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Wrong Pin

This pin took me to private property and the owner wasn't too happy about it and me being there. The actual Owl Canyon Campground is down the road to the East of the pin. There are two pins for Owl Canyon Campground, one is correct and this one listed as Rainbow Basin Owl Canyon Campground is incorrect

Large campground on the Kern River

Our campsite was right on the river, which was nice. We only stayed one night, but would consider returning

Peaceful and quiet

This is a large campground with many vault toilets throughout (approx one building with one-two unisex toilets for every 3 campsites). There are smooth paved pathways to most of the toilets. 

There are also 3 basic playgrounds in this campground, as well as several water faucets (non threaded spigots). Signs on water faucets request minimal use of water as it is a scarce resource in this area. 

There is a hiking trail beginning at the northern end of the campground so be aware if you choose one of these sites you will have a lot of day use traffic in and out for hikers. 

This campground was almost deserted when we stayed here in early Feb. There were only about 2-3 other campers besides us. Not sure when the busy season for this campground is, but if all the sites were taken I think the lack of privacy and lack of space and barriers between sites would make for a much different experience. With almost nobody here we relished the absolute quiet and rare sight of anybody else. 

Each site has a metal covered shade structure, a concrete picnic table, metal fire pit, and concrete raised grill. 

There are small trash bins throughout (no recycling). 

We heard a few loud booms (shook our RV) while here, likely from the nearby military bases. 

Did not see or hear any wildlife. 

ATVs and shooting are banned here. 

Good Verizon, ATT, and T-Mobile here. 

Fee is $6/night, self pay, first come first served. No host on site when we were here. 

Road in was heavily washboarded, doable in any vehicle but take it slow. 

Rainbow basin scenic loop on the way in had signs that the road is narrow and motorhomes and trailers not allowed. The land there is BLM so if you can make it in there are dispersed camping areas in the Rainbow Basin.

Better than expected

I was hesitant about this site because it’s right off the road, but we actually really liked it! It’s literally a big open desert flat and you park wherever so there’s plenty of room for privacy. As far as facilities, there are 2 privies and that’s it, so you’ll be dry camping. Some sites are more trashed so watch for broken glass but overall it’s pretty clean. There are plenty of man made fire pits. Star gazing was on point! Sunrises and sunsets were also pretty dope. It’s a OHV staging area so there’s lots of people dirt biking in the morning but we were up by the time there started zooming around. We’d def stay here again for a night of rest after a day of driving.


Very beautiful campground. Cannot camp there overnight currently because of covid. However, it’s still a nice place to spend the day with picnic tables, restrooms, and fire pits. Views are gorgeous.

Great place for rv camping and OHV

Lots of land and trails. Great place to boondock. BLM management

random places to park for free

Super chill areas are perfect if you need to pull off and get rest. Nothing offered here so pack out what you pack in. I saw a lot of groups of people so crowds are welcomed.

Love this place!

Almost no people, some night we were completely alone. Due to Covid, restroom are closed. Water station is just for filling up a container, no hose connection.
Very spacious sites. Picnic table and fire pit ring

Clean RV Park

Camp sights are very close to one another not much privacy. The RV sights with full hooks up are further away from the river about 200 yards. The campground is very clean and well maintained. Kernville is less then a mile away were you can get gas diesel groceries firewood or anything else you might have forgotten.

I spent 14 days here over the Christmas Holiday, not very busy and has beautiful vistas. Bathrooms are vault but well maintained. There is only a handful of water sources and none at the horse camp which is approx 1/2 mile from the major campground. For $6 a day you can't beat it.

Nice level spots with reasonable distance from other campers. The horse campground has no water and is about 1/2 mile from the main campground which has a handful of water stations. Vault toilets which are well maintained. I stayed 14 days alone in a travel trailer and felt very safe. The BLM personal are incredibly helpful and kind. I dont have anything negative to say about this location.