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Idyllwild Nature Center

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Address: 25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone Number: 951 659-3850

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Small but worthwhile visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2016
South Pasadena, California
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South Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Alexandra T
Corona, California
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4 of 5 stars 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
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5 of 5 stars 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
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2 of 5 stars 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 

3 Thank 707clayg
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars 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
Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We stopped by here expecting a basic nature walk loop we could do with our dog. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful views and for-real trails. This is a really nice park where you can choose to stroll around the grounds and the gift shop (with interesting displays on local animals and Native American cultures), or you can head... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit if you'd like to escape the desert sun of Palm Springs. Can be significantly cooler than the desert below, 30 degrees less sometimes, so be sure to check the weather before. Views are spectacular, and the contrast of being in a scorched desert 30 mins before to Alpine and snow topped mountains is stunning and surprising.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Nice place to enjoy mountain..only 1hr 30 minutes from LA..good place for mountain escape.. a lot restaurants. It have Big Rock mountain for hiking.. Good people in the store and restaurants.Good place for Dog Lover :-) The city mayor name MAX : Dog After you done visit Idyllwild the good thing continue go visit Cabazon Outlet Premium. One the good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Beautiful vistas and so many granite rocks. There are hiking trails and so much beauty. Wish we could have spent more time.

1 Thank smccaffrey

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