Popular Idyllwild Park, located on the perimeter of the eclectic mountain village of Idyllwild, boasts 202 acres of beautiful open space, mature forest, breathtaking hiking trails, and a fascinating Nature Center. Recognized as one of America’s cleanest forests, Idyllwild is a perfect venue for reconnecting with family, friends, nature, and the slower pace of small town mountain life.
Idyllwild Park’s day use area offers a shaded meadow for picnicking and group outings, serving as a pleasant base for hikers, climbers, and explorers. Guests may hike any of the five trails that offer breathtaking scenery and panoramic views, some providing direct access to the Idyllwild Nature Center. For more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts, enormous granite boulders offer some of the best rock climbing challenges around. Nearby Lake Fulmor or Lake Hemet offer fishing opportunities for both casual and dedicated anglers. In winter, snow sledding is a popular activity when weather permits. The park’s rustic but well-tended campground has 88 lovely forested campsites, each with fire ring and picnic table as well as close proximity to restrooms and showers.
A short walk into town offers spectacular dining, leisurely shopping, and a variety of entertainment experiences served up with a small town vibe. Idyllwild was recently named among the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” and every August for nearly two decades has hosted the acclaimed “Jazz in the Pines” festival which raises funds for local art programs. The Idyllwild area certainly lives up to its name: an idyllic destination set amid the truly beautiful wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains. With so many different attractions, the only challenge is deciding whether to try to find time for everything or simply do nothing at all!
Park guides and more information are available at Riverside County Park District Headquarters or at Idyllwild Park.
*Passport America discounts are not applicable with other discounts.
Moving firewood long distances can spread invasive insects and diseases that threaten the health and beauty of California’s forests.
How you can help:
- Buy and burn your wood in the same county or region where it was cut
- Transport wood less than 50 miles from its origin
- When you camp, leave firewood at home and buy or collect firewood where you camp.
Due to the threat of the Goldspotted Oak Borer spreading throughout the area, no oak firewood will be allowed into Idyllwild, Hurkey Creek, McCall or Lawler/Alpine Lodge. Wood can be purchased at the park or you can bring other species of firewood, such as pine or eucalyptus. For more information, contact park staff at (951) 955-3349.
- 88 sites
- Hiking trails
- Biking trails nearby
- Walking trails
- Fishing lakes nearby
- Picnic area
- Fire/grill rings
- Coined operated showers
- Pet friendly
- Nature Center
- Special events
- Bicycle riders must wear helmet
- Build fires only in safe, personal stoves in grill/fire rings provided
- No ground fires allowed
- No more than 6 occupants and 2 vehicles per site
- Maximum stay of 14 days within a 28-day period
- No fireworks
- No firearms
- Do not remove, deface, or disturb any part of the park features or wildlife
- Do not gather firewood in the park
- Do not attach anything to trees
- Pets must be kept on controlled leashes (Maximum leash length – 6 feet)
- Do not leave pet unattended
- Clean up promptly after pet
If you or your organization is interested in reserving one or more RivCo Parks campsites, cabins, campgrounds, or other park areas for an event, you may submit a Special Event Permit Application here: http://www.rivcoparks.org/reservations/special-events/special-event-application/ or for more information, call (800)234-PARK (7275), and select option 3 from the menu.