Discover Nature’s Haven: Marion Mountain Campground in San Jacinto Mountains

Nestled amidst the majestic San Jacinto Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, Marion Mountain Campground offers a serene escape for outdoor enthusiasts. Historically, this campground has been a gateway to the wilderness, providing access to hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV/OHV adventures. With 24 campsites surrounded by towering trees, Marion Mountain Campground invites campers to revel in the beauty of the San Jacinto wilderness.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for Campers Camping Here the First Time

  • Reserved Tranquility: Since 2019, all campsites must be reserved in advance, ensuring a stress-free arrival and securing a spot in this popular campground.
  • Vehicle Regulations: Be mindful of the maximum vehicle length of 17 feet, and note that only one vehicle and one towed vehicle are allowed per site, with an additional fee for extra vehicles.
  • Seasonal Bliss: Opt for a visit between mid-May and mid-November to enjoy the camping season, weather permitting, and experience the San Jacinto Mountains in their various seasonal splendors.
  • Wildlife Awareness: Keep an eye out for diverse wildlife, including Steller’s jays, mountain chickadees, and red crossbills, while ensuring dogs are kept on a leash and attended at all times.
  • Explore the Trails: Delve into the network of hiking and OHV trails, such as the Marion Mountain Trail leading to wilderness camps and connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Top Strategies and Tactics to Get the Most Out of Camping Here

  • Timing Matters: Plan your visit during the spring or fall for the best hiking conditions and the opportunity to make the arduous hike to the summit of San Jacinto Peak.
  • Audio Adventure: Take advantage of the Panorama Point Trail Interpretive Audio Tour, enhancing your hiking experience with informative insights into the surrounding landscapes.
  • Junior Ranger Program: If you’re camping with children aged 7 to 12, engage them in the Junior Ranger Program at the nearby Mount San Jacinto State Park for an educational and entertaining experience.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Embark on an adventure by riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Winter Wonderland: Experience the beauty of winter with cross-country skiing, a popular activity in the area, adding a unique twist to your camping excursion.

Recommendations on What Camping Gear to Use

  • Compact Camping Gear: Given the site’s location, opt for compact camping gear suitable for a forested setting, ensuring easy setup and maneuverability.
  • Fire Safety Equipment: Bring fire safety equipment, including a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit, to adhere to campground regulations and promote a safe camping environment.
  • Local Firewood: Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests, contributing to the preservation of the natural ecosystem.
  • Pet Essentials: Pack essentials for your pets, including a leash, water bowl, and waste disposal bags, to comply with campground regulations and ensure a pleasant camping experience for all.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

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Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Marion Mountain Campground, where comfortable campsites, diverse outdoor activities, and stunning landscapes converge. As you embark on a journey through the San Jacinto Mountains, you’ll discover a haven for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike.