Inland Empire Camping Overview
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.
CAMPING CHECKLIST - download our checklist of common camping supplies and you won't forget anything at home.
REI - rents camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and more.
Looking for some late night campsite entertainment? Check out www.seasky.org for their celestial calendar including meteor showers.