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Overview of Dark Canyon Campground

Dark Canyon Campground is located within the San Bernardino National Forest in California. It offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a variety of recreational activities in a forested, mountainous setting.

Access and Location

The campground is situated at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and can be accessed via Forest Service Roads. It's important for visitors to check road conditions and potential closures, especially in the winter months or during inclement weather, by contacting the San Bernardino National Forest's ranger district office.

Campsites and Reservations

There are different types of campsites available, ranging from those suited for tents to sites that can accommodate RVs of certain sizes (usually with length restrictions). Many sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but it's advisable to make a reservation, particularly during peak camping season, to ensure availability. Reservations can typically be made through a national reservation system online or by phone.

Amenities and Facilities

Facilities at Dark Canyon Campground may include:

  • Picnic tables
  • Campfire rings
  • Vault toilets
  • Grills
  • Drinking water (seasonal)

Campers should note that amenities are generally basic, as it is a more rustic campground. There may not be hookups for RVs, so visitors should be prepared for dry camping if they are bringing RVs.

Recreational Activities

Outdoor activities in the area include:

  • Hiking: There are various trails in the vicinity for all skill levels.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to a variety of wildlife.
  • Fishing: Streams and lakes in the area may offer trout fishing.
  • Biking: Mountain biking is a popular activity on designated trails.
  • Photography: The natural beauty of the area offers wonderful opportunities for photography.

Wildlife and Safety

Visitors should be aware of the wildlife that inhabits the area, including bears. Proper food storage and disposal are crucial to ensure safety and to protect wildlife. It's also advisable to bring a first-aid kit and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness due to the campground's elevation.

Fire Safety

Campfires are often allowed in designated fire rings, but there can be fire restrictions, especially during periods of high fire danger. It's essential to check current fire conditions and regulations before your trip.

Weather Conditions

Mountain weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can drop significantly at night, even during summer. Campers should bring appropriate clothing and gear for various weather conditions.

Leave No Trace

As with any outdoor activity, it's important to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize environmental impact. This includes packing out all trash, being respectful of other campers, and preserving the natural habitat.


Dark Canyon Campground offers a classic camping experience immersed in the natural beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest. To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, campers should plan ahead, make reservations if necessary, arrive prepared, and respect the wilderness and wildlife. Always verify the most current information with the forest service or the official campground web pages since policies, services, and conditions can change.

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