Q: Does Lawler have adequately paved paths to accommodate persons with limited mobility?
A: No, there is no disability access at either the Lodge or Alpine cabins. The Lodge has a steeper trail than Alpine, but neither are paved or have access rails.
Q: Is tent camping allowed if there is not enough room in the facilities or if some individuals prefer it?
A: The area around the lodge has no space for tent camping. Campers at Alpine could pitch tents in certain areas if they wished, though this would not increase the maximum number of campers allowed at the facility.
Q: How many campers can be accommodated at each facility?
A: Lawler Lodge has 36 bunks, and an overflow building that will accommodate an additional 24 campers. Lawler Alpine consists of 6 cabins with 10 bunks each. The minimum number of campers to be able to make a reservation at either facility is 20.
Q: Is drinking water available on-site?
Q: Are campfires allowed outside at the facility?
A: Campfires are allowed at Alpine in the designated fire ring only. There is no designated outdoor fire ring at the Lodge. Propane BBQs are allowed, but may be used in the parking lot ONLY – not down by the Lodge due to fire concerns.
Q: Are the indoor fireplaces available for use?
A: Yes, fireplaces at both facilities are in working order. Firewood may be purchased from the Park Staff.
Q: What kinds of trails are within the park?
A: Hiking trails only. Mountain and dirt bikes are not allowed. There are no equestrian facilities at this park.
Q: Are campers allowed to swim/wade/enter the creek when there is water in it?
A: Entering the creek is discouraged, as it can be a safety hazard due to the extreme cold temperatures of the water.
Q: Are entry gates locked at night? Are campers able to exit and re-enter the park at any time?
A: Gates are not locked when the facility is in use. Campers are allowed to exit and enter at any time. Please keep in mind that quiet hours are 10 PM to 6 AM.
Q: What information is required when registering into the facility?
A: Number of guests and name the reservation is under, and whether the group is an adult group or organized youth group, as different fees apply.
Q: Are campers allowed to check in before 2:00 PM or check out after 1:00 PM?
A: Early check-in is allowed with advance contact with Park Ranger. No late check-out.
Q: Are pets and/or service animals allowed at the facility?
A: Bringing animals to these facilities is discouraged for a variety of health and sanitation reasons.
Q: Does Lawler have cell phone reception?
A: In general, cell reception is weak to non-existent. Verizon has the strongest signal.
Q: How should campers report an emergency if they do not have cellular service?
A: There is a pay phone in front of the caretaker residence. Also, the caretaker should be informed of any emergency.
Q: Where is the nearest store or gas station?
A: The town of Idyllwild (8 miles away) has a fully stocked market and several gas stations (Chevron, Shell). Approximately 3 miles away in Pine Cove, there is a small market and Spirit gas pumps.
Q: What other activities are in the area, such as trails, movies, historical/natural sites, etc?
A: The Idyllwild Nature Center (additional fee required) is 7 miles down the highway, and is free to Lawler patrons. The town of Idyllwild has movies, dining, art galleries, and various tourist attractions. For hiking, campers should check with United States Forest Service at 951-659-2117, as most trails in Idyllwild area enter state or Forest Service wilderness areas.
Q: Is there anything else important to your park that we should know?
This is a youth group facility, but adult groups are also permitted. Reservations for youth groups can be made up to 6 months in advance. Adult group reservations can be made 2 months in advance.
Balance due-Payment must be via cash or check. There is no capability to take a credit or debit card.