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Idyllwild Nature Center

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Easy nature walk. Not crowded. A short distance from the center of Idyllwild, but best to drive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Phil I
Great little center and trails to hike with dogs.

Visited this center with my two labs, Nala & Ginger. There is a small center with exhibits. The... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Southern California
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25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-3850
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy nature walk. Not crowded. A short distance from the center of Idyllwild, but best to drive there.

Thank Phil I
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Visited this center with my two labs, Nala & Ginger. There is a small center with exhibits. The trails are nice, we took two smaller easy hikes and enjoyed them. We brought our lunch and had a nice picnic at tables outside the center. I...More

Thank CherylLuvNLife
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Only one hour from Palm Springs this place is awesome, a natural chunk of real beauty and peace in California. There are a few nice bars and restaurant's and some very quirky boutique shops to have fun in. I especially recommend the Funky Bazzar, which...More

1  Thank Zengahoughton
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Nature Center has a map showing hikes in the areas. Marked Easy, Moderate and Harder. Lower parking lots were full as we were there on a holiday weekend and it was busy with a wildflower show too. We took a short hike down to the...More

Thank CalifSue
Reviewed 17 April 2018

After paying an $8 entrance fee, we hiked several trails here. The trails range from easy to more difficult. Idyllwild is a beautiful place, and the Nature Center is a great place to see the local scenery. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Bert S
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Breathtaking 🙏. We felt like being under the sea 🌊 with all the trees 🌲 tree 🌳 that looks like corral reef.

1  Thank Janjust16
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We've been before but this last time was the best. The host was very helpful and made the children (ages 7 through 14) get engaged and interested. We toured the facility and went on two short, flat hikes - these are worth your time. One...More

3  Thank 250MaryH
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The Nature Center is a great place to get oriented to the trail and local fauna of Idyllwild. The Center itself has exhibits about the history of the area, and dioramas of the animals including one of skulls of local animals and reptiles- a sure...More

2  Thank Lakeside31
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place to see. Different hiking trails that range from easy walk in the park, to more strenuous hikes. Definitely wonderful place to relax and enjoy s little bit of nature.

Thank Juan N
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Great place to enjoy the forest and learn about nature. There is ample parking. There are many things for children to see and do here.

Thank 401l
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Penny B
26 January 2016|
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Response from Gerry H | Reviewed this property |
Idyllwild County Park is day use. You can check out the State Park which is on Hwy 243 right by the Idyllwild Fire Dept. The have camping at Hurkey Creek across from Lake Hemet. It is a county park. You pay one fee and you... More
Vicky W
15 February 2015|
Response from Steven858 | Reviewed this property |
Not at all. In fact it is a 10 hour round trip hike to the tram from the center. Idylwild is on the west side of the mountain range.The tram is located on the east side of the mountain range and is accessed near Palm... More