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Boulder Basin Campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. It offers visitors a chance to enjoy the serenity of the forest and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The campground is situated at an elevation of about 7,500 feet, providing cooler temperatures even in the summer.


The access to Boulder Basin Campground is typically seasonal, due to its high elevation. It's usually open from late spring to fall, but these dates can change depending on the weather conditions. It is important for visitors to check the current conditions before planning their trip. Road access involves mountain roads that can be narrow and winding, and during winter months, may require chains or 4WD vehicles if snow or ice is present.


The campground features numerous individual campsites suitable for tent camping, and some may accommodate smaller RVs or trailers. Facilities might include picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets, but you should not expect hookups for water, sewer, or electricity.

Amenities & Services

Essential Services:

  • Drinking water may not be available, so bring plenty of your own.
  • Garbage service could be limited, so pack out what you pack in.

Recreational Opportunities:

  • Hiking trails are accessible from the campground, catering to various skill levels.
  • Star-gazing is a popular activity due to the low light pollution at this high elevation.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for Boulder Basin Campground may be recommended or required, depending on the time of year and current forest service regulations. You can typically make reservations through a national reservation service, or the policy may be first-come, first-served. There will be a fee to use the campsites, so check the latest information online or contact the local ranger district for the most current pricing.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campfire permits may be required for campfires, stove use, and smoking outside vehicles; check current conditions as fire regulations can change based on weather and forest conditions.
  • Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Wildlife in the area can be attracted to food, so proper food storage is critical to avoid attracting bears and other animals.

Safety Considerations

Given its elevation and forested environment, weather can change quickly, bringing cold temperatures and storms even in summer months. Be prepared with layered clothing and appropriate gear. Also, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness if you're not accustomed to higher elevations. Lastly, always inform someone of your travel plans and estimated return time.

For the most up-to-date information, contacting the San Bernardino Ranger District or visiting the USDA Forest Service's official website is advisable prior to visiting Boulder Basin Campground.

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