Dark Canyon Campground

Banning, California

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2 Reviews
4 out of 5
I drove through Idyllwild in a mist so thick the neon lights of the cute little mountain town could only blush through the fog. I found a place to park and drifted along a sidewalk until I ran right into a Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger who said this fog never happens this time of year. It was June 15; it was supposed to be sunny and at least 80°F.
The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

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The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

I drove through Idyllwild in a mist so thick the neon lights of the cute little mountain town could only blush through the fog. I found a place to park and drifted along a sidewalk until I ran right into a Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger who said this fog never happens this time of year. It was June 15; it was supposed to be sunny and at least 80°F.

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Banning
Season: May-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mt. San Jacinto State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Dark Canyon Campground

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2011
0

The hanna flat campground is convenient and beautiful but unfortunately the fire that rolled through that area charred a lot of it up. We drove about 10 past the site and pulled off the side of the road, up a hill and found a gorgeous little hill to post up on. The surrounding area is still untouched and worth camping at.


8/10/2009
1

Note the position of the trees around a site before setting up camp in this "Fully Shaded" campground. We arrived here at 4pm and picked out what we thought would be the perfect spot. Secluded, and shaded (at least at 4pm), the next morning there wasn't a square inch of shade within 100 feet of our area. The tent must have been 90° inside and the campsite was getting a full-on scorch from the sun. I cooked breakfast under an umbrella and still, somehow, got sunburned. I know, I should have paid more attention to the trees around the site. I'm fairly new to CA camping. So this review is for other semi newbies. But wow, it was brutal until 4pm again (we actually moved over one site instead of waiting for shade to come to us). Anyway, that being said. This is a beautiful campground with super-friendly staff and brand-new facilities (if you're in need). Seemed liked the inner campsites were pretty well shade most of the day. we tried the outer sites. In hindsight, I'd take shade over seclusion any day.



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