Idaho parks loan equipment to new campers at no charge

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.

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.