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Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
951 659-3850
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Grand Terrace, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We paid our 3 dollars at the gate and went in to look around the center building. While looking at the displays of stuffed local wildlife, in their former lives, and reading the display explanations we met one of the docents. As luck would have it he was extremely knowledgable. He was doing a training of one of the new... More

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Hemet, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

There are a variety of small live creatures to hold and behold. Staff was very forthcoming with information and interaction with the center. Pelts to touch, microscopes to view, and videos presented by decendents of the first people in the area. I think it's a great little museum and you could spend a good hour there if you took the... More

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San Marcos, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
66 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Very nice place to stop and walk some trails and see some scenic views around Idyllwild. The nature center has a few nice exhibits.

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Los Angeles, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Looking for a good hike, we stopped here for a quick overview of the area and ended up discovering several great trails, of varying difficulty, that leave right from the Nature Center. We embarked on the Summit Loop Trail, which was advertised as roughly 1.6 miles. It seemed MUCH longer, but was a fantastic, challenging, and scenic hike! Completely recommended.... More

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Culver City, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We loved the walk up the road from the first car park up to the visitors center because of the expansive views. Midweek, this park was peaceful and just what we wanted for an introduction to hiking in the area. The indoor, informative nature center was an added bonus and I highly recommend it for all ages. Beautiful examples of... More

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Los Angeles, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We were surprised that this Nature Center has more than just a single nature trail. There are several miles of fairly easy trails you can traverse in the park.... excellent hiking for little ones, too. We didn't spend that much time in the actual center, but the staff was friendly in asking some questions. A modest day-use fee can be... More

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La Jolla, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Idyllwild has so much outdoor beauty to offer and the local Nature Center represents it well. It is situated within the crossroads of many trails that are easy to follow. Staff are friendly and quick to share their knowledge of the area.

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Coronado, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

A great place to hike and lots of options for very long or short hikes. Great place for capturing some great photo's.

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Cerritos, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

On the recommendation of a friend, we stopped at Idyllwild on our way to Palm Springs for a hike. To our delight, including our dog's, there was snow on the ground. We stopped at the Nature Center and decided to take the Perimeter Hike. It took about 2 hours and we were rewarded with wonderful views at the apex of... More

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Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

What a wonderful staff. We were camping in Idyllwild Park and took the hike up the hill (a bit more hill than we anticipated). What a lovely small but educational nature center. We had three kids with us between 6-8 years old and the staff were wonderful educating the kids, even letting them hold a snake and turtle. The entire... More

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