Marion Mountain Campground
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 San Bernardino National Forest is submitting a proposal to increase fees at various sites across the Forest, and is seeking public input. Please visit San Bernardino National Forest - News & Events (usda.gov) for more information and to submit comments regarding this proposal.
The popular Marion Mountain Trail is easily accessible from the campground; it leads to other portions of the local trail network including the strenuous 5.4 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 has 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, restaurants, shops, gas stations and other facilities are available 7 miles south in the town of Idyllwild.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed for the season, will open Memorial weekend 2024.|
|Reservations:||Call 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Reservations can be made as early as 6 months or at least 3 days in advance of camp date. Otherwise, there are first come, first serve sites available.|
|Fees:||$10 per night (incudes 1 vehicle) + $5 each additional vehicle payable at the campground.|
|Permit Info:||Campfire permits are required for any type of other fire use, such as propane fire rings, lanterns or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.|
|Restrictions:||The fee allows for a maximum of 8 people per campsite and entry for one motor vehicle and 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.
When allowed, all wood and charcoal fires must be contained in the campfire rings provided. 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 1-909-382-2921.
|Information Center:||San Jacinto Ranger District
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549 1-909-382-2921
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||24|
|Reservation Info||Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. http://www.recreation.gov/|