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This page is dedicated for those people in IDAHO who are looking for other like minded people. Please post your general area and contact information either a phone number or email where others can contact you. We realize everyone should observe OPSEC so please do not post your exact location.


  1. Jessica says:

    My husband and I have just sold our house, bought a fifth wheel to live in and are now looking to find the right location to move and build off grid! After researching a ton we are highly considering Idaho and we are planning to take our first trip out next weekend. I’m looking for people to talk to and to gather information from for further info. Specifically about building/zoning (where are they most relaxed with that? So we can build eco friendly?) Gardening conditions etc. Thanks!

    • Robin Schnell says:

      Hi Jessica and Hubby, I sent a comment the other day but I’m not sure if they go straight to you or if I needed to do this reply choice instead.We live in Grangeville, Id. Population only 3500! Its located in Idaho County which is the largest and most relaxed county in Idaho. We are centralized between the Salmon, Snake and Clearwater Rivers for Salmon and Steelhead fishing. Gardening, hunting, berrypicking , 4 wheeling etc. is just afew past time happenings here. Great place, great people wouldn’t live anywhere but Idaho. (we came up from Arizona about 32 years ago.) Anyway, feel free to call or e-mail. We’ll answer anything we can. Have a safe trip and maybe we’ll hear from you. Robin and Joe Schnell 208 983-9705 jrparadise2@yahoo.com

    • Hi Jessica and welcome to the Mountainview Off Grid Living Blog. We live in southwest Idaho and have been looking for land so I can help you with all the information we have. Good areas, bad areas etc. Give me a call 208-615-6331

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I’m in North Idaho, my name is Chris Walsh, I’m a Broker with Revolutionary Realty. I think the type of property you’re looking for is precisely what I sell every day…feel free to give me a call anytime, my number is 208-667-1776.

  3. Robin Schnell says:

    Hi Jessica, My Husband and I live in Grangeville Idaho which is located in Idaho County a huge plus! Please feel free to call with any questions about this area. We do have property for sale here and our house which is perfect for a prepper (including concrete room). Only reason we are leaving Grangeville is the need to get closer to kids and Grandkids when things fall apart! Other wise we would never leave this area. It offers EVERYTHING to survive. We are staying in Idaho, would never leave this beautiful State. Call if you would like 208-983-9705

  4. trogg says:

    trogg, (not my real name – OPSEC) I retired in July of last year. I was looking for property in the Orofino area, but now I think the panhandle would be more to my liking. Is there anyone up around Bonners Ferry that would like to show me around? I am single so I need a new network of friends , if I move there. I know you need to be careful these days, but when you get to know me you will find I’m a rather nice right wing guy, for lack of a better term. I really have to get out of the Seattle area. It is going down hill fast. I’m looking for an inexpensive house on sight where I can garden and hunker down. I would also would like to get into hunting and fishing. Contact me at the following email address if you know of any properties or just want to show me around. trogg90@gmail.com PS I hear bonners ferry is a real friendly place. That would be a nice change from western Wa.

  5. Amy says:

    Hi ya’ll. I’m currently seeking out property near Lewiston Id. I could possibly transfer my near Seattle job there. So preferably I’d like to live within an hour or so drive. I found a property on Waha Lake 20miles south. Thought I’d ask here to see if anyone new about the area. Their thoughts ? Thanks a bunch

  6. Hi Amy. I don’t know where your job is close to Seattle but it is several hours drive from Lewiston to the Seattle area. What is it exactly that you are looking for in property?

  7. Amy says:

    I can transfer to Clarkston Costco. So we’re looking around lewiston.

  8. Dean says:

    Hello everyone it seems that like many posting here im as well pulling up stakes and heading to Idaho really in the beginning stages at this point we have been looking in the surrounding areas of Boise . Honestly just trying to get an idea of what the community is like and network with some like minded people. I can be reached via email at blackout.nn43@gmail.com
    Dean (OPSEC)

    • Don Barnhill says:

      Look at Owyhee County properties—-WAY cheaper taxes and from highway but non crowded, to absolutely remote acreages available. I am a Rancher and also own many properties that are now available—from S/W exposure viewsheds on dry ground to Timber property near Silver City. My health dictates some downsizing. I’d be glad to visit with you.

      Don Barnhill

      Box 1 Murphy 83650/208-867-6863

  9. Debbie & Mike says:

    Getting ready to pack up for Idaho and interested in hooking up with like minded happy preppers.

  10. Jo says:

    We are headed to north Idaho at the end of august. We will be checking out the towns and hopefully looking at some properties. What are the current laws for off grid living with kids 12 and 16. We are very excited just had our get rid of stuff garage sale and getting the house ready to go on the market. I have been a heat treater for eight years do you know of any companies who do heat treating. If you than I don’t have to explain. Thank you

    • Hi Jo and welcome in advance to Idaho. We live in the Boise area currently. Where are you moving from? Why north Idaho? You won’t have any trouble in this state with living off grid or home schooling if you do that. In fact there isn’t a lot you will have trouble with unless you are from California and want to bring those politics with you. lol Then you may have a problem. FYI living off grid in north Idaho is a wee bit tougher. Are you tough? lol Please answer me back at mountainviewoffgridliving@yahoo.com and visit our website at http://www.mountainviewoffgridliving.com

    • Amen Cindy. I have had quite a few “friends” tell me they are coming to my house. I look them straight in the eye and tell them “don’t bother if you don’t have at least a years supply of food and gear with you”. These people drive new cars, live in nice houses, get new clothes all the time and go out to movies and dinner out all the time. I scrimp and save and do what I can. So, I am serious. I think most serious preppers are that way. They have worked long hours and put out a lot of money to have what they have and they don’t want free loaders.

  11. Matt says:

    Hi me my wife and six kid are going to be selling everything and getting a travel trailer and hitting the road until we find a place to build a life off grid we are seriously looking at idaho county , idaho and would like any recommendations on where in that county . Would like to go in on an owner’s.contract any help would be greatly appreciated thanks

  12. PMD says:

    Hello. Saw this website and thought I would reach out for some direction.

    My wife and I are looking to move to Idaho. Not sure which area yet–maybe up in Idaho county. Would welcome any direction on where to begin looking for information concerning that area and those that are of the same mind. While we have been studying, researching, and acquiring things (supplies, food, equipment, etc) over the last 2.5 years, it is becoming apparent that the only way to truly make it, is to be within a group of people that are wanting to get together. I would welcome some direction on where to begin with the process of evaluating what to be looking for with land and groups of people.



  13. You are somewhat right Cindy however I would increase that 100 miles a bit. One thing you do want to do your homework on is well reports in the area in which you are looking for land. You not only want to know how deep the water is but you also want to know what types of geology they drilled through to get to that water. We found one area where they drilled over 900 feet and never hit rock. We found another place that they are hitting solid granite at 250 feet. Several others we found there was no top soil OR clay it started right off with rock. So the well reports tell you a lot.

  14. PMD says:

    Thank you. I will start to do the research for public records concerning wells in Idaho and water rights.

    Thanks again.


  15. You are correct and another thing to watch is all the dams in the center of the state. One good earthquake and we can’t be sure those dams will hold. However, in the center of Idaho are many areas called banana belts because you can grow almost anything there. Around Kooskia in Idaho County, around Cambridge in Washington County where there are many, many crops grown. Even in the southern part of the state is a huge agricultural area. Yes it is dry but there are irrigation canals all throughout the area. In Owyhee County it’s desert but they grow many crops there and get the water out of the Snake River. Growing conditions are perfect for the many vineyards and orchards in Owyhee County. Near Homedale, New Plymouth are countless creeks that come off the Weiser River. The growing season is much longer in the mid to southern part of the state. The winters are far less severe. Plus as we all know when the plates finally slip and the one in the Pacific slams under Washington, Oregon and northern California it is going to shove over into Idaho. Geologists have been watching this for years and say that northern Idaho will have movement. The one thing that worries me a bit about this is the many lava tubes in Idaho. Just stay away from any hot springs.

  16. Alf says:

    Hello there folks.

    My wife and I just bought a 40′ 1991 Ford B7000 School Bus and are in the process of remodeling it into an off-the-grid roaming home. The kicker is that we have to try to live in it and remodel it at the same time. So much fun! Right? Probably not as much as you would hope. Anyway, we are in Boise, Idaho right now and would love to reach out and get to know some of the local community members, and pick your minds for advice, solutions and maybe just kick back and have a beer.

    I look forward to hearing from and meeting some of you.

    • Hello and welcome to the Mountainview Off Grid Living Blog. I own this blog and the website Mountainview Off Grid Living. http://www.mountainviewoffgridliving.com Hey I would love to see what you are doing with that bus. We thought about doing that but can’t make up our minds. We already have The Kimberly Stove that I sell so we would set it up to heat with wood. What part of Boise are you in? We are near there.

      • Alf says:

        Right now we are near Garden City, but we don’t actually plan on staying here for very long. We are originally from Coeur d’Alene and moved down here for work 2 years ago, but I have to say (and no offense intended to anyone) we aren’t huge fans of the area, and we want to head back north as soon as we can. Of course, that means working for a few more months as we set the bus up to be livable and have a few bucks stashed to be able to travel on. As for heating we are still debating between wood and propane. Right now propane is more feasible as we aren’t set up in a permanent (or even semi-permanent spot), whereas if we were going to be more stationary we would rather have wood, but packing it around with us would take up precious cargo space. I started posting pics and stuff to do with the bus remodel on my blog, but if you decide to read it, beware that I tend to use some colorful language, and I’m not what you would be able to call “politically correct.” http://theartofbeingalf.blogspot.com/ Anyway, like I said earlier, look forward to learning from you folks.

      • lolol Alf you need to pain that bus lime green and put some hot pink flowers on it. Seriously though, the man who invented The Kimberly Stove keeps his in his camping trailer. It stays hooked up all the time even while he is driving down the road. Then when he stops for the night he starts a fire in the stove and it is toasty warm inside no matter what the weather is doing outside. That looks like an incredible amount of work you have ahead of you but once its done you will have something to be proud of. Good job!!!

      • Alf says:

        Meh, not going to have any of those bright colors for me. LOL. Nope, I’m more of an OD Green with black stripes kind of guy, and gonna paint the jeep that we are towing behind her the same colors.

      • lol I always threatened our girls when they were teenagers and we had a VW bus that I was going to paint it those colors. We are just finishing a 1970 VW Baja and guess what colors it is? lol OD Green trimmed in black. Hey another thing you might consider is I sell Sun-Mar Composting toilets. If you put the mobile unit in there you won’t have to have a black tank. That allows you to put in an extra fresh water tank. Just a thought. How far are you on this thing? Oh by the way we are in Nampa.

  17. Hi Cindy and thank you for your comment. This blog is a place for like minded people to meet and to gather information. Some are “hard core” preppers and others are just getting started. There are many places in this state that have countless, lakes, rivers, streams etc not just the panhandle. There are quite a few “groups” starting to set up in various parts of this state and I am pretty sure they are smart, caring people who have thought through where they are setting up to survive. I am glad to hear that you have fruit trees that are producing but most do not. Most are looking for areas where they can grow enough food for their families to survive. Some cannot afford large tracts of land so they are trying to get near farming communities. So, please don’t talk down to everyone. All of the people visiting this blog may not be at the level you are.

  18. Cindy this blog is an extension of my website where, yes I sell “stuff”. There are many many people who are just waking up to the fact that something is wrong in our world and we will very likely see it change before our eyes. These people who are just waking up need supplies and equipment. Shipping prices are going up daily. However I have kept those costs the same on my website which means sometimes not only do I not make a profit but I have dug into my own pocket to get the supplies to my customers. You seem very quick to make judgements. I have spoken to several preppers “up north” who were a little condescending in their attitudes that their way was best. None of us know what is going to happen but we do the best we can to prepare for our families. Your water issues? Once Agenda 21 goes into effect it won’t matter if you have a well on your property or not. You will not own one drop that comes out of it.

  19. William says:

    Hey guys i currently reside in northern Idaho and have been looking for an off grid community in the area any info that could help me in my search would be greatly appreciated I can be reached via email bbb881@hotmail.com or on my cell phone 208 797 0157

  20. kim discovery says:


    My name is Kimmie Lucas, and I work with the Discovery Channel. The producers behind hit the Discovery show, Alaska the Last Frontier are looking for individuals, families, and businesses located in the Idaho backcountry who can live and or work off-the-grid during the winter in places that are hard to reach by car. Ideally you are located somewhere that is easier to fly or snowmachine into than drive! We are especially interested in hunters, trappers and anyone else who has a close connection to the land and revels in the freedom of living in the wilderness. Please call me at 323-308-3751 or email me at kimmie_lucas@discovery.com .

    Thank you for your time!


  21. Brett says:

    Hello, sounds as if there are some great people on this site. My family is originally from Jerome (hence our last name..Jerome). We have been living in Northern CA (very conservative area, but changinging) we are done with this liberal cancer! And are headed back to our brothers and sisters of Idaho, and bring with us conservative Christian values. We are selling everything and would like to be in a specific area. I am not worried about dwellings. I am more concerned with the property and conservative values, also would like to be in an area where building codes are lax. I am looking for 40 plus acres with a tributary, I am not concerned about utilities either way, as we will be producing our own power. I would like to be in a forested area were timber can be Ted if needed. Also we would like to be backed up to federal land. Trying as well to be realistic regarding winter and access.
    I have traveled in my business to much of Idaho and Montana and kno it pretty well, but would enjoy feedback. Thank You!

    • Brett we have been doing extensive research are various areas. Feel free to email me at mountainviewoffgridliving@yahoo.com or give me a call 208-615-6331

    • Hi Brett, My Husband and I live in Grangeville but are moving up north to be closer to the kids and grandkids. We’re just to far away if or when things go to pot with our Country . We do have this place and 114 acres for sale in the Kooskia area. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions about this area. It is wonderful, packing guns around here is not even noticed:] 208 983-9705

      • Brett Jerome says:

        Hello Mrs Schnell,
        Thank you for the responding to my post. My wife and I would love to speak with you regarding the area and land. We are currently selling off all of our assets and preparing for our future up north. Our email is geoexp@aol.com I will get back with you prior to calling.
        Thank you!
        Brett and Karen Jerome

      • Hello Brett, We are very familiar with the area where Mrs. Schnell’s property is. VERY good area.

  22. John Ciulla says:

    We are looking at purchasing land in the NE area of Idaho and are looking forward to being around like monded people who believe in true christian family values. I consider myself a true patriot who loves America and want to preserve what little of it we have left and fight for it if necessary!!!

    God Bless

  23. John Ciulla says:

    We are in central Wisconsin right now…

  24. I just wondered since you say you are looking for land in NE Idaho which I assume you mean the panhandle? If you live in Wisconsin now you are used to cold weather and snow so I now won’t worry about you. lol I’ve talked to a few from Florida who want to move to Sandpoint and have never lived where it snows. lol

  25. John Ciulla says:

    Lol.. Yes, we are used to the snow..

  26. Bob Sew says:

    Approximately 20 miles north of Fairfield, Idaho… approximately 10 miles inside the Sawtooth National Forest, lies two cabin site lots.. going up for auction by Idaho Auction Barn. Auction ends December 3rd. This IS DEEDED PROPERTY… NOT the 99 year lease. Its a rare find. Off grid.

  27. Debbie says:

    Hi to everyone who likes to be safe, stealth and prepare for anything possible that could happen. Recently, I was able to be part if the Strategic Perspectives International Conference in Coeur d’ Alene. I was also able to meet with an awesome Real Estate Broker who specializes in Prepper Real Estate. He marked on the Idaho map where to drive to check out people places and areas of interest and I followed his “marker” outline almost exactly2 weeks ago! I’m excited to now sell my home here in Southern California and start finding a group to network with in case if a “Collapse” up in northern panhandle of Idaho. I want to be careful with any info so let me know how to stealthily go about reaching out to GOOD like-minded defense/offense and revolution-ready folks. Thanks for your time reading my request! Debbie and family:)

    • Hi Debbie and welcome to the Mountainview Off Grid Living Blog. Please visit our website at http://www.mountainviewoffgridliving.com I have been “prepping” way before it was mainstream. I’ve been watching all of this line up for over 30 years. If you need help with your food storage you can ask me anything. If there is a mistake to be made I have probably already made it. We are in the Boise area currently but are looking for land north of here. Why are you going up into the panhandle? Do you love snow? lol We looked at property up that way years ago but when doing research we decided we wanted an area with a longer growing season. We do plan to put up a green house but didn’t want to grow everything in one. So, I have done extensive research on most of Idaho and we’ve made our decision on looking in two areas. If you want to chat you can either email me at mountainviewoffgridliving@yahoo.com or give me a call at 208-615-6331.

  28. Mandy and Brad says:

    We are exploring the idea of going off grid and looking at Idaho for land.
    Any suggestions for the best spots here?

    • Hi Mandy and Brad. We are also looking for land. I have checked out various areas extensively so email me at mountainviewoffgridliving@yahoo.com and I will share what I’ve found.

    • Cindy says:

      I do not know where a “best spot is” but I do know we self generate and sell to the grid. Why unhook from the grid when you can make some coin? We are in north Idaho and get plenty of sun and wind here at our spread. From experience when the self generating systems are broken or not doing well having the grid available is the right thing to do. Nothing made by man or sold by man will never break or do all it is said it will do. Thus spread out with options and back up systems.

      • Hi Mandy and Brad. We are also looking for land. I have checked out various areas extensively so email me at mountainviewoffgridliving@yahoo.com and I will

      • Mandy and Brad, before buying ANY land search well reports for surround properties. We’ve changed our minds on many parcels from what we found.

      • Cindy says:

        Better yet hire a well company in your area to review the land in mind. They have all well reports and can interpret them for you. I witched our secondary well on our place and the well company pinned the same spot. Static water at 24″. We store 8K gallons under ground and run two wells. The spread can run on one. Other parcels a mile away get only 1/2 gallon recharge per hour. We get almost 5 gallons per minute.
        An ounce or prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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