Idaho State Parks has partnered with North Face to loan camping equipment at no charge to first-time campers through September.
The Explore Your Parks program is under way at three Idaho parks: Hells Gate, 208-799-5015, and Priest Lake, 208-443-2200, and Lake Cascade, 208-382-6544.
New campers can check out tents, tarps, chairs, cooking equipment, lanterns and other gear — everything needed except sleeping bags and food.
The only costs are the normal campsite and reservation fees.
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Park staff will assist with campsite setup and offer tips on camping basics.
Often the state parks also have programs, such as staff-led nature hikes and family activities.