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Dark Canyon Campground (California) Make a Reservation

25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(909) 382-2921
33.80361, -116.73111
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Dark Canyon Campground has 17 campsites for tents, trailers and small RVs and is located within Mount San Jacinto State Park in the San Jacinto Mountains. Dark Canyon opens toward the end of May and closes mid September.  Campground roads and camping pads are paved. The North Fork of the San Jacinto River (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.

Mount San Jacinto State Park has four other campgrounds – Stone Creek (50 campsites), Idyllwild (34 campsites), Fern Basin (24 campsites) and Marion Mountain  (24 campsites).

Mount San Jacinto State Park is located in the San Jacinto Mountains and can be reached via Highway 243 from Idyllwild (CA) or by tram from Palm Springs. Elevation in the 14,000 acre park ranges from 6,000 to the 11,000 feet peak of Mt. San Jacinto, the 2nd highest point in southern California. The park’s granite peaks, sub-alpine forests and mountain meadows offer visitors a primitive high-country experience with many hiking trails and spectacular views. The park offers 4 developed campgrounds and several hike-in camping locations (wilderness camping permit required).

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, one of the largest and longest single-lift tramways in the world, carries passengers 2.5 miles from the Valley Station in Chino Canyon to Mountain Station, on the edge of the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness. After a lift of nearly 6,000 feet, visitors can explore the alpine forest and hike trails of varying difficulty.

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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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Directions:

 

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.

 

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

18 and 20

Season:

From: Late May To: Mid September

Elevation:

6,400

# of Campsites:

17