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Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243, Idyllwild, California | (951) 659-3850
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Type: Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, History, and Science & Technology
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $
Hours of operation: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm

An indoor nature center showcasing information about the cultural and ecological history of the area, and several trails on property.


1 Review for Idyllwild Nature Center

June 05 2016
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"Small nature center, well-marked trails"

We visited the nature center on what turned out to be a tricky day. The nature center had been rented out for a private event, taking over the parking area, and wooded area in front of the center. This made our visit a bit more chaotic than it would have been otherwise, I'm afraid.

However, the museum itself was small, but well-appointed. There was a room dedicated to the Cahuilla tribe who lived in the area. Another area was dedicated to the flora and fauna of Idyllwild. My kids (3 and 6) liked the hands-on puppet show area, the live reptiles (snakes, tortoises, lizards), and the drawing area. The museum was also home to a small gift store.
We probably spent about 20 minutes looking through the museum.

The workers were helpful in getting us out beyond the festival on their property and onto trails that were appropriate for our family. We found the trails to be very well marked with large signs, and the nature center gave us a map as well. We had lots of activities planned for the day so we decided to take the Yellow Ponderosa Nature Trail, which came with an interpretive section. My kids love these kinds of trails because they can run from station to station finding the numbers and reading the information. This trail was fairly level and would be considered an easy trail at under a mile.

For those wanting to be a bit more adventurous, there were several other trail options from the center spanning the length of the county park, to the county campground, and beyond the county park into the San Jacinto Wilderness.

Bathrooms were available at the nature center as well.

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