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Forest Service converting campgrounds to reservation-only facilities


Last updated 10/25/2018 at 10:34am

IDYLLWILD - Three campgrounds managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the San Jacinto Mountains will be turned into reservation-only facilities as part of a cost- and time-saving strategy when they re-open for business next year.

According to USFS spokesman Zach Behrens, the Boulder Basin, Fern Basin and Marion Mountain campgrounds, all of which are in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Idyllwild, will be available for overnight stays exclusively by those who have made arrangements in advance, beginning Memorial Day weekend 2019.

Walk-ins will no longer be able to bivouac at any of the three sites, Behrens said.

"The reduced time spent on fee compliance, collection, accounting and transferring federal money will enable staff to spend more time on public contacts, cleaning restrooms, emptying trash cans and addressing maintenance

needs at campgrounds, and in day use areas,'' he said.

Reservations can be made six months in advance, according to Behrens, who noted that the Dark Canyon and Pinyon Flat camping sites will continue to be available to walk-ins.

To reserve space at the sites, visit .


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