Boulder Basin Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The campground has a "Q" configuration with camp sites on top of the letter having a delightful vista while sites on either side have tower boulders for a backdrop.  Magnificent Ponderosa and Sugar pines and other conifers are found throughout the campground.  This is a campground for hikers, mountain bikers, bouldering enthusiasts, and anyone looking for quiet and solitude - well worth the challenge of the road to the campground.  The Black Mountain Lookout Tower is accessed via hiking a dirt road from campground and offers breathtaking views of the area.  The ground cover throughout the campground is pine needles and various size pine cones.  Privacy between camp sites is fair. (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: Closed
Operational Hours: This campground will not be open for the 2020 season.
Reservations: Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance at
Fees $10 per night (incudes 1 vehicle) + $5 for each additional vehicle.
Restrictions: A site must be reserved for a minimum of 3 nights on major holidays. 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. 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!
Closest Towns: Banning, Idyllwild.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:  San Jacinto Ranger District office, 909-382-2921. If leaving a message, please say your phone number slowly. 

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 17.5 miles to Black Mountain Rd (4s01 dirt road) travel approximately 6 miles to Boulder Basin Campground.

Note: Black Mountain Road (4S01) is an unpaved forest road not recommended for low clearance vehicles or trailers.

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