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Summary

Hidden in the Mojave Desert, South Fork Campground offers 21 sites tucked in between Mt. Islip and Vazquez Rocks. With fire-rings, grills, and picnic benches at each campsite, it is an ideal spot to enjoy family campfire meals. Hiking, horseback riding, snow play, fishing, and stargazing are all popular activities at the campground.

At a Glance:

  • 4,500-foot elevation
  • 21 sites
  • RV's up to 16'
  • No water
  • Vault toilets
  • Campsites are first-come, first-served

What to Expect

South Fork Campground on the backside of the San Gabriel Mountains is a hidden gem in the Mojave Desert. Tucked in the middle of steep canyon walls descending from Mt. Islip from the South and Vazquez Rocks in the North, this campground offers 21 spacious sites of year-round tranquility. Each site comes with a fire-ring and grill to huddle around and cook those family campfire meals. Additionally, each site comes with a picnic bench should your group decide a game of cards is in order.   

After an evening around the fire, the South Fork Campground offers hiking and horseback riding to some of the most beautiful features in the San Gabriels. Campers turned hikers can travel south along Big Rock Creek towards Islip Saddle and see seasonal waterfalls or spot a Nelson's Big Horn Ram.  What's more, hikers can head east along the Manzanita Trail towards Vincent's Gap or west to the Devil's Punchbowl - one of the most geologically interesting places in Los Angeles County. Regardless of the time of the year, visitors can find a trail that suits their needs and experience level. 

If hiking isn't your "thing," South Fork Campground delivers excellent snow play, fishing, and stargazing.

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