire warden’s house, and the historic city pump house. Exhibits are lovingly presented by enthusiastic guides with a treasure trove of knowledge about the area.For some great eats, one need only wander down East Lake Street (the road running parallel to Payette Lake) or North Third Street. While Idahoan cuisine goes far beyond the potatoes they’re famous for, most restaurants serve some form of down-home American dishes; there are a few Mexican restaurants and a sushi shop thrown in for good measure though.While a bit of a drive, a truly unique art experience can be had at the Antler Design Wildlife Gallery, about an hour's drive to the north, near the town of Riggins. Sculptures, furniture, and fascinating photography all focus on the majestic antlers of the moose and elk that make their home in this part of Idaho. While many of the pieces don’t come cheap, they would make a great rustic souvenir of your campervan rental vacation in Idaho.


Whether you’re on or off the grid, you have options when it comes to powering your RV. Here are the pros and cons for each.
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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.