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Overview of San Gorgonio Campground

San Gorgonio Campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest near the San Gorgonio Wilderness, which contains the highest peak in Southern California. It provides visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, backpacking, and wildlife viewing.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Campsites: The campground typically offers a number of sites suitable for both tent and RV camping. Sites may include picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms.
  • Water Access: Drinking water is often available in the campground, but it is always wise to check current conditions.
  • Restrooms: Vault toilets or flush toilets may be available, depending on the campsite.


  • Hiking: The area is well known for its extensive hiking trails, including the popular San Gorgonio Mountain trails.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The campground is home to diverse wildlife; you may see species such as deer, foxes, and many birds.
  • Fishing: If near water bodies, fishing might be an activity you can participate in; always check for licensing requirements.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites at San Gorgonio Campground might be reservable via the National Recreation Reservation System (Recreation.gov), while some may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees: There is likely a fee to camp at this campground. The fee structure would depend on the type of site and amenities provided.

Seasonal Availability

  • Operating Season: The campground may not be open year-round and could have a specific operating season, primarily due to weather conditions. Make sure to check ahead for the exact opening and closing dates.

Rules and Regulations

  • Wilderness Permits: For some of the hiking trails, especially those entering the San Gorgonio Wilderness, a wilderness permit may be required.
  • Fire Restrictions: Depending on the season and conditions, there may be fire restrictions in place. Always follow the current guidelines to prevent wildfires.
  • Pets: Often, pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash; however, their access can be limited in certain areas for conservation reasons.


  • Road Access: The roads leading to San Gorgonio Campground are generally paved, but it is wise to check for any seasonal closures or construction.
  • Accessibility: Accessibility for those with disabilities can vary; some sites and facilities may be ADA compliant, while others may not.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and pack accordingly, especially since the campground is located at a high elevation.
  • Wildlife: Proper food storage is crucial to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Health Precautions: Always have a first aid kit ready and be aware of the signs of altitude sickness.

Local Attractions and Services

  • Nearby Towns: The campground is generally located within driving distance of towns where you can find additional services, like grocery stores and gear shops.
  • Visitor Centers: Check to see if there is a nearby visitor center for maps and additional information about the forest and wilderness areas.

Contact Information

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always contact the forest service or local ranger district directly.

  • San Bernardino National Forest: You can obtain current conditions, restrictions, and other information by reaching out to the main office or visiting their official website.

Note: The details provided here are general in nature. For the most accurate and current information regarding San Gorgonio Campground, directly consult the San Bernardino National Forest's resources or visit the official website for the United States Forest Service.

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