Eldorado National Forest

Camping
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Fees: Campground fees are subject to change. Please call for current fees. Single-family campsites are designed to accommodate 6 persons and 2 vehicles. Double sites accommodate 12 persons and 4 vehicles. Short parking spurs are 25' in length, long spurs are 50', but may vary. At some campgrounds there is an extra charge for each additional vehicle and pets. Some campgrounds have accessible facilities for people with disabilities. No hookups available.

Reservations: Most Forest Service campgrounds are run on a first-come, first-served basis. For family campgrounds where reservations are accepted, please call the National Recreation Reservation System at 800-280-2267.

Campfires: Make your campfire just large enough for cooking and heating. Clear all burnable debris out to at least three feet away from the campfire perimeter. Make sure you reach mineral soil when clearing debris from around the campfire. Avoid building a campfire in deep duff. Make sure the area above the campfire is clear of any tree branches or other flammable material. You will need a long handled shovel and a bucket for transporting water.

(A five-gallon bucket of water is recommended if you are not near a stream, lake, or other water source.) Never leave the campfire unattended, even for a few minutes. If it is windy or there are frequent wind gusts, please do not make a campfire. When you put out your campfire, make sure you drown it with water, stirring the coals until they are cool to the touch. Do not bury your campfire. This practice can keep the campfire hotter longer, prolonging the possibility of its escape.

When you camp in developed campgrounds, no campfire permit is required. However, if you plan to stay outside maintained campgrounds, California Campfire Permits are required. You may gather wood for your campfire without a permit; however, if you plan to take any wood home, a Personal Use Fuelwood Permit is required.


Published: 13 Oct 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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