Marion Mountain Campground

San Jacinto Mountains

Mount San Jacinto

San Jacinto Mountains
Attractions and Activities

The San Jacinto Mountains provide great outdoor experiences year-round.

  • Birders look for Steller's jays, mountain chickadees, Clark's nutcrackers, red crossbills and others.
  • 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

Marion Mountain Campground

Marion Mountain Campground is located in the San Jacinto Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest north of Idyllwild. Visitors to the campground enjoy hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV/OHV riding.

Marion Mountain Campground has 24 campsites in a forested setting. Most campsites can accommodate small RVs, trailers, and tents. One campsite is designated for tents only. 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.

Campground Basics
Location: Marion Mountain Rd., off Azalia Trail Rd, off Highway 243, 5 miles north of Idyllwild
Elevation: 6,500 feet
Mileage from Gateway Cities: Riverside - 54 miles
San Diego - 118 miles
Campground Open: Mid-May through mid-November
Number of Sites: 17
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

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: 17 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night
Reservations: Marion Mountain 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
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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