Boulder Basin Campground San Bernardino National Forest California

Black Mountain Truck Trail
Banning, California 92220
909 382-2921

Boulder Basin campground has 34 campsites set among a beautiful forest of Ponderosa and Sugar Pines in a remote area of the the San Bernardino National Forest.  Although campsites are large and spread out, trailers and RVs are not recommended. Access to the campground is via the Black Mountain road (high-clearance vehicles recommended). From Highway 243 the road is about 4.5 miles to the campground and mostly up a (at times) narrow and winding.  There are also a few potholes, dips and steep dirt sections.

The campground is open May through October and all sites are reservable. All campsites also have picnic tables and fire rings. You can also have campfires at your campsite. Amenities include vault toilets, but no water (so bring your own).

Area Recreation & Activities

Outdoor recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, bouldering, picnicking, horseback riding, OHVing and wildlife viewing.  You can also access Black Mountain Lookout Tower via a trail from the campground. The top offers spectacular views of the Southern California.

Idyllwild Park campground is located about 14 miles away and has 88 campsites. The sites can also accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. Black Mountain Group Campground is also a few miles away.

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Best Campsites

15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 33

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

May – October



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  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service - None
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Bouldering
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • OHVing
  • OTV Trails/Riding
  • Photography
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails

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  1. Ronald Lee Wells Jr says:

    I’ve been camping at Boulder basin for 28 years I love it there, the view is incredible and hiking is the best, it’s the best thing in Southern California, when I want to get away its close and secluded,and it feels like I’m in the mountains with the beautiful pine trees. I’ll continue to camp there as long as I am alive.

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