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Camping at Buttercup Group Camp Campground

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Location and Access

Buttercup Group Camp Campground is situated in the San Bernardino National Forest, which is located in Southern California. The campground is typically accessed via the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, a route that provides stunning vistas as travelers approach the area. Exact directions can vary, so it's essential to check a map and possibly consult with the Forest Service for the latest information regarding road conditions and access.

Campground Features

The campground is designed to accommodate groups and as such, offers a different set of amenities than individual campsites:

  • Group Campsites: The sites are larger, able to accommodate more people and gear than single-family sites.
  • Fire Rings and Picnic Tables: Usually, group sites have multiple tables and fire rings for group gatherings.
  • Restrooms: There are typically vault toilets available, but check ahead for flush toilets if that is a concern for your group.
  • Utility Hookups: These are usually not available at group sites, meaning that campers should be prepared to be self-sufficient.

Recreational Activities

San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of recreational activities that can be enjoyed while camping at Buttercup Group Camp Campground:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the vicinity, catering to all experience levels.
  • Biking: Mountain bikers can find challenging and scenic routes nearby.
  • Fishing: Anglers can try their luck in the streams and lakes in the forest.
  • Wildlife Watching: The national forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife.
  • Winter Sports: Depending on the season, snow-based activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing may be available.

Reservation and Occupancy

Reservations are typically required for group campsites, and they can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or other similar services. Check the specific details for Buttercup Group Camp as there could be restrictions on the number of people allowed per site, and the length of stay might be regulated during peak seasons.

Fees and Passes

There is usually a fee to reserve group campsites, which can differ based on the size of the site and the amenities offered. Additionally, a vehicle pass might be needed to park in the national forest. Always confirm the current rate structure before making a reservation.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Given the risks of wildfires, follow all fire regulations and restrictions closely.
  • Wildlife: Store food properly to protect local wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Minimize your impact on the environment by packing out all trash and following Leave No Trace principles.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they typically must be leashed.

Weather and Safety

The weather in the San Bernardino mountains can change rapidly, so campers need to be prepared for a range of conditions, including potentially cold temperatures at night, even in summer. Always check the forecast before heading out and be aware of the signs of hypothermia and heat-related illnesses. It's also important to inform someone about your travel itinerary and expected return time.

Accessibility

The accessibility of the campground for people with disabilities may vary, so it's best to check with the Forest Service or campground managers regarding the availability of accessible facilities.

For the most current and detailed information, contacting the local Forest Service office in the San Bernardino National Forest or visiting their website is advisable before planning your trip.

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