Massacre Rocks State Park RV & Campground Guide

Idaho

Along the section of the Oregon Trail that runs through southeast Idaho lies a 990-acre preserved area called Massacre Rocks State Park. The name brings to mind a battle between Native Americans and emigrants, but no such conflict occurred here. Fear of the Native American population caused emigrants who walked this part of the Oregon Trail to speculate about a possible ambush amongst the boulders and cliffs of the area. Today, the park stands as a testament to those fearful individuals who challenged a continent and conquered it. Villages like American Falls and Pocatello, ID, sprang from the rich grounds along the Snake River. In contrast, others like Twin Falls, ID, located in less fertile areas, prospered due to their location along significant trade routes. 

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RV Resorts & Campsites in Massacre Rocks State Park

Using an RV while camping in or near Massacre Rocks State Park is a good idea. To find an RV to rent in the area, visit RVshare. An RV is a convenient method of camping in this area because of its movability. After completely exploring one area, it is easy to move to another when you camp in an RV.

Massacre Rocks State Park Campground

Massacre Rocks State Park Campground is an RV camping facility that offers 42 RV campsites, eight of which are pull-throughs. Each site is 20 feet in width, leaving plenty of room for you to deploy any slide-outs your RV may have. The pull-through sites accept rigs up to 50 feet long, but the back-in sites can only accommodate rigs up to 40 feet in length. A boat, kayak, and canoe concessionaire have several crafts available for rent that you can launch at the campground's boat ramp onto the Snake River. Potable water is available through spigots that dot the campground.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electric hookup: 30 amp
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station
  • Fee: $12 to $29 per night

Willow Bay Resort

Located alongside the American Falls Reservoir, the Willow Bay Resort provides 32 RV campsites with asphalt pads, 20 of which are pull-throughs. Each camp is 45 feet in width, giving you plenty of room to stretch out. This resort reserves pull-through sites for rigs 36 feet or more in length while the back-in sites are limited to rigs of 35 feet or less. Each visitor is met at the gate and escorted to their site to ensure proper hookups. The lake provides some of the best fishing in Idaho, and the resort offers a boat ramp and marina in which to store your boat while not in use. Willow Bay resort fosters one of the most challenging disc-golf courses in the region. Nature trails for hikers, horseshoe pits, and a children's playground are available for all visitors.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electric hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $20 to $45 per night

Indian Springs Resort and RV

Also, in American Falls, ID, Indian Springs Resort and RV offers 131 grass campsites, some of which are primitive, but most have at least water and electric hookups. Each camp is 20 feet in width and 40 feet in length. Twenty of the sites are pull-throughs. Most of the sites are shaded, and all of them include trash pickup with the camping fee. The resort provides a large-heated pool during the warm months and a wading pool for the kiddies. A water slide and a stocked fishing pond finish out the water activities at this resort. Horseshoe pits and a rec room with pool tables, foosball, and arcade games are available for relaxing activities after a long day.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electric hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $19 to $32 per night

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Massacre Rocks State Park

Inside Massacre Rocks State Park

During the daylight hours, hikers at Massacre Rocks State Park walk miles of hiking trails, some of which lead visitors to the remaining evidence that emigrants passed this way following the Oregon Trail. Rock climbers and hikers who enjoy strenuous climbs find plenty of satisfying challenges in this park. Famous locations like Register Rock, where emigrants left their names scratched on the rock surface, are available for visitors to view. Fishing on the Snake River, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition landed giant catfish, is still yielding incredible catches. Then, at night, due to the isolated location at a high elevation of 4,400 feet, the Milky Way fills the eyes of stargazers.

Outside Massacre Rocks State Park

Visitors to Massacre Rocks State Park can find intriguing areas outside the park to investigate. Several small communities sit amongst this mountainous area, and larger cities lie beyond the horizon as viewed from the highest climb in the park. Restaurants offering various cuisines, unique shops, and a host of incredible places of interest await visitors to Massacre Rocks State Park. Using the park as a central location, travelers venture into the communities, national parks, and national forests that dot the region.

Restaurants

Tres Hermanos

For some of the best Mexican cuisine in southeast Idaho, stop by the Tres Hermanos restaurant. Their food is of the highest quality. Try the molcajete for a delicious combination of beef and chicken covered in traditional Mexican spices.

Type: Mexican

Location: 2854 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls, ID 83211

ButterBurrs Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in the Massacre Rocks State Park area is ButterBurrs Restaurant. Here, you find the traditional fast food cooked slow. The food is allowed to meld before it is presented to you. Try their hamburger with gravy and onions for a taste you will remember forever.

Type: American

Location: 917 Yellowstone Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201

Café Tuscano

When this restaurant opened in an abandoned service station, no one thought it would succeed until they sampled the food. Café Tuscano provides some of the finest Italian cuisine in the region. Try their braised beef ravioli for a special treat.

Type: Italian

Location: 2231 East Center Street, Pocatello, ID 83201

Shopping

Country Store Boutique

The Country Store Boutique has offered visitors to Idaho the perfect collectibles for nearly 50 years. The shelves at this store carry antiques, jewelry, interesting home décor items, and much more. Visitors to this store always leave with an interesting item in hand.

Location: 4523 E Ririe Highway, Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Guns and Gear

Guns and Gear is the premier hunting gallery in Idaho. Located close to Massacre Rocks State Park, this is the place for hunters to stop. Along with the outstanding stock of hunting gear, the shop offers the only indoor shooting range in the region.

Location: 1315 South Utah Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83042

Sightseeing

Minidoka National Historic Site

Just 76 miles west of Massacre Rocks State Park lies the Minidoka National Historic Site. Erected quickly in 1942 to house Japanese American civilians, this park is a remembrance of a time of conflict when all Asians were suspect. Over 9,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in conditions that modern visitors can observe by hiking through this park.

Location: 1428 Hunt Road, Jerome, ID 83338

Pocatello Art Center

The Pocatello Art Center is a non-profit organization that sponsors a location in Pocatello to display the efforts of local artists. Along with the displays, the center hosts interviews with influential local artists and art instructors. Classes on the visual arts are offered to enhance your family's understanding of the art process.

Location: 444 North Main Street, Pocatello, ID 83204

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How to Get to
Massacre Rocks State Park

The quickest route to Massacre Rocks State Park from Pocatello, ID, is to get onto United States Highway 30 West (US-30 W) and drive for 5.71 miles. Merge onto Interstate 86 West (I-86 W). Go for 29.65 miles on I-86 W until you reach Exit 28. Turn right at Exit 28 and drive for 0.38 miles. Then, turn right onto Register Road. Go for 0.10 miles and turn right onto Park Lane. Look for the Massacre Rocks State Park entrance 0.48 miles ahead.

Entering Massacre Rocks State Park

Massacre Rocks State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Entry fee (per vehicle) : $7

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