Idaho is the perfect place to set out on an RV adventure. Grab your Meridian, ID RV rental and explore the city and surrounding area. Travel trailers are by far the most popular option for RVs in the area, available starting at under $100 a night. There are also 5th wheel trailers, starting at about $100 a night, and pop-up trailers starting at as low as $65 a night. If you prefer a drivable option, get a Class A or Class C starting at around $200 per night, or a Class B starting at just under $300 a night. The date, size, and features you need may affect your price.
Meridian is a suburb of Boise, ID, one of the few large cities in the state. As the capital, Boise has a wide variety of museums, cultural attractions, food, and so much more. This makes it a popular starting point for many great RV adventures, including the Boise to Reno trip. While near Boise, you'll want to check out the Idaho Botanical Garden, Camel's Back Park, or the Boise Zoo. Check out some history by visiting the Boise Train Center and Old Idaho Penitentiary. Or, visit some local museums like the Idaho State Museum, Aquarium of Boise, or the Boise Art Museum. Boise is the perfect place to spend a few hours enjoying a park or catching a meal, or you can take a few days to stay and just explore.
Due west of Meridian on I-84 lies the city of Nampa, ID, the largest city in Canyon County and is worth taking a day to explore. You'll enjoy several parks and nature areas, including Wilson Springs Ponds, Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, and the Nampa Dog Park. Learn some history with the Warhawk Air Museum and the Canyon County Historical Museum. Or, take in local beauty and artisan wine at the Sawtooth Winery.
Head southeast on I-84 for about an hour, and you'll find yourself in Mountain Home. The area is most known for the Mountain Home Air Force Base, home of the 366th Fighter Wing. But don't let that intimidate you, there is so much to do in the area, you could easily spend a week exploring the natural attractions around the city. It's seldom you can easily explore volcanic craters, but that's the opportunity at the Crater Rings National Monument, a few miles to the northwest. Take a dip year-round in the Prince Albert Hot Springs, about 30 minutes east in Glenns Ferry.
Meridian is the second-largest city in Idaho, with a population of more than 117,000 residents. Originally started as a homestead, Meridian was organized as an Internal Order of Odd Fellows lodge in 1893. However, it wasn't officially incorporated until 1903, after the Settler's Irrigation Ditch turned the area into a productive farming region. Now, the biggest draw to Meridian is not only the proximity to Boise but also the number of nature destinations nearby. About three hours to the northeast, you'll find the Boise National Forest. This forest covers over 2.5 million acres, with numerous designated swimming areas, plus over 1,200 miles of trails through varying terrain.
You don't even have to leave Meridian for great places to stretch your legs. You'll want to explore the Boise River Greenbelt, with 25 miles of riverside pedestrian and bicycle paths. The entire park spans 850 acres. If you want to stroll shops and eateries, check out the downtown area. You'll enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Generations Plaza and a variety of cuisine from the Slycebox for pizza to the unique Basque cuisine at Epi's.
If you're visiting over the winter, be sure to explore Bogus Basin, about an hour northeast of Meridian. This is the second-largest ski area in Idaho, spanning 2,600 skiable acres, with 80 runs and 10 lifts. This particular area is unique in that it's run by a non-profit, so nearly 100% of the proceeds go back into maintenance, equipment, facilities, and community outreach. Check out our local guide to Boise for even more information on the area.
Twin Falls, ID - Anyone traveling from southeast Idaho will pass through Twin Falls, making it a great place to stretch your legs, refuel, resupply, or even take a couple of days to relax.
30+ Gas Stations
2 Rest Areas
2 Nearby National Forests
4 Nearby State Parks
12 Nearby RV Parks
16 Dump Stations within 20 miles
Huntington, OR - When coming from the west on I-84, you'll run through the small town of Huntington. Not only is this a great place to catch a meal and refuel, but come at the right time and enjoy the fall Celtic & Highland Games or the summer pioneer celebrations.
3 Gas Stations
1 Rest Areas
5 Nearby National Forests
10 Nearby State Parks
13 Nearby RV Parks
2 Dump Stations within 20 miles
Elko, NV - If you're taking the scenic route on state highways from Boise to Las Vegas, you'll run through Elko, NV. Located about 4 hours south of Meridian, it's a great place to spend the night or catch a meal at one of the unique local favorites like the Ogi Deli.
20+ Gas Stations
8 Nearby RV Parks
8 Dump Stations within 20 miles
The closest national park to Meridian is Yellowstone National Park, which is about a six-hour drive from Meridian during good weather. This is one of the most iconic national parks in the country, spanning nearly 3,500 square feet with attractions like the famous Old Faithful geyser, Morning Glory Pool, the Grand Prismatic Spring, or the mud pots. You'll also have more than 900 miles of hiking trails to explore and watch some remarkable wildlife such as bison, otters, grizzly bear, and an assortment of goats, deer, moose, and elk.
About halfway between Meridian and Yellowstone National Park is the Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. This area is an ancient lava bed that spans over 700,000 acres and gives you the opportunity to hike some challenging terrain. Let's not forget about the four different caves you'll enjoy exploring during the 1.6 mile Caves Trail. Just be certain you stop by the visitor's center to pick up your free caves permit.
Head about four hours northwest from Meridian, and you'll find the Nez Perce National Historical Park. This 4,500-acre park consists of 38 sites that are important to the history and culture of the Nimiipuu people. These sites include the Old Chief Joseph Gravesite, Bear Pay Battlefield, and Canoe Camp, where Lewis and Clark built canoes.
Head south of Meridian, and you'll hit Bruneau Dunes State Park, just south of Mountain Home AFB. This particular park boasts the tallest single strutted sand dune on the continent, rising 470 feet above the desert floor. It's one of the most difficult climbs you can make without going rock climbing. You'll also enjoy the Bruneau Observatory, the largest telescope available for public viewing in Idaho.
Two hours north of Meridian is the Lake Cascade State Park, totaling 500 acres. The park has 279 campsites across ten developed campgrounds, some with power, sewer, and water. You'll also enjoy 86 miles of shoreline along Lake Cascade, which gives an incredible opportunity for fishing rainbow trout, coho salmon, and small-mouth bass.
Head a little further north, and you'll find Ponderosa State Park, right on the shores of Payette Lake. You'll enjoy seven different trails over 13 miles on the peninsula. You'll also get your pick of 163 campsites, plus charcoal grills, a dump station, and lake access.
Idaho boasts a wide range of historical and natural landmarks and monuments. While you're near Meridian, consider visiting these additional landmarks. For even more, be sure to check out our guide to the top 10 landmarks in Idaho.
Many of us remember studying the Oregon Trail in grade school and its importance as the United States continued expanding its territory westward. Visit the Ward Massacre Site near Caldwell, the Givens Hot Springs, or Bonneville Point east of Boise to make this important historical trek come to life. Another part of the Oregon Trail is Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls. Visit the Shoshone Falls Park, where you'll enjoy the 212-foot tall waterfall on the Snake River.
If you want one of the most incredible hikes in Idaho, you'll want to put Borah Peak on your list. But keep in mind, this is not for the novice or untrained hiker. The trailhead is located about 5.5 hours northeast of Meridian, is 4.1 miles from trailhead to peak, and climbs over 5,300 feet as you reach the summit.
Treefort Music Festival - This is the area's most anticipated music festival that occurs every March. Beyond music, you'll also enjoy comedy, film, art, yoga, and beer.
The Twilight Criterium - If you enjoy cycling, the Boise Twilight Criterium is the event for you. Taking place in July, this race brings not only local and amateur racers, but some of the country's top professional men's and women's cycling teams. Whether you race or just spectate, it's an event you won't want to miss.
Western Idaho Fair - If you're near the area the last week of August and want a traditional state fair experience, this is your event. Special attractions have included hypnotists, comedy, and stunt acts.
The Spirit of Boise - If you haven't experienced a massive balloon show, you'll want to catch this one in September. After nearly 30 years, this event draws about 50 balloon teams to compete and show over six days.
Winter Garden aGlow - If you're visiting the area at the end of the year, add this to your excursion list. Running from the end of November through the end of December, this is a walking tour through the Idaho Botanical Gardens but decorated with over 500,000 lights artfully adorning the landscape.
Boise River - The Boise River is a 102-mile tributary of the Snake River. It runs on the east side of the city with many opportunities for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and just enjoying nature.
Snake River - One of the most iconic rivers of the west, the Snake River offers plenty of opportunities for swimming and fishing for trophy-sized trout, bass, and salmon. To enjoy this river, head west of Nampa on State Highway 55.
Table Rock Trail - Rated as one of the best trails near Meridian, Table Rock Trail is a 3.7-mile loop. While it may not be the longest trial in the area, there are some steep areas that are more difficult to navigate, earning this trail a moderate rating.
Whether you want a rustic camping experience or a more cultivated site, RVshare has evaluated the RV parks and campgrounds around Meridian to help you find those that will give you the best experience. Mountain View RV Park is located just east of Meridian with 60 pull-thru lots with full-hook-up, asphalt pads, and lawns. The Meridian KOA Journey offers 224 RV sites with full hookup available, cable, WiFi, catering, a meeting room that can host up to 75 people, and regulation horseshoe pits. Evans Creek Campground in the Boise National Forest offers a more rustic experience. There are ten sites available on a first-come basis that do not require a fee. There are campfire rings, picnic tables, and a vault toilet available. More importantly, the campground sits on the Anderson Ranch Reservoir and offers fishing for smallmouth bass and Kokanee salmon.
Dump stations in the area can be sparse once you get outside the city. Here are some good options near Meridian, but you can find more with our Boise dump station guide.
KOA - Boise/Meridian - The KOA campground has a dump station open year-round. It's free for registered guests or available for a fee for non-guests.
Boise Riverside RV Park - This RV park has a year-round dump station that's complimentary for guests. Pull up and use the dump station only for a small fee.
City of Meridian Waste Water Department - While you're near Meridian, use the free RV dump site at the wastewater recovery facility. Keep in mind that there is no potable water available at this site.
Gem Stop Truck - If you're headed west, stop by the Gem Stop Truck Stop for fuel and use their dump station for free. If you just need the dump station, it's available for only $5.
When you don't want your RV to stay parked at your property, you need a secure place to keep it. Here are some of the best options near Meridian. If you want to see more options, check out our Boise RV storage guide.
Boise Boat & RV Storage - Located on S. Federal Way, this facility is the premier leisure craft storage facility in Boise. It has a dump station, wash station and offers electrical service for some units. You'll have your choice of both covered and fully enclosed options.
Braniff RV Storage - This facility offers both covered and uncovered spaces ranging from 20' to 40' in length. The facility has a security gate with electronic card access, is brightly lit, and has 24-hour video surveillance. Spaces start at about $40 per month. You'll access this site from Braniff Rd.
Simply Storage Boat and RV - Located on W. Victory Rd in Boise, this facility provides open-air storage for vehicles and equipment of all sizes. Lots start at $69 per month and go up depending on the size needed.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Meridian, ID, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Meridian?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Meridian from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Meridian?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.