McCall Memorial Equestrian Park, located 4 miles south of Idyllwild, CA, and one-quarter mile west of Mountain Center off Highway 74, is a a unique 88-acre mountain park designated specifically for equestrian camping and trail riding. Originally known as Mountain Center Park, it was renamed in 1964 to McCall Memorial Park in honor of former 5th District Supervisor, Fred McCall, who was an avid equestrian throughout his life and relentlessly supported local equestrian groups and culture.
Situated at an elevation of 4,400 feet and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, McCall Park provides access to several excellent trails that meander through tall pine trees, open meadows, and past seasonal streams, affording breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains, gentle flatlands and rolling hills as well as the rock-strewn peaks that tower above Idyllwild. A short trailer ride will take you to Humber Park and the gateway to the San Jacinto High Country. Trails from McCall Park and Idyllwild also connect to the Pacific Crest Trails, although several trails are more challenging for horse and rider. The subalpine fir and pine forests of the higher elevations present riders with a stark contrast to the manzanita and chapparral in the valley below.
This park provides opportunities for small parties or large groups to meet for day rides or overnight events, with excellent accommodations for horses and riders including 53 sturdy pipe corrals, barbecue and picnic facilities, and plenty of space for camping. Clean modern restrooms with hot showers (April – November) assure comfort and relaxation upon returning from the trail. While McCall is open year round for equestrians who wish to enjoy the changing seasons or ride in the snow, park facilities are non-operational during the winter – self-contained camping only, December through March – as water is only available at a single spigot near the office.
*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.
- Bike Trails
- Equestrian Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Pet friendly
- Spacious troughs
- 53 corrals
- 88 acres of open park space
- Picnic areas
- Coin operated showers
- 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.