Did someone say forest party? Bandido Campground in the Angeles National Forest can accommodate groups as large as 150! Wrassle up as many friends as you can and head up to 5,840 feet for awesome hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails. From the campground you can even access a connector trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Channel your inner Cheryl Strayed and get “Wild.”
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
5 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water


Offered near the campground.


There are more trails in the surrounding area than within the forest, but with over 500 miles of trails, there’s no need to com...Read more


When the Los Angeles sun is beating down on you, you definitely need an escape into nature; make the most of the beautiful day ...Read more


Tired of work and waiting for the fish to bite? No worries, your opportunity to fish doesn’t involve driving hours up the coast...Read more


Who knew that you could climb steep mountains in Los Angeles? Well, now you know! In fact, there are over 500 miles of trails f...Read more

Horseback riding

Equestrians will love exploring the 557 miles of trails; riding is permitted on all trails except nature trails. There’s also h...Read more


The perfect place to kayak is Pyramid Lake, a beautiful reservoir located away from the bustle of Los Angeles. All of your boat...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Tired of LA highway traffic? Yeah, so are we, just thinking about it. Instead of sitting on the interstate, come cruise over 30...Read more


There are quite a few classic climbs in the forest for boulderers and mountain climbers to try out. Check ‘em out on the Mounta...Read more

Snow sports

Winter in LA doesn’t really feel like winter, but it can if you head up to the mountains! There, you’ll find a snow-covered for...Read more


Heat too much for you? Don’t want to go to the beach where the water’s a little too cold and the sand a little too hot? No prob...Read more

Wildlife watching

Angeles has its fair share of wildlife, with the general motley crew of bears, raccoons, and mountain lions. If you’re camping ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Bandido Group Campground.

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Hipcamper Jane
Jane C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 30th, 2017

It's been a while (camped here in mid-April 2015). This is a nice reliable (and importantly, reservable!) group campsite in the Angeles National Forest. There are some good hikes nearby (our group ran into a big group of day-hikers) and some bouldering in nearby Horse Flats. From what I remember, each site has a different capacity: we were in site 4 which had a max of 18 people, 6 cars; check-in/out is at 11am.

Plenty of space, pretty quiet, and a solid option if you're looking to camp with a big group of friends!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 2nd, 2017

Great camping spot with a very pretty hike up to Mount Hillyer adjacent, as well as a creek nearby that is nice. It is pretty secluded from the main road too, which is a plus . I'm definitely planning to go back.

MAKE SURE TO CALL AND GET THE GATE CODE from the office during business hours (M-F until 4:30 PM), as there is a combination lock to get in. They do not pick up the phone on the weekends, so if you get stuck try going to the Mount Chilao visitor center and asking them for the code.

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew S.
recommends this listing.
April 2nd, 2017

Make sure you bring ALL your supplies. If you forget anything there's nowhere close to re-supply (I forgot propane for my cooktop, but luckily our camp neighbors were nice and spared us some).

Hipcamper David T.
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May 2nd, 2018
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March 11th, 2018
Hipcamper Kyle D.
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March 3rd, 2017
Angeles National Forest
United States
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34.344° N, 118.004° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 5 Sites
(Up to 12 people per site)