Fern Basin Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is the sign at the entrance to Fern Basin Campground which has many shaded sites for camping.

Located approximately fifty miles southeast of San Bernardino and 6.5 miles North of Idyllwild. Campground is located in a forested area. Road and spurs are paved. Parking spurs may not be level. Some first come, first serve sites may be available. All campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Campfires are allowed within the fire rings provided if current fire restrictions allow. Firewood is not sold at the campground. Vault toilets are nearby. Water may not be available, call the Ranger Station to check on status. Amenities include dumpster, picnic tables, water faucets and restrooms. Within 10 miles grocery store, laundry, lookout tower, movie theater, overlook ATV/OHV trails, rock climbing, hiking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature center and picnic area. Holders of Golden Age, Golden Access, America the Beautiful Senior or Access Passports are entitled to 50% campsite fee reduction. Holder of the passport must be present.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Elevated Fire restrictions. No Campfires or Charcoal BBQ's.  Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Reservations: Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance at www.recreation.gov
Fees $10 per night (incudes 1 vehicle) + $5  per additional vehicle
Open Season: Friday, May 27, 2016 - Sunday, Nov 13, 2016
Restrictions: A site must be reserved for a minimum of 3 nights on major holidays. Some first come, first serve sites are available. The fee allows for a maximum of 8 people per campsite and entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle. Additional fees of $5 per extra vehicle will be collected at the campground. There are no refunds for inclement weather. Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. Water may not be available. For current Fire conditions or weather closures contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2921 prior to making late fall reservations. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times.  Know before you go!
Water: Drinking

General Information


From I-10E exit 8th St. in Banning, California, turn right onto 8th St. then left on Lincoln St, then right on San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243. From I-10W exit Hargrave St, turn left onto Hargrave St, then right on Lincoln St. then left on San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243. Go South on 243 for approximately 20 miles just past the Alandale Fire Station. Go left at Azalea Trails Rd (Stone Creek Campground Road) for 1 mile.

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Reservation InfoReservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. http://www.recreation.gov/
No. of Sites22