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Idyllwild Nature Center

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25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-3850
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Nice trail or drive in, the smell of the pines will knock you out. Nice little nature center tells... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Temecula, California
Nice hiking trails and the Center was very informative!

We always enjoy hiking the area with great views. The Center was informative is a great place to... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Palm Desert, California
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25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-3850
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Nice trail or drive in, the smell of the pines will knock you out. Nice little nature center tells of the flora and fauna and animals of the area not those to include the ones in town after dark;.

1  Thank jmaruska
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We always enjoy hiking the area with great views. The Center was informative is a great place to take your kids.

1  Thank _dcwitteman
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Very open spaced preserve. Their nature center provided a lot of local history and geographical information for tourists. We were there for a dog fundraiser for their local animal shelter. BUT BEWARE!!!! We were advised to be on high alert for rattlesnakes Even so a...More

Thank Vendrizzi
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views with paths to suit young kids or to carry a baby. The center has a play area for kids as well.

1  Thank findberry
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Looks like a great place to bring groups of kids. There was a bus full of first graders and parents. I got put off by the live snakes in the nature center and the possibility rattlers could be on the hiking trail so opted not...More

Thank wannabeislander1232
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Very friendly for small kids - but really wonderful for the adults, too. Short and easy walks take you to incredibly views. Really "purple mountain majesties". What a treat.

1  Thank david s
Reviewed 21 January 2017

It has two nice hikes, one very easy for young children to walk, (without holding hands) . The other one is harder. Inside the building there are activities for the children to see and do. Lots of animals (stuffed) on display that are native to...More

3  Thank MamaMia796
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited on a day when the exhibits were closed. Still got to hike around and enjoy the views and fresh air. There was a light snow on the ground which made things more holiday-like. Not very crowded so it felt like we had the...More

Thank a1facepainter
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We wanted to hike around the Nature Center. The area around the center is certainly beautiful and easy to hike. Our only complaint was that we were there at 9:25 on a Sunday and the Center was still closed. It was supposed to be open...More

1  Thank riftia
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Center was closed on day after Thanksgiving. Easy trails. Takes awhile to figure out markings of trails. No permit needed on these trails

2  Thank NurseB11
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Penny B
25 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