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BANDIDO GROUP CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofAngeles National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Groups of all types will enjoy staying at the Bandido Group Campground, which boasts beautiful scenery in a relaxing, rustic atmosphere. The site accommodates groups of up to 150 campers, but is designed for equestrian campers and provides several horse corrals and hitch racks.

Bandido is divided into five campsites, each with varying capacities for smaller groups. Site #1 has a capacity of 12 campers. Site #2 can accommodate 60 campers. Site #3 and #5 can each hold a maximum of 30 campers. Site #4 has a capacity of 18 campers.

The California condor, a federally endangered species, inhabits the area. Other local wildlife includes the arroyo toad, mountain yellow-legged frog and the mountain lion.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 5,840 feet, surrounded by Jeffery pines, scrub oaks and manzanita. Angeles National Forest spans 694,187 acres over most of the San Gabriel Mountain range in southern California. Elevations here range from 1,200 to 10,000 feet, from the low canyon lands to the snow-capped mountain peaks.

Recreation:

Several trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding can be accessed from the campground. This includes a connector trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT stretches from Mexico all the way north to Canada. Within the Angeles Forest, the impressive trail covers 176 miles of its lengthy journey.

Facilities:

No water or electricity is available. There are 25 picnic tables, community fire rings, pit toilets and 20 horse corrals. The site also boasts paved roads and space to park trailers.

Nearby Attractions:

Drive the Angeles Crest Highway, a scenic byway that meanders through oak thickets, chaparral, high desert landscapes and pine tree forests.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Corrals, Horse
  • Fire Rings/Grills
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Group Fire Ring
  • Hitch Racks
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Information Board
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Table
  • Pit Toilets
  • Tables
  • Trailer Parking
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • The check-out time for all campgrounds is 11:00 AM
  • No water available; campers must bring drinking water
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Hay must be certified weed free
  • Out-of-state horses must have current Coggins test
  • No generators, live bands or loud music
  • For more information on Angeles National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.34528, -118.00472
34°20'43"N, 118°0'17"W

From La Canada at the junction of the I-210 and State Route 2 (Angeles Crest Highway), exit I-210 and turn north towards the mountains on State Route 2. Proceed 28.5 miles to Three Points (two miles past Newcomb's Ranch Cafe) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 3N17 (Santa Clara Divide Road). Continue west 2 miles to the entrance; gate is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BANDIDO GROUP CAMPGROUND
12371 North Little Tujunga Canyon
SAN FERNANDO  CA  91342

Phone Number:

Information:  (818)899-1900
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