Sunny Gulch Campground is a public campground located by the Salmon River in Stanley, Idaho. The forested campground overlooks the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains and provides a prime location for fishing and hiking in a serene, well-maintained environment.
The campground features 45 sites, eight of which are double sites. Most of the campsites are available on a first-come-first-served basis, but nine single-family sites and one double site can be reserved ahead of time as well. The beautiful campground is surrounded by untamed wilderness, but its facilities, such as the drinking water and vault toilets, are well-maintained. There is a large sheltered picnic area by the campground’s entrance that is available for day use. It is equipped with a grill, a Dutch oven, and eight picnic tables for patrons to enjoy.
The campsites are partially shaded thanks to the mature lodgepole pines growing within and around the campground. They also offer enough privacy for patrons to walk their dogs in peace without worrying about bothering other campers. Although pets are welcome, dogs need to remain leashed at all times during their stay. The campground’s surface is grassy, but the roads and RV parking spots are paved. Single sites cost $18 per night, and double sites are $36 per night.
In terms of activities, in addition to fishing for several types of trout, the campground's patrons have easily accessible hiking trails nearby. These include the Idaho Centennial Trail and Alpine Way Trail, which is less than a mile away from the campground. For water activities, the Redfish Lake and the Stanley Lake offer plenty of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and water skiing. If you visit the area in July, make sure to check out the Arts and Crafts fair, while in September popular events include the Salmon Festival and the Quilt Fair. This is a great campground for long weekends away from the city, especially since campground stays cannot exceed ten days at a time.