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: Open.  Highway 243 from Banning is closed due to washout from February storms. Travel from Anza, Hwy 371, or Palm Desert, Hwy 74 anytime.  However, travel from Hemet is with pilot car through road reconstruction.  Call ranger station for details, or contact Caltrans, district 8. 
Reservations: Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of camping date, at www.recreation.gov
Fees $10 per night (incudes 1 vehicle) + $5  per 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: Forest Service, Idyllwild Ranger Station at 54270 Pine Crest Ave, 909-382-2921.  Open Friday through Monday 8-4, Tuesday 8-12.

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