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Inland Empire Camping

Inland Empire Camping Overview

Inland Empire

Campgrounds in the Inland Empire number in the hundreds. Find Inland Empire camping with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include State Parks, National Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Camping in the Inland Empire varies from the dense pine forest of Southern California's highest peak to lakeside camping at several high desert lakes. Inland Empire campgrounds of notable interest include Idyllwild Campground on Mt. San Jacinto, Yucaipa Campground with its giant water slides and lake camping at Lake Perris and Serrano Campground on Big Bear Lake. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.

BEARS: Metal bear-proof lockers are provided in almost all campsites where bears are a problem. California bears rarely attack people without provocation and should not be feared, but a great deal of space and respect should be given to a bear. Please visit our Tips page for more information on bears and other precautions to consider.

PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.

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San Bernardino Camping

Applewhite Campground is located off Interstate 15 & Sierra Avenue (Lytle Creek Road). Camp is situated across the road from Lytle Creek. The campground includes 44 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station available. First-come, first-served.

Applewhite Campground
Applewhite Road
San Bernardino, CA 92358
(909) 382-2851
Map  |   No Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Silverwood Lake Campground is located off Highways 18 and 138 north of San Bernardino. Activities at Silverwood Lake include hiking, swimming, boating, water-skiing and fishing. The lake has trout, large-mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a boat launch ramp at the marina where they also rent boats and equipment. This campground by the lake includes 136 campsites for tent and small RV camping. Features include picnic table and fire ring with grill. Flush toilets and showers. RV dump station nearby.

Silverwood Lake Campground
Highway 138
Hesperia, CA 92345
Reservations: (800) 444-7275
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Lake Arrowhead is located off Highways 18 and 138 north of San Bernardino. Lake Arrowhead is a private lake so lake usage is restricted, but nearby Green Valley Lake offers swimming and fishing activities. Below we've provided information on the most popular campgrounds in Lake Arrowhead.

Lake Arrowhead Camping
Highway 173
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
(909) 337-3715
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  • Dogwood Campground is located between Lake Gregory and Lake Arrowhead on Highway 18. Campground offers 94 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV hookups and dump station. Reservations required.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • Green Valley Campground is located halfway between Arrowhead and Big Bear Lakes off Highway 18. Green Valley Lake is close by. Campground offers 38 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations required.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • North Shore Campground is located north of Lake Arrowhead off Highway 173. Campground offers 27 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations required.
    Map  |   Reservations


Big Bear Lake is located off Highways 18 and 38 east of Redlands. Nestled in the pine trees at over 6,000 feet above sea level, Big Bear Lake is known for its winter ski resorts, private cabins, large fishing lake and pristine lake camping. Horseback riding is offered nearby at Baldwin Lake. Below we've provided information on the most popular campgrounds in Big Bear.

Big Bear Camping
Highway 18 or 38
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Reservations: (877) 444-6777
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  • Hanna Flats Campground is located 3-miles north of Highway 38 and Big Bear Lake off Rim of the World Drive. Take Rim of the World Drive north from Fawnskin. Campground offers 88 campsites for tent and small RV camping. Campsites include picnic table and fire ring, flush and pit toilets. Reservations required for half of the campsites leaving the others for First-come first-served.
    Map

  • Pineknot Campground is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake off Highway 18. Campground offers 48 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, barbecue, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations required.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • Serrano Campground is located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake off Highway 38. This is the only campground along the lake's shore. This campground by the lake offers 132 campsites for tent and RV camping. RV hookups and dump station. Campsites include picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets and showers. Reservations required, but any unreserved campsites are First-come first-served. The Alpine Pedal Path follows the north shore of Big Bear Lake and connects the campground with the Discovery Center and the eastern shore.
    Map  |   Reservations  |   More Info


San Gorgonio is located off Highway 38 east of Mentone. San Gorgonio is Southern California's highest peak at 11,502 feet above sea level. Hiking trailheads connect the peak to the campgrounds listed below. Both campgrounds are situated at approximately 6500 feet in a pine tree forest. Below we've provided information on the most popular campgrounds in San Gorgonio.

Mill Creek Ranger Station
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, California 92359
Reservations: (909) 382-2881
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  • Barton Flats Campground is located off Highway 38 near the Jenks Lake turnoff. Campground offers 52 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station. Reservations required. Year-round camp.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • San Gorgonio Campground is located 25-miles south of Big Bear on Highway 38. Campground offers 54 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations required.
    Map  |   Reservations


High Desert Camping

Mojave Narrows Campground is located off Interstate 15 & Bear Valley Road, east of Victorville. Campground is situated along side the Mojave River. Amenities include Horseshoe Lake stocked with bass, trout and catfish, paddle boat, row boat and electric boat rentals and horseback riding. The campground includes 85 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station available.

Mojave Narrows Campground
18000 Yates Road
Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 245-2226
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Hesperia Lake Campground is located off Interstate 15 east of Hesperia on Main Street. Features include a store, equestrian camping and a small fishing lake stocked with trout, catfish and giant sturgeon weighing up to 200 pounds. This campground by the lake includes campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers.

Hesperia Lake Campground
7500 Arrowhead Lake Road
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 244-5951
Map  |   Call for Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Mojave River Forks Campground is located off Interstate 15 southeast of Hesperia on Highway 173. The campground features hiking and equestrian trails and includes 70 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station available.

Mojave River Forks Campground
18395 Highway 173
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 389-2322
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Riverside Camping

Rancho Jurupa Campground is located near the intersection of the 60 and 91 Freeways off Mission Boulevard. Amenities include a small fishing lake stocked with trout and catfish. This campground by the lake includes 67 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station on site.

Rancho Jurupa Campground
4800 Crestmore Road
Riverside, CA 92509
(951) 684-7032
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Bogart Campground is located off Interstate 10 north of Beaumont. The campground includes 26 campsites for tent and small RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill and flush toilets.

Bogart Park Campground
9600 Cherry Avenue
Cherry Valley, CA 92223
(951) 845-3818
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Yucaipa Campground is located off Interstate 10 off Oak Glen Road. Voted #1 Picnic Spot in the Inland Empire. Yucaipa Lake is a small fishing and boating lake stocked with trout, catfish and bass. Amenities include a bait shop, snack bar, playground and a swim lagoon with 300-foot tall water slides. This campground by the lake includes campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring with grill, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station available.

Yucaipa Campground
33900 Oak Glen Road
Yucaipa CA 92399
(909) 790-3127
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Prado Campground is located off Highway 71 at Euclid Avenue (Hwy 83). Prado Lake is a small fishing and paddle boating lake stocked with trout, catfish and bass, bait shop, a general store, playing fields, golf course and shooting range. Guided horseback riding is available by the hour from a nearby stable. The campground includes campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include a picnic table, fire ring with grill, sun shelters, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station available.

Prado Campground
16700 S. Euclid Avenue
Chino, CA 91708
(909) 597-4260
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San Jacinto Camping

Site #6, Idyllwild County Campground

Idyllwild is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 in the San Jacinto Mountains. This quaint mountain community resides on the second highest peak in Southern California. Rustic cabins and tent camping are plentiful here. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, shopping and sightseeing. Consider hiking to the peak of San Jacinto and farther to the top of the Palm Springs Tram during your stay. Below we've provided information on the most popular campgrounds in Idyllwild.

Mount San Jacinto State Park Campground
25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(951) 659-2607
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  • Stone Creek Campground is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 and approximately 25-miles north of the town of Idyllwild, in Pine Wood. Campground offers 28 campsites for tent and small RV camping. Campsites include picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations recommended or first-come first-served.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • Idyllwild Campground is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 and within stones throw distance to the town of Idyllwild. Idyllwild Campground offers 33 campsites for tent and small RV camping. Features include a picnic table, fire ring & grill, food locker, Flush toilets and showers. Concerts and movie showings are held during the summer months near the entrance to the park. A short nature trail leads to an Indian grinding rock within the park. Walk to shops, restaurants and entertainment in downtown Idyllwild.
    TIP: campsites 12, 26 & 28 have cement pads for small RVs. The rest of the park has standard tent camping spots. Campsites 4 through 7 offer the most shade. The Indian grinding rock is located behind camps 6 & 7, which can bring some foot traffic into your camp.
    Map  |   Reservations

  • Idyllwild County Campground is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 and within moderate walking distance to the town of Idyllwild. Campground offers 83 campsites for tent and RV camping. Campsites include picnic table and fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended or first-come first-served. A short nature trail leads from the campground to the Idyllwild Nature Center.
    TIP: Campsites 2 & 6 offer additional elbow room. Campsites 84 through 95 are able to accommodate large motorhomes and situated at the back of the park in a large open area with little shade. Campsites 23 and 39 are among the tent campers and can accommodate a small RV camper. A tight, one-lane road makes it tricky for a large RV.
    Map  |   Reservations


Hurkey Creek Campground is located off Highway 74 just a short distance south of Mountain Center. The campground includes 100 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table and fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station and hook-ups. Reservations recommended or first-come first-served.

Hurkey Creek Campground
56375 Highway 74
Mountain Center, California 92561
(951) 659-2050
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Lake Hemet Campground is located off Highway 74 south of Idyllwild. Lake Hemet is a small lake at 1.5 miles long and a half-mile wide. Activities include camping, boating, fishing and picnicking. This campground by the lake includes over 500 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table and fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Resort amenities include an RV dump station, RV hook-ups, playground, boat launch ramp, laundry facilities and marina. Reservations recommended.

Lake Hemet
56570 Highway 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561
(951) 659-2680
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South Inland Empire Camping

Lake Perris Campground is located off Highway 215 near Moreno Valley. Activities at Lake Perris include camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing and more. There is a launch ramp at the marina where they also rent boats and equipment. A bike path navigates around the entire shoreline. This campground by the lake includes over 400 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets and showers. RV dump station and hook-ups. Reservations recommended.

Lake Perris State Park Campground
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, California 92571
(800) 444-7275
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Lake Elsinore Campground is located off Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore. Activities at Lake Elsinore include camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing and more. There is a boat launch ramp at the marina where they also rent boats and equipment. This campground by the lake includes 140 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. RV dump station and hook-ups. Reservations recommended.

Lake Elsinore Campground
32040 Riverside Drive
Lake Elsinore, California 92530
Reservations: (800) 416-6992
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Lake Skinner Campground is located northeast of Temecula off Interstate 15 and Rancho California Road. Lake Skinner is a fishing & boating lake, swimming pool and shaded day use areas. This campground by the lake includes over 400 campsites for tent and RV camping. Features include picnic table and fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station and hook-ups. Reservations recommended or first-come first-served.

Lake Skinner Campground
37701 Warren Road
Winchester, CA 92596
(951) 926-1541
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National Forest Camping

Primitive and developed camping throughout the forest from San Bernardino in the north, south to San Diego County. Most offer a table, fire ring and vault toilets. Many do not have running water. Reservations required at some campgrounds.

San Bernardino National Forest
602 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92408
(909) 382-2600
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