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Idyllwild Nature Center

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A learning experience

We visited here and enjoyed all of the exhibits. We also walked the trails and enjoyed nature... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Q8051RLmichaels
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South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
Good for a days visit and picnic

This is a value and a bargain for day visiting. The whole family can get in for $5.00 and spend a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
johnnymartino
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25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here and enjoyed all of the exhibits. We also walked the trails and enjoyed nature. Lots of manzanitas!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a value and a bargain for day visiting. The whole family can get in for $5.00 and spend a whole day hiking and bird watching. There are plenty of parking spaces. Lots of interesting trails and grounds to nest and be happy in....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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idyrangersteve, Manager at Idyllwild Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for visiting our Park and Nature Center. We have an exciting year planned for 2019, make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter if you're interested in knowing when we have 'Snow Play' or for one of our great annual...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018

The nature center is a great place to learn about native flora, fauna, and wildlife. There are a few short, easy trails with some pretty views. I would go back if I go back to Idyllwild.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Donna K
idyrangersteve, Manager at Idyllwild Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the kind words! We try hard to providing high quality and well maintained recreational opportunities for park guests and we so appreciate this kind review. Keep us in mind if you want to enjoy snow play this winter and spring!

Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Phil I
idyrangersteve, Manager at Idyllwild Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the great review! You're quite right, we don't recommend people walk along our highways here as there are many sudden turns and not much room on the sides of roads here. We appreciate that you found our informational offerings well presented....More

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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idyrangersteve, Manager at Idyllwild Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for the kind review. We appreciate hearing that our staff was friendly and helpful. Riverside County Parks by and large do a great job welcoming dogs to our parks and facilities and they are certainly welcome here. Hope to host you...More

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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Zengahoughton
idyrangersteve, Manager at Idyllwild Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review. Idyllwild is the epitome of California mountain communities and it's natural beauty and quirky offerings make for an amazing getaway. Keep us in mind for 'snow plays'!

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank bertsirkin
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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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

Date of experience: January 2018
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Penny B
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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
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Vicky W
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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
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