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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Idyllwild Nature Center

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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 82 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 40
  • 32
    Very good
  • 7
  • 2
  • 0
Nice nature center, great for small children too.

It has two nice hikes, one very easy for young children to walk, (without holding hands) . The other one is harder. Inside the building there are activities for the children to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Add Photo Write a Review

82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 81: English reviews
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Level Contributor
38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has two nice hikes, one very easy for young children to walk, (without holding hands) . The other one is harder. Inside the building there are activities for the children to see and do. Lots of animals (stuffed) on display that are native to the area.

1 Thank MamaMia796
Orange, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited on a day when the exhibits were closed. Still got to hike around and enjoy the views and fresh air. There was a light snow on the ground which made things more holiday-like. Not very crowded so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Definitely worth a visit and a must see if you're in... More 

Thank a1facepainter
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We wanted to hike around the Nature Center. The area around the center is certainly beautiful and easy to hike. Our only complaint was that we were there at 9:25 on a Sunday and the Center was still closed. It was supposed to be open at 9:00. It was open when we returned from our hike.

1 Thank riftia
Orange, California
Level Contributor
33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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

1 Thank NurseB11
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
111 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Stargateman
Idyllwild, California
Level Contributor
77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 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
36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

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

2 Thank Eva G
South Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
127 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 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.

2 Thank TravelDrone
Murrieta, California
Level Contributor
484 reviews
294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 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 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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.

1 Thank Aneta D

Travellers 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
over a year 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?