Jim Spinelli, executive director of the Hailey, Idaho, Chamber of Commerce, hopes recreational vehicles and tent campers will soon have a place to spend the night in or around Hailey. City and county officials are behind the idea, but have yet to find a suitable location.
“We have numerous requests every day for campsites, but we always have to send them north. That is unfortunate,” said Spinelli, who thinks a campground would bring revenues and a useful amenity to the city of 6,000 located 70 miles east of Boise, according to the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide.
Spinelli said one possible location is Lion’s Park. Portions of that city property are used as a softball field. The property also provides snow storage in winter.
Mayor Rick Davis said at a recent Hailey City Council meeting that he is behind the idea of a campground, but has no location in mind.
“It would stay full year-round,” Davis said.
At the request of the chamber, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz studied maps and toured Quigley Canyon and Croy Canyon with County Commissioner Tom Bowman recently, looking for prospective campground sites.
They searched 10 miles into Croy Canyon and Quigley Canyon and failed to find a suitable spot, despite the fact that Hailey is surrounded by BLM land.