Stone Creek Campground

Mount San Jacinto State Park

San Jacinto Mountains

Mount San Jacinto State Park
Attractions and Activities

The 14,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park offers a wilderness experience less than two hours from San Diego or Los Angeles. Campers at Stone Creek Campground can enjoy all the attractions in the state park as well as the surrounding National Forest.

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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 Stone Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only allowed in established fire rings or camp stoves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  3. Dogs must always be on leash and are not permitted on wilderness trails. At night they must be in a vehicle or tent.

Stone Creek Campground

Stone Creek Campground is located in Mount San Jacinto State Park, between Hemet and Palm Springs. The San Jacinto Mountains are well known for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which runs from near Palms Springs to an elevation of 8,500 feet near the summit of 10,834-foot San Jacinto Peak. Mount San Jacinto State Park's campgrounds and headquarters are on the west side of the mountain range, along Highway 243 and 74. Trails lead up through the park's wilderness area and connect with the tramway.

Visitors to Stone Creek Campground enjoy hiking on local trails. A majority of the park is designated as wilderness. Permits to enter the wilderness are required even for day hikes.

Stone Creek Campground has 48 campsites. Twelve campsites are designated for RVs or trailers only. Another 12 can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Twenty-two campsites are set aside for tents only. Campsites are among pines and manzanitas, offering some privacy.

Stone Creek Campground Basics
Stone Creek Campground Location: Highway 243 south 13 miles from Banning
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Mileage from Gateway Cities: Riverside - 52 miles
San Diego - 116 miles
Number of Sites: 48
Open - Closed: Sites 1-4 and 24-50 open early May through November
Sites 3-23 open early May through September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 covered by campground fee, additional fee for extra vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground and Park Information: {951} 659-2607

Reservations for Stone Creek Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. .
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 24 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #1 and #31
Fees: $25 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Stone Creek Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Stone Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes
Campground map: Idyllwild Campground Map (PDF download)
Attractions near Stone Creek Campground: Panorama Point Trail (universal access, 1-mile loop to scenic viewpoint), Fuller Mill Creek Picnic Area, park headquarters, Visitor Center, hiking trails, Idyllwild Nature Center, Humber Park, Devil's Slide Trail to Tahquitz Peak

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Winter conditions may require chains to reach the campground.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites in the state park are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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