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Dark Canyon Campground (California)

Dark Canyon Overview

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Dark Canyon Campground has 17 campsites for tents, trailers and small RVs and is located hear the town of Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest. The North Fork of the San Jacinto River (more like a creek) is also located next to the campground. The campground is first-come, first-serve.

Dark Canyon opens toward the end of May and closes mid September.  Amenities include paved parking spurs, drinking water and vault toilets. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill.

Other campgrounds in the are include Stone Creek (50 campsites), Idyllwild (34 campsites), Fern Basin (24 campsites) and Marion Mountain  (24 campsites).

Dark Canyon – Area Recreation

There are many trails in the area and hikers can access San Jacinto Mountain (the 2nd highest point in Southern California). The granite peaks, sub-alpine forests and mountain meadows offer visitors a primitive high-country experience. Other outdoor activities include biking, picnicking and fishing. Wildlife viewing is also nice here.


First Come, First Served

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Climbing
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(909) 382-2921
Lat / Long:

33.80361, -116.73111

Best Campsites

18 and 20

Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

From: Late May To: Mid September



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Dark Canyon Comments & Reviews

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3 Comments on “Dark Canyon”

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

    • 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.

    • 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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