Fern Basin Campground

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

As of Thursday, 05/26/2022, No wood or charcoal fires or barbecues are allowed due to high fire danger. Gas/Propane appliances are permitted with fuel shut-off valve.

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: Closed for the season.   
Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Reservations can be made as early as 6 months or as late as 3 days in advance.
Fees: $10 per night (includes 1 vehicle) + $5 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. 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!
Closest Towns:  Idyllwild
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Information Center:
San Jacinto Ranger District
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 22
Reservation Info Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. http://www.recreation.gov/

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