Fern Basin Campground

San Jacinto Mountains

Mount San Jacinto

San Jacinto Mountains
Attractions and Activities

The San Jacinto Mountains provide great outdoor experiences year-round. Campers at Fern Basin Campground are near most of the most popular destinations.

  • Birders look for Steller's jays, mountain chickadees, Clark's nutcrackers, red crossbills and others.
  • Find enjoyable hiking and horseback riding on mountain trails.
  • Visit the Idyllwild Nature Center.
  • Join a guided tour in Mount San Jacinto State Park.
  • Take the Panorama Point Trail Interpretive Audio Tour.
  • Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
  • Children ages 7 to 12 participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the state park.
  • Make the arduous hike to the summit of San Jacinto Peak. (best in spring or fall)
  • Watch for wildlife such as raccoons, weasels, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and perhaps even a bear or bighorn sheep.
  • Winter cross-country skiing is popular.

Key Fern Basin Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times.
  2. Build campfires in the provided fire pits. Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions.
  3. Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in invasive pests.

Fern Basin Campground

Fern Basin Campground is located in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest north of Idyllwild. Visitors to the area enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and ATV/OHV riding. The campground is close to Mount San Jacinto State Park.

Fern Basin Campground has 23 campsites in an oak and conifer forested setting. Most campsites can accommodate small RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations for specific sites can be made, except for 8 campsites which are listed as Management. Reservations for those campsites are not site-specific, which means a particular campsite will be assigned upon arrival. Water has been a problem at the campground and may not be available. Call the San Jacinto Ranger District Office to confirm if potable water is available, (909) 382-2921.

Fern Basin Campground Basics
Fern Basin Location: Marion Mountain Rd., off Azalia Trail Rd, off Highway 243, 6 miles north of Idyllwild
Elevation: 6,300 feet
Mileage from Gateway Cities: Riverside - 53 miles
San Diego - 117 miles
Campground Open: Late May through mid-November
Number of Sites: 23
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle, ($5 for other vehicles)
Pets: On leash, always attended
San Jacinto Ranger District: (909) 382-2921

Fern Basin Reservations
Reservations available whenever campground is open; a few sites are first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 15 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night
Reservations: Fern Basin Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Marion Mountain Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water may not be available
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Nearby attractions: Marion Mountain Trail leading to wilderness camps and connecting to Pacific Crest Trail,
Mount San Jacinto State Park and its Panorama Point Trail (universal access, 1-mile loop to scenic viewpoint),
Black Mountain Scenic Area,
Lake Fulmor Picnic Area and trail,
Idyllwild Nature Center,
Humber Park, Devil's Slide Trail to Tahquitz Peak,
Indian Mountain OHV Trail

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