Lawler Lodge & Lawler Alpine Cabins, situated 8 miles north of Idyllwild on Highway 243, is a reservation-only group camping facility ideal for hosting any group camping retreat or event. Open year-round, the lodge and cabins can accommodate up to 126 people – in one large group or two separate groups – at the same time.
The lodge was designed and constructed by the same contractor who built Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite National Park in 1916. In 1954, the lodge was donated to the county by U.S. Attorney General, Oscar Lawler, to be used primarily by youth groups to “..have an opportunity to experience an outdoor life, with recreational and educational features…” Shortly thereafter, 80 acres of the surrounding area was developed to create the adjoining Lawler Alpine Cabins.
Set amid the beautiful San Jacinto mountain landscape, Lawler Lodge has an annex with bunk rooms, restrooms, fireplace, commercial kitchen and a large deck overlooking the creek. Lawler Alpine has six cabins that can house up to 10 people each. The compound has a commercial kitchen, community room, and stand alone restrooms and showers. A modest sized field is located nearby, where outdoor activities or games can be conducted.
The Idyllwild Nature Center (additional fee required), just 7 miles down the highway, is free to Lawler patrons. The town of Idyllwild itself has movies, dining, art galleries, and various tourist attractions. Many great hiking trails are nearby, but campers should check with United States Forest Service at 951-659-2117, as most trails in the Idyllwild area enter state or Forest Service wilderness areas where permits may be required.
You can pick up a park brochure at Riverside County Park District Headquarters, or make an appointment to tour the facility by calling 951-659-2656.
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
- Commercial Kitchens
- Community Rooms
- Field for activities and sports (only at Alpine)
- Call (800) 234-7275 for specific questions regarding camping rules for this site.