We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Idyllwild Nature Center

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone Number: +1 951-659-3850

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 79 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 39
  • 31
    Very good
  • 6
  • 2
  • 0

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Orange, California
Add Photo Write a Review

79 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 78: English reviews
Orange, California
Level Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank NurseB11
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
111 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nature Center has a variety of exhibits but the nicest part for us are the various trails throughout the park. The main trail goes by a group of bedrock mortars that is very interesting to see. The Park has beautiful views, uncultered scenery and a serene setting for you to enjoy a picnic and get away from the more crowded... More 

Thank Stargateman
Idyllwild, California
Level Contributor
77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Eat here. Bring your own lunch. Enjoy the truly genuine nature and beauty of Idyllwild. Forget Idyllwild downtown, so called. Nothing to do or see there. NOTHING. Cheap entry fee. Ample parking. Picnic tables. Wonderful views and trails. Again, FORGET CENTRAL DOWNTOWN IDYLLWILD.

Level Contributor
30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

You will be able to fine lots of organic foods friendly staff very helpful I specially love love the honey is local.

1 Thank Eva G
South Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

My family and I have visited countless nature centers across the US, and this small center within walking (hiking) distance from our campsite is very much worth a visit. The information is very good, and there are fun interactive displays and a few young-child oriented games. There is also some programming available if you can schedule the time.

1 Thank TravelDrone
Murrieta, California
Level Contributor
465 reviews
281 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We visited Idyllwild Nature Center on Butterfly Daze. The volunteers/rangers were very helpful and had so much information about butterflies. We then walked the nature trail and enjoyed the blue sky and many different trees. I hope they get some rain soon.

1 Thank Alexandra T
Corona, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

This was a great place to visit. We came there during a special event. We were able to see some live wolves and tortoises walking around. Inside the center, had lots of informative displayed and kid friendly activities. Nice deck and trail heads. No air conditioner inside though but they had fans to help out with the circulation.

Thank Aneta D
Solana Beach, California
Level Contributor
46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a wonderful little nature center, with helpful displays and information about the area. It's also great for kids. There are several well-marked trails near the nature center which don't require the purchase of a pass, which several other trails in the area do require. This is a good place to hike if you don't necessarily want to spend... More 

2 Thank JJF525
Lomita, California
Level Contributor
162 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

We made the Nature Center our second stop when we got to the town of Idyllwild. We had lunch at the Idyllwild park and then drove to the nature center and was informed we would have to pay the $7.00 per person fee again. We were expecting a real nature center and nature trails but they have neither. They have... More 

5 Thank 707clayg
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
105 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Nice drive to Idyllwild from Palm Springs-about an hour. Enjoyed the mountain cool breezes. Not much there. We walked an easy trail for about a half an hour. Better time getting there. Go to the town down the road and walk around.

1 Thank Patti Z

Travelers who viewed Idyllwild Nature Center also viewed


Been to Idyllwild Nature Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Idyllwild Nature Center and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Fullerton, California
10 months ago
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Idyllwild Nature Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?