Nestled within the towering pines and oaks of San Bernardino National Forest, Marion Mountain Campground offers wilderness camping approximately 50 miles southeast of San Bernardino and 7 miles north of the charming town of Idyllwild, California.
Perched at an elevation of 6,400 feet, the campground is well-appointed with 25 individual campsites, each offering a chance to bask in the majestic views of sunsets and mountain ranges.
|Site Types||Tent, RV|
|Amenities||Picnic tables, fire rings with grills, vault toilets, water faucets (seasonal), trash receptacles, paved roads and spurs|
|Reservations||Yes, required for 16 sites, 9 first-come-first-serve|
|Campground Address||Directions provided in General Information|
|Campground GPS||33.792492, -116.732005|
|Location||San Bernardino National Forest|
|Season||Late May through mid-November|
For those coming from I-10E, take exit 8th St in Banning, turn right onto 8th St, then left on Lincoln St, and finally, turn right onto San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243. From I-10W, exit at Hargrave St, turn left, then right on Lincoln St, and left onto San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243.
Continue south on Highway 243 for approximately 20 miles, past Alandale Fire Station. Turn left at Azalea Trails Rd (Stone Creek Campground Road) and follow for 1.5 miles to the campground.
Marion Mountain Campground Overview
The campground opens from late May until mid-November, with a mix of reservable and first-come-first-serve sites. RVs and tents are welcome, although there are no hookups. The panoramic views and close proximity to the Marion Mountain Trail—leading to the challenging San Jacinto Peak—make it a favorite among hikers and nature enthusiasts.
RVs and tents are welcome, although there are no hookups. Each campsite has a picnic table and a campfire ring with a grill. Other campground amenities include water faucets, trash receptacles, and restrooms with vault toilets. The roads around the campground are paved as are the parking space for each campsite.
Reservations and Fees
When planning your trip to Marion Mountain Campground, remember that reservations can be made through a phone call or by visiting the official website. This can be done as far ahead as six months before your visit or as late as three days in advance.
A stay will cost $10 per night, which includes parking for one vehicle. Any additional vehicles will be subject to a fee of $5 each. To ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy the campground, there’s a stipulation for a minimum three-night stay over major holiday weekends.
Restrictions and Conditions
The campsite permits a maximum of eight people per site. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and the campground does not offer refunds due to inclement weather.
Fire restrictions are subject to change based on the weather conditions; it’s advised to contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station for the latest information before making reservations, especially in the late fall. For those bringing furry friends, dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash at all times for the safety and comfort of all campers.
For eligible campers, the campground offers a significant discount on-site fees. Those holding a Golden Age, Golden Access, or America the Beautiful Senior or Access Passport are entitled to a 50% reduction in campsite fees. It is important to note that the holder of the passport must be present to receive the discount.
For up-to-date information on fire conditions or weather closures, campers should reach out to the Idyllwild Ranger Station at (909) 382-2921. For additional inquiries, the San Jacinto Ranger District serves as a useful resource with knowledgeable staff to assist you. Whether you need details about the campground, surrounding trails, or educational programs at the nature center, they are there to help.
Marion Mountain Campground is an ideal destination for those seeking a rustic camping experience in the San Bernardino National Forest. With its proximity to Idyllwild and the array of recreational activities available, campers are sure to find something that will make their stay enjoyable and memorable.
Supplies and Nearby Attractions
In the vicinity of Marion Mountain Campground, about ten miles away, Idyllwild provides all the necessities and comforts you might need during your stay. This includes access to grocery stores for stocking up on supplies, laundry facilities to freshen up your camping gear, and even a movie theater for a night out.
For those who love the great outdoors, the area around the campground is a playground offering a variety of activities. You can explore the overlook ATV and OHV trails, challenge yourself with some rock climbing, enjoy the numerous hiking trails, or take a more leisurely pace with horseback riding and mountain biking.
There’s also a nature center for those interested in learning more about the local flora and fauna, as well as a picnic area perfect for a family lunch surrounded by nature.
For more information on camping in the area, check out our complete guide to Idyllwild camping. Also see our Idyllwild adventure guide for ideas on what to do in the area, including hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing.