Memorial Day Weekend Q&A

A tent setup at the South Fork Campground

It's almost the holiday weekend and we know many of you are coming to the forest. Here are answers to three trending questions we're getting at our visitor centers right now.

Which campgrounds have first-come, first-serve sites?

A number of the forest’s campgrounds have first-come, first-serve sites (also referred to as a walk-in site). The below is a list of campgrounds with walk-in sites, but, as you may know, campgrounds fill up fast, especially on holiday weekends. Many may already be filled by Thursday evening or early Friday. Make sure to click on the links before heading out for pertinent details (e.g. dirt road access, minimum night stays for holiday weekends, number of sites).

Last, but not least, all Yellow Post Site areas--13 in all--around the forest are first-come, first-serve. These sites are semi-developed, meaning they usually have a picnic table and a fire ring, but no bathroom or water facilities. And most are accessed by dirt road, so high-clearance vehicles are recommended. To find areas where Yellow Post Sites are located, look for them on this list.

Note: We do not keep a real-time list of walk-in availability and all group campgrounds are reservation only.

Can I have a fire in the campground?

As of Friday, May 25, 2018, fires are allowed in developed campgrounds in Forest Service-provided fire rings.

The same goes for Yellow Post Sites if there’s a Forest Service-provided fire ring (no rock rings or personal rings allowed). If there is one and you want to use it, the group must have a California Campfire Permit, which is also required for using gas or propane stoves. Get the permit online or at a visitor center.

If you’re dispersed camping, using a gas or propane stove also requires the California Campfire Permit. Ground fires are never allowed, not even with a rock ring or personal fire ring.

What are the road conditions?

High-clearance vehicles are always recommended on the dirt roads of the San Bernardino National Forest. Expect rocks and ruts. Although low-clearance vehicles can navigate some areas, we never recommend them for dirt road travel.

Use the Motor Vehicle Use Map to know which Forest Service roads are open to the public and to which type of vehicle.