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Summer Solstice - Happy First Day of Summer

Looking for ways to spend time outdoors this Summer that are close by and affordable? Summer on the Kern River officially begins on Wednesday, June 21st and we have some fun recommendations for you on the longest day of the year and all Summer long!

June can be such a hectic month with so many things to celebrate like graduations, college moves, Father's Day, plus all the other life events. Gather your tribe together and slow things down a bit. Focus on ways to re-connect with those you care about by spending time together in nature, creating new traditions & experiences with the younger generations and unplugging to fully re-charge.

In honor of the 1st day of Summer, Summer Solstice and Great Outdoors Month we have put together a fun and sunny camping itinerary to fit most schedules!

Itinerary Suggestions include:

  • Plan an outdoor picnic or BBQ. We like to pack a picnic lunch and hike around the Trail of 100 Giants to see and touch giant sequoia trees. Great option for families with smaller children.

  • Find a serene area for outdoor yoga practice or meditate. One of our favorite trails is called Bull Run Creek Trail. Picture large granite boulders that create the perfect stage to meditate or develop your yoga practice. Also a great trail for exercising your furry loved ones!

  • Schedule in a hike, bike or paddle, you have so many options here near the Kern River. Whitewater rafting is super popular right now with great river flows, or choose a more mellow paddle on Lake Isabella.

  • After a full day of campground games like cornhole, horseshoes, connect 4, giant Jenga and frisbee golf and riding bikes around camp, relax around your campfire and let the kiddos try their hand at s'mores, listening to the adults recount family stories and bonding over last year's camp out tales. If you forget your s'more supplies be sure to pop in to our Camp Store to restock!

  • Stay up past your bedtime to Star gaze, our dark skies are amazing.

A Sunny Special Offer for You

If our camping itinerary wasn't enough enticement to get you to the Kern, maybe this will help!

Reserve two-nights camping between 6/18 and 6/22 during Summer Solstice week and save 20% on camping! Use Promo Code SummerSol23 at time of reserving.

Offer valid on new reservations.

Regular camping etiquette and reservation policies apply. Valid on new camping reservations only.

Highway 178 Open and Passable

All major highways leading to Kernville and the Kern River are open and passable.

Highway 178 through Kern River Canyon is OPEN. Build in five minutes extra to allow for one-lane traffic light inside the Canyon.


Recreating responsibly includes packing trash bags to leave our wild spaces cleaner than you found them. There is a glass ban in the Sequoia National Forest, so remember to use plastic storage containers, Ziploc bags, or Bota bags for camping gear and kitchen supplies instead.

Ready to visit the Kern River?

Then let’s go! At Kern River’s Edge, you’ll find spacious campsites, concierge firewood & ice deliveries, and the most knowledgeable, caring Camp Hosts on the Kern River. With over 40 camping sites to choose from and easy access to all types of activities — there’s something for everyone at the River’s Edge campsite.

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