- Field Trips
- Educational Programs
- Junior Naturalist Programs
- Guided Tours
- Equestrian Trails
- Snow play
- Rest Rooms
- Picnic Tables
- Gift Shop
- Yearly Memberships
- Auditorium Rentals
- Pet Friendly
Parking: We have a limited number of spots available on a first come first served basis only.
There is a fee for day use in the park. Fees help support the Nature Center programming and facilities. Your day use fee allows you to tour the museum, hike the trails, picnic and use all the facilities. Please pay your fees inside the museum where you will receive a day use permit and park map.
Campers in the Idyllwild County Park Campground are entitled to a discounted day use fee rate (with receipt) of $3.00/per adult, $2.00/per child and dogs are free.
Please note, costs for events are covered by day use fees. Exceptions may apply.
- Adults – $4
- Children under 12 – $3
- Leashed Dogs – $1
- Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times
- Adult: $10.00
- Child: $5.00
Nature Center Hours
- Wednesday – Sunday: 9am-4pm
- Closed Mondays and all major holidays
The Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks is a member supported non-profit organization based at the Idyllwild Park Nature Center and dedicated to supporting the work of the Riverside County Regional Parks & Open Space District.
The Friends make possible a great variety of cultural and natural history interpretive programs, new exhibits, wildlife observation, facilities, equipment and resources to help children and adults gain appreciation and enjoyment of the San Jacinto Mountains. Benefits of membership include the satisfaction of helping the Nature Center teach people from all over the world about our beautiful and fragile mountains, free admission for members and their families (with Family Membership) to the Nature Shop and all programs & events, invitations to the Friends’ semi-annual potluck dinner and monthly board meetings, and biannual subscription to the Taquitz Telegram newsletter. All memberships are tax deductible
Becoming a Member
Yearly Membership Levels Basic Categories
- Individual – $25.00
- Couple – $40.00
- Family – $60.00
- Supporting – $200.00 and above
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Friends.
The Nature Center relies on a dedicated volunteer corps to assist with environmental education programs, visitor services, trail and facility maintenance and administration. New volunteers are needed year round, especially during our busy summer season. Your desire to help others learn about the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains is all the experience you need!
Some of the benefits of being a volunteer include:
- Meet new people and share your enjoyment of the outdoors in a beautiful setting.
- Gain satisfaction by helping visitors learn about our mountains.
- Opportunities for you to learn about Idyllwild’s natural & cultural history.
- Free admission to the Park & Nature Center.
- 20% off all items in the Nature Shop.
- Invitations to potlucks & other events.
- Gain experience in the field of Parks & Recreation.
If you would like to become a volunteer or get more information please call (951) 659-3850, or stop by the Nature Center and pick up an application.
Upcoming events at Idyllwild Nature Center:
July 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Idyllwild Nature Center
25225 Highway 243
The trails committee meets on the 4th Wednesday, on a quarterly basis, at various locations from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Questions: Loree Broderick 951-955-4306
Kyla Brown 951-955-4306Find out more »
August 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Idyllwild Nature Center
25225 Highway 243
Visit Idyllwild Nature Center for Butterfly Daze! Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring the Monarch Butterfly where all will enjoy arts & crafts, games, hands-on opportunities to learn the migration characteristics and life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and more! For more information, please contact Idyllwild Nature Center by calling (951) 659-3850Find out more »
October 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Idyllwild Park
54000 Riv. Co. Playground Rd
Come celebrate the bounty of the forest and the history within during Trail of the Acorn! For more information, please call (951) 659-3850.Find out more »
School Tour Programs focus on mountain ecology, wildlife adaptations, their habitats, flora and fauna. Visit Bedrock Mortars above a stream lending itself as an outside classroom as students connect culture to resources- past to present. Programs can be tailored to fit your specific curriculum or interests.
The park is located within an ancient Cahuilla Indian village and provides insight into early cultures with an Archaeologist’s frame work.
Idyllwild Nature Center
Address: 25225 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone: (951) 659-3850
If you have additional questions, for a speedier response – please contact Guest Services for more information.