Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does Idyllwild Park have adequately paved paths to accommodate persons with limited mobility?
A: Yes, sites 1 & 23 are paved for access.
Q: What is the majority of the Day Use land like? (Paved, grassy, gravel, sandy, flat, bumpy, etc.)
A: We have a flat shaded area and a beautiful meadow that is bumpy and covered with grasses. Day use cannot be reserved and is first come, first served.
Q: How shaded is the Day Use area? Are there many shade trees in heavily trafficked areas?
A: The area is heavily shaded with mature trees.
Q: What types of trails are within the park for walking, hiking, biking, or horse riding?
A: We have a number of trails that loop around the park, linking us with the Nature Center (additional fee required). They range from flat to moderate climb.
Q: How many playgrounds are in the park?
A: No playgrounds (despite the name of the road).
Q: Is there water in the creek year-round, and are campers allowed to swim/wade/enter the running water?
A: No water in creek.
Q: What activities are available in Idyllwild Park?
A: Camping, hiking, picnicking, Nature Center (additional fee required).
Q: How many shade structures/shelters are available in the park? How many picnic tables are under each?
A: No shelters, just trees. There are approximately 20 picnic tables in the day-use area.
Q: Does Idyllwild Park accept the $50 annual pass or an annual vehicle pass? If so, do you sell them on-site?
A: We accept and sell the Park District’s pass.
Q: Does Idyllwild Park have an on-site store?
A: No store on site, though we do sell firewood. There is a fully stocked grocery market ½ mile walk (or drive) into town.
Q: Which campsites have the best shade?
A: Most sites have very good shade; there are a few that have limited shade. There are tall forest
trees throughout the park.
Q: What are the rules/fees for arriving early to the camp site and leaving past the checkout time
A: Sites are not guaranteed before 2pm. If the requested site was unoccupied the night before, a camper may check-in early. Drop-in campers may be asked to wait until after 2pm before a site can be sold. Campers may check into their site early, if it is available. Potential late checkout depends on the circumstances. If a site is not reserved for new campers that day, late checkout may be granted or, if the stay extends more than an hour or two, the camper will be asked to pay another night’s fees.
Q: Which sites offer some level of privacy?
A: 15, 30, 41, 50, 83 – 20/21 & 43/44 have moderate seclusion if booked together – none of these sites
offer complete privacy.
Q: Which sites are best for tent camping?
A: All of our sites may be used for tent camping.
Q: Which sites are closest to a faucet?
A: Check the map; most sites are very near a faucet.
Q: Are there any exceptions to the 2 vehicle/2 tent maximum?
A: One extra vehicle may be allowed for an additional $6 charge. We do not restrict to 2 tents, but
this does not change the limit of 6 people per campsite.
Q: Do all sites have a BBQ/fire ring and picnic table?
A: All sites have a fire ring and a picnic bench. Designated disabled sites (1, 23, 39) have a BBQ.
Q: Is there a dump station available to campers on-site? If not, where is the nearest?
A: No dump station on site. Pine Cove 1000 Trails is closest, but there is a fee. Lake Hemet (located east on Hwy. 74 from the junction of Hwy. 243) also has a dump station, available for a fee.
Q: What time are entry gates locked? Are campers able to exit and re-enter the park at any time?
A: No gates. Campers may leave and re-enter with their park registration tag.
Q: What information is needed when registering into a campsite?
A: Standard information required from all campers, reservations or not: name, address, driver’s license #, vehicle registration, number of people camping, dogs, etc.
Q: If a camper arrives early, or wishes to visit the park after check-out, is there a day use fee? Is parking available for trailer or motor home?
A: No extra charge for moving off campsite by check-out time; parking in day-use area.
Q: What non-911 emergency numbers should campers have available?
A: Auto Club # is posted at the booth, along with local towing company. Non-emergency sheriff dispatch is 1-800-950-2444.
Q: How far away is the nearest grocery store and gas station?
A: “Mom & Pop” market and gas station, 2-minute drive (1/2 mile walk). Bigger stores are in Hemet or Banning, about 30-40 minutes down the hill.
Q: What other activities are there in the area, such as trails, movies, historical/natural sites, etc.?
A: Idyllwild Nature Center (additional fee required), hiking trails, climbing and bouldering, mountain biking. Movie theater, dining and shopping in town. Snow sledding is popular when weather conditions permit.
Q: Does the park have cell phone reception?
A: In general, there good cell connectivity in this area for most carriers.
Q: What sorts of animals/wildlife are common in the park?
A: Squirrels (gray, ground, and chipmunks), deer, raccoons, rattlesnakes, many birds.
Q: What precautions should be taken to avoid unpleasant encounters with wild animals?
A: Don’t leave food out. Notify rangers about rattlesnakes or other dangerous animals and leave them alone.
Q: Are there any animals that don’t belong in the park, and how should they be reported?
A: Because of the wilderness atmosphere and presence of wild animals, it is better to leave small animals that might wander off at home. Any pets brought into the park must be leashed AT ALL TIMES.
Q: Is there anything else important to your park that we should know?
A: This park is family-friendly; not a place to party, but to enjoy nature at its finest. Quiet hour begins at 10:00 p.m. No events may be scheduled in the amphitheater. No fireworks or firearms, including BB guns and slingshots.