Marion Mountain Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This campground has many shaded camping sites and is located on the San Jacinto Ranger District.

Marion Mountain Campground is open from late May through mid November and is comprised of 25 individual campsites (16 reserved and 9 first-come-first-serve sites).  Located approximately 50 miles southeast of San Bernardino and 7 miles north of Idyllwild, the facility is in an alpine forest of pine, cedar, and oak trees at 6,400 feet elevation.  Many of the campsites offer panoramic views of sunsets and the surrounding mountain ranges.  The popular Marion Mountain Trail is easily accessible from the campground; it leads to other portions of the local trail network including the strenuous 5 mile hike to San Jacinto Peak at 10,834 feet elevation.  Additional recreation opportunities include lookout towers, scenic overlooks, OHV roads, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, picnic areas and a nature center.

Each campsite had a picnic table and a campfire ring with a grill.  Roads and campsite parking spurs are paved.  Other amenities include water faucets, trash receptacles and restrooms with vault (pit) toilets.  Firewood, restraurants, shops, gas stations and other facilities are available 7 miles south in the town of Idyllwild.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open.  No water available Monday through Thursday, however you can get water from Fern Basin Campground nearby.  Highway 243 from Banning is closed due to washout from February storms. Travel from Anza, Hwy 371, Palm Desert or Hemet Hwy 74 anytime. Call ranger station for details, or contact Caltrans, district 8. 
Reservations: Reservations can be made at least 3 days in advance of camp date, at or call 1-877-444-6777
Fees $10 per night (incudes 1 vehicle) + $5 per each additional vehicle payable at the campground.
Restrictions: The fee allows for a maximum of 8 people per campsite and entry for one motor vehicleand one legally towed vehicle.  Additional fees of $5 per extra vehicle will be collected at the campground.  A Maximum of two cars may be parked in each parking spur.  Parking off the pavement, in unoccupied parking spurs or on the campground road is prohibited.  Additional free parking is available 1/4 -mile outside the campground at the Marion Mountain Trailhead parking area.  Potable water may not be available.  Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash or otherwise secured at all times.  There are no refunds for inclement weather.  All wood and charcoal fires must be contained in the camfire rings provided. Use of portable charcoal barbecues is not permitted.  Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time all wood and charcoal fires will be prohibited.  For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2921.  Remember:  Extinguishing your campfire is your responsibility.  Make sure it is cold to the touch before you leave.
Closest Towns:  Idyllwild
Water: No
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: San Jacinto Ranger Station. US Forest Service, in Idyllwild (909) 382-2921, Friday- Monday 8-4, Tuesday 8-12.

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 1.5 miles.

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