Plan Your Visit

plan your visit

Getting here: Camas National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Eastern Idaho just west of Interstate 15, approximately 50 miles south of the Montana/Idaho border and approximately 35 miles north of the city of Idaho Falls.  Refuge headquarters can be accessed from Interstate 15 via Exit 150 to the town of Hamer, Idaho.  From Hamer, turn to the north on Old Butte Highway and travel approximately three miles to get to an overpass and county road 2350 N.  The Refuge headquarters is approximately two miles west of the I15 overpass.  

Wildlife Observation and Photography
The refuge provides excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife throughout the year. If you drive on the refuge roads, chances are good that you will see a rich diversity of animal life.

Visitors may hike on roads year-round. Hiking is also permitted off roads anytime EXCEPT March 1-July 15.

The accessible walking trail is open all year, however it is not maintained during the winter months.  Contact Refuge for road and trail conditions before a visit.

Skiing and Snowshoeing
Visitors are welcome to snowshoe or cross-country ski in the refuge. Use areas and dates are the same as those for hiking (see above).

Informational Kiosk

An informational kiosk is located near the driveway to the Headquarters. Refuge maps and information are available here, as well as an comfort station.

The Wildlife Viewing Route winds past ponds, marshes and fields. It offers a representative view of the refuge wildlife and habitats.    Interpretive signs along the route provide information on various types of wildlife and habitat that can be seen along the way. 

Refuge Headquarters

To conduct official refuge business, the Refuge Headquarters is open Monday – Thursday 7:00am-4:30pm and Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm. It is closed on all Federal holidays. Please be aware that occasionally the office may not be open during normal business hours because all staff are engaged in field activities.