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Overview of Idyllwild Campground

Idyllwild Campground is a popular camping area nestled in the mountain town of Idyllwild, within the Mount San Jacinto State Park in Southern California. The park offers a serene environment characterized by alpine forests and mountain meadows – a perfect setting for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Amenities

Campsite Details:

  • Idyllwild Campground has a number of campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs (although there are no hookups).
  • Each campsite typically comes with a picnic table, a fire ring, and access to restrooms and showers.


  • Flush toilets and coin-operated showers are available.
  • There is a campfire center where rangers may offer programs during peak season.
  • The campground has an amphitheater and a picnic area.


  • The campground strives to be accessible to everyone, with some sites designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities.

Activities and Attractions

  • Hiking: Numerous trails are accessible from the campground, including the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail and the Devil’s Slide Trail.
  • Rock Climbing: Idyllwild is famous for its rock climbing, particularly at Tahquitz Rock and Suicide Rock.
  • Fishing: Nearby Lake Fulmor and Strawberry Creek offer trout fishing opportunities.
  • Wildlife Watching: The park is home to a wide variety of animals, including deer, mountain lions, coyotes, and several bird species.

Reservation and Fees


  • It is strongly recommended to reserve your campsite in advance, especially during peak season, as the campground can fill up quickly.
  • Reservations can be made through the California State Parks reservation system or third-party websites.

Campsite Fees:

  • Campsite fees vary based on the site type and time of year. Check the California State Parks website or call the park directly for the most current pricing.

Rules and Regulations

  • Check-In / Check-Out: Check-in and check-out times are enforced to ensure site preparation and fairness to all campers.
  • Quiet Hours: Observance of quiet hours is mandatory, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Pets: Dogs are allowed but they must be kept on a leash and should not be left unattended at the campsites.
  • Fire Safety: Due to the risk of wildfires, campfires might be restricted during certain times of the year. Always follow the current campfire regulations and never leave fires unattended.

Seasons and Weather

Idyllwild Campground is open year-round, but weather conditions can greatly vary:

  • Summer: Warm days and cooler nights. This is the busiest season, so reservations are a must.
  • Winter: Snow is common and temperatures can be below freezing. Some facilities may be limited during this time.

Directions and Contact Information

To reach Idyllwild Campground, you will generally be driving up winding mountain roads which may require chains in winter months.

Contact Details: For up-to-date information, it is best to contact the park directly:

This information provides a good starting point for planning a trip to Idyllwild Campground, but campers should verify current conditions and regulations with the park before visiting.

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