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Good start

Dry, clean, every spot level, good cell service

Lovely campsite by the river - good clean facilities

We loved this river spot even though we were next to one of the smaller parts rather than the main river. If you can try and get one near the main river as it is more picturesque. 

Facilities were clean and well looked after. We had a nice time here.

Short walk into town - couldn't find decent shortcut that wasn't for mountain goats so perhaps just walk along the road to the town. The brewery was a good night out.

Great remote camping

We were fortunate and had the place to ourselves. The site was level and clean. There were plenty of options that had fire rings. I’m sure this place would be busy on the weekends or other times during the season. We had a nice dark sky for star gazing. We’ll definitely stop here again.

Great hideaway

Great hideaway with plenty of dispersed sites. I spent two days here and only seen a handful of vehicles drive through, mostly US Forest Service trucks. Pack in, pack out. No toilets, showers, or water so bring in everything you need. 14 days of free camping every 30 days. A great find to get away from it all.

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.

Beautiful

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