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Dark Canyon Campground (California) Make a Reservation

25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(909) 382-2921
33.80361 / -116.73111

Dark Canyon Campground is located within Mount San Jacinto State Park in the San Jacinto Mountains. The campground opens toward the end of May and closes mid September. Dark Canyon Campground has 17 campsites for tents and small RVs and is set among a beautiful forest of large pine trees. Campground roads and camping pads are paved.

The North Fork of the San Jacinto (more like a creek) is located next to the campground. The campground has vault toilets and drinking water. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. Fires are allowed – fire restrictions permitting. Contact the San Jacinto District Ranger Station to inquire about campfires at (909) 382-2921.

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3 Replies to “Dark Canyon”

  1. can we have a fire, this month? We’ll be there the tenth thru the 16th.

    1. We loved it last year, we we’re there around September month. Very enjoyable and quiet, and peaceful. Coming back this next week. spending an entire week up there this time. Yay, it’s my vacation time. Chose Black Canyon for rest, and peace of mind with Nature.

    2. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Annette,
      Dark Canyon Campground does allow fires in the campsites (fire rings) – fire restrictions permitting. You should contact the San Jacinto District Ranger office at (909) 382-2921 to check on fire restrictions.

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From I-10E exit 8th St in Banning California, turn right onto 8th St, then left on Lincoln St, then right on San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243. From I-10W exit Hargrave St, turn left onto Hargrave St, then right on Lincoln St. then left on San Gorgonio Ave/Highway 243. Go South on 243 for approximately 20 miles just past the Alandale Fire Station. Go left at Azalea Trails Rd (Stone Creek Campground Road) for 2.5 miles.


  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Climbing
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Mountains
  • Mt. San Jacinto State Park
  • Southern California
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
Best Campsites:

18 and 20


From: Late May To: Mid September

# of Campsites: