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Camping Information

Idyllwild offers a variety of campgrounds for those who want to jump into their car and get away from it all.  For those who like to "rough it" in the primitive wilderness, Idyllwild has just the right camping areas for you. If you prefer modern restrooms and showers, Idyllwild can cater to your needs as well.

Forest Service Campgrounds 

Developed Campgrounds Requiring an Overnight Fee

 

Dark Canyon, Marion Mountain, and Fern Basin Campgrounds

Located off Highway 243, about six miles north of Idyllwild at elevations ranging from 5,800 to 6,400 feet with a total of 58 camping sites. Marion Mountain and Fern Basin sites can accommodate RVs up to 15 feet in length and Dark Canyon up to 22 feet. For more information, call 877-444-6777.

Boulder Basin Campground

Located about 15 miles north of Idyllwild off Black Mountain Road at an elevation of about 7,800 feet with 34 sites. Trailers are not recommended. For more information, call 877-444-6777.

Black Mountain Group Camp

Located beyond Boulder Basin Campground at an elevation of about 7,500 feet. One site is available for groups of 15 to 100.  For more information, call 877-444-6777.

Pinyon Flats Campground

Located on Highway 74 east of Highway 371 at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. Available for year round camping. Has 18 sites and can accommodate trailers up to 15 feet in length.

Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground

Located on Highway 74 east of Highway 371. It has eight sites with horse corrals as well as flush toilets, showers, tables, and piped water. For more information, call 951-382-2922 or 951-659-2117.

Primitive Campgrounds Requiring an Adventure Pass

Bring water and check in with the ranger station. In remote sites designated with yellow iron posts, open fires may be used only in the Forest Service metal campfire rings provided at the sites. Chemical stoves require an annual California campfire permit, which you can obtain free of charge at the ranger station.

 

Thomas Mountain Ridge

Located off Highway 74, 18 miles from Idyllwild at the top of Thomas Mountain. Tool Box Campground in Thomas Mountain offers a restroom, fire rings and tables. No water is available at this site.

Fuller Ridge

Located high up Black Mountain Road near the wilderness boundary. Consists of several sites located between Boulder Basin and the Fuller Ridge trail head.

Apple Canyon

Located on the east end of Garner Valley. Three sites are available. Water must be brought in. Apple Canyon is near a fishing area and hiking trails.

Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area

 

Mt. San Jacinto State Park Idyllwild Campground

Located off Highway 243 in Idyllwild, the Mt. San Jacinto State Park offers 33 camping sites with flush toilets, showers, tables, grills and food lockers. A limited number of RV hookups are available. Sites can accommodate vehicles up to 24 feet long. For more information, call 1-800-444-7275.

Stone Creek Campground

Located about six miles from Idyllwild on Highway 243 at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. This location has 50 sites, each with a picnic table and stove. There are also vault toilets and water spigots. For more information, call 1-800-444-7275.

Riverside County Park System

 

Idyllwild County Park

Located inside Idyllwild, consisting of 202 acres and includes showers, restrooms, fire rings with half-grills and picnic tables in a woodsy environment. Also includes five miles of hiking trails that wind through the park, including an easy half-mile trail that connects the campground with the country-run Nature Center.

Hurkey Creek Park

Located in Garner Valley, four miles southeast of Mountain Center on Highway 74. The 59 acre park is open year-round and has 112 campsites, five group camping areas, and two day-use areas. Offers showers, restrooms, fire rings with half-grills and picnic tables in a forest area. Also includes hiking trails that lead directly into the San Jacinto wilderness area. Hurkey Creek flows almost year-round and attracts a variety of wildlife. The park even includes two archaeological sites. For more information, call 1-800-234-PARK (7275).

McCall Memorial Park

An equestrian park located near Mountain Center. Provides opportunities for both overnight camping and horseback riding. Open year-round, this 88-acre park has 53 corrals, which can accommodate up to 125 horses. Two miles of riding trails are within the park's boundaries and connect with 40 miles of Forest Service trails. For more information, call 1-800-234-PARK (7275).

Lawler Lodge & Lawler Alpine

Open year-round for group camping only. Located about eight miles north of Idyllwild on Highway 243. Two separate groups accommodating 126 people can use the 80-acre site at one time. On the bank of Dark Creek Canyon, the lodge was designed and constructed by the same contractor who built Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite National Park. Construction began in 1916, using all native cedar logs. For more information, call 1-800-234-PARK (7275).

 

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