Idyllwild Campground is located in Mount San Jacinto State Park, between Hemet and Palm Springs. The San Jacinto Mountains are well known for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which runs from near Palms Springs to an elevation of 8,500 feet near the summit of 10,834-foot San Jacinto Peak. Mount San Jacinto State Park's campgrounds and headquarters are on the west side of the mountain range, along Highway 243 and 74. Trails lead through the park's wilderness area and connect with the tramway.
Visitors to Idyllwild Campground enjoy hiking on local trails. A majority of the park is designated as wilderness. Permits to enter the wilderness are required even for day hikes.
Idyllwild Campground has 31 developed campsites. Nine sites are designated for tents only. All the rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A couple of those campsites have full hook-ups, while campsites 4, 5, 6, and 28 have electric hook-ups. There is also a Hike & Bike site.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
General Camping Information
Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
Winter conditions may require chains to reach the campground.
Designated Accessible sites in the state park are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.