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Camping at Fern Basin Campground

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Location and Access

Fern Basin Campground is situated within San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. The campground's exact location is near the town of Idyllwild, making it an accessible spot for those in the region. To reach the site, campers typically have to drive on mountain roads that may be winding and steep in areas. It's essential to check the road conditions before traveling, especially during winter or inclement weather, to ensure that the roads are open and safe.

Campground Features

Fern Basin Campground offers several amenities which include:

  • Campsites: There are individual campsites that can accommodate tents and small trailers. Each site typically has a table, a campfire ring, and a grill.

  • Toilets: The campground usually has vault toilets available for use.

  • Water: Depending on the particular conditions or seasons, potable water may be available. It's recommended to check the current status and bring your own water if necessary.

  • Trash Disposal: There are usually trash receptacles, but campers are encouraged to practice "Leave No Trace" principles and pack out what they pack in.


The area around Fern Basin Campground is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, such as:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails accessible from the area that offer scenic views and a chance to experience the local flora and fauna.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to many species of wildlife, providing opportunities for nature watching.

  • Fishing: If there are streams or lakes nearby, fishing might be a popular activity, but always check for local regulations and requirements for fishing licenses.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Depending on the time of year, Fern Basin Campground may require reservations or operate on a first-come, first-served basis. It's best to check the current reservation policy through the Forest Service or a designated reservation system.

  • Fees: There is typically a fee per night for camping, which can vary based on the site and the services provided. Check for the most up-to-date information on fees.

Seasons and Accessibility

  • Operating Seasons: The campground might have specific operating seasons, usually during the warmer months. It may close in the off-season due to snow and winter conditions.

  • Accessibility: Some sites may be more accessible than others, and accommodations for those with disabilities can vary. Contact the Forest Service for details on accessibility.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Safety: Campfires are permitted in designated areas, but there may be seasonal restrictions due to fire danger. Always follow local guidelines and restrictions related to fire safety.

  • Wildlife Precautions: Store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

  • Weather Preparedness: The weather in the mountains can change quickly, so be ready for all conditions and check weather forecasts.

Contact Information

For the latest updates and information, it's best to contact the San Bernardino National Forest directly:

  • San Bernardino National Forest: They can provide information on current conditions, fire restrictions, trails, and more.

  • Ranger District: Contacting the local ranger district office for the area in which Fern Basin Campground is located will offer the most specific and current information.


Before heading to Fern Basin Campground, ensure you have up-to-date information regarding access, fees, regulations, and seasonal conditions. Preparation and adherence to local guidelines will ensure a safer and more enjoyable camping experience within the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest.

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