Southfork Campground, Valyermo, CA

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest

Free Camping Near Palmdale, CA

Southfork Campground is a free, developed campground offered by Angeles National Forest. There are 21 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. This campground is located along South Fork Big Rock Creek and offers swimming areas, making it a popular destination for Summer camping.


Monument Office

Tel: (626) 335-1251

Official campground webpage


GPS: 34.3956, -117.8207

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Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: Yes, Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass

Max stay: 14 days

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilet

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Camping at Southfork Campground

South Fork Campground on the backside of the San Gabriel Mountains lies tucked away in the middle of steep canyon walls descending from Mt. Islip from the South and Vazquez Rocks in the North. This campground offers year-round tranquility from city noise.

It’s a popular base camp for hikers and horseback riders. Adventurers can travel south along Big Rock Creek towards Islip Saddle and see seasonal waterfalls or spot a Nelson’s Big Horn Ram. You can also 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.

Campsites here are small, capable of accommodating trailers up to 16 to 20ft tops. There is a turnaround at the end that most trailers and motorhomes can make. Otherwise, the road into Southfork Campground is firm packed dirt and gravel, and suitable for 2WD vehicles.

An Interagency Pass (buy one online) or Forest Adventure Pass (see list of retail outlets) is required to camp here.

Southfork Campground is located 25 miles to Palmdale, CA, and 18 miles to Wrightwood.

Other Campsites Within 20 Miles Radius

Associated Documents

Angeles National Forest Order 05-01-22-09, Occupancy rules, maximum camping limits, (eff: December 16, 2022, term: December 15, 2024)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Angeles National Forest, Back, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2019)
Motor Vehicle Use Map, Angeles National Forest, Front, Illustrates dispersed camping restrictions & OHV restrictions, (eff: January 1, 2019)

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