Enjoy the unspoiled treasures of the Inland region from the comfort of an air-conditioned off-road vehicle, or try something more adventurous like hiking in Joshua Tree, hang-gliding over the desert, or zip-lining through the mountain forest. Elite Land Tours based in Palm Springs and recently voted one of the Top 10 attractions in the US--offers a stunning variety of tours led by experts in the local flora, fauna, and history. Be sure to ask about the upcoming return of the 'Pines to Palms' tour, featuring exclusive access to the most rarely seen areas of the San Jacinto mountains and desert below.
Fishermen will be in heaven trolling on peaceful Lake Hemet, or rowing into pristine waters on Lake Fulmor. Both located less than 15 minutes from the inn, these lakes offer a bevy of reeling opportunities for anglers. The Department of Fish and Game stocks rainbow trout from spring through late fall in Lake Fulmor and year-round at Lake Hemet. Largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill also populate both lakes. Check out the Fishing Network website for details.
Get back to nature and discover the amazing vistas, crystal clear streams and waterfalls, and spectacular pine forests of the Idyllwild area and the San Jacinto mountains. Over 275 miles of hiking trails criss-cross the mountains and remote back roads. Hikes range from short walks to challenging treks — like the 7.5-mile ascent to San Jacinto Peak(also reachable by the Palm Springs Tramway). Ask the innkeepers for a map of area hiking trails or check out the hiking page on the Chamber of Commerce website.
Experience cool mountain breezes, majestic mountain vistas, and wildflower-filled meadows — all from the back of a trusty mount. The Little Yellow Rose Ranch (951-541-1221) offers guided trail rides, pack trips, riding lessons, and more.
Whether you've been enjoying this exciting combination of hiking and treasure-hunting for years, or you've been wondering what it's all about, we've got the perfect launching point for your next geocaching vacation. With 40-plus caches (and growing!) just within a 5-mile radius of the center of town — including a unique cache so close to the Bunkhouse that you'll barely have to roll out of bed — Idyllwild has attracted geocachers from around the world thanks to its unparalleled natural beauty and plethora of hiking trails. It's a great way to explore the untouched beauty of the San Jacinto mountains, with the added benefits of joining an active community of geocachers, achieving a series of goals, benefitting from the trail recommendations of other hikers, and giving back to the Earth and its inhabitants ('cache in, trash out' and 'take something, leave something or equal or greater value' are basic tenets of the geocaching community). Geocaching is also a great activity to enjoy with your sweetheart or love interest, your friends, the kids, or the family dog. Visit Geocaching.com for more information on this fascinating sport and the variety of geocaches Idyllwild has to offer. If you recovered one of our special geocoins in a cache outside of the San Jacinto mountain range and want to redeem it, please call or email us for details.
What better way is there to spend an afternoon in the mountains than floating on a lazy lake with the sun warming your skin and a paddle in your hands? Whether on 420-acreLake Hemet surrounded by sweeping vistas or more intimate Lake Fulmor, you're within 15 minutes of 'home base'. Lake Hemet also offers boat rentals and a multitude of other recreational activities, including short hikes through the native vegetation surrounding the lake.
With 200 miles of dirt roads and 40 miles of trails, Idyllwild is a mountain biker's mecca. The challenging 17-mile Ramona Trail loop on Thomas Mountain is considered one of the best rides in the area. Easy and scenic, two-mile Coyote Run offers a different pace for day pedalers. Call or visit the Hub Cyclery (951-659-4070) for information on trails, group rides and rentals.
Rich in rock-climbing lore, the Idyllwild area offers two of the best known granite cliff faces in southern California: Tahquitz Rock and Suicide Rock. Tahquitz Rock has long climbing routes, is shaded most of the day, and offers good crack climbing. Suicide Rock has more climbing routes on its face and is in the sun most of the day. Check out the rock climbing page on the Chamber of Commerce website for more details, and for information on rock-climbing guides and classes try Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School.
The San Bernardino National Forest's diverse habitat and climate support more than 2,000 native plants, 75 mammals, 55 reptiles, 13 amphibians, and almost 300 birds. Deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail, and toads are frequent callers, and an occasional coyote sighting is not uncommon. A terrific place for bird watching, many species fly, hover, and perch all over town and on our grounds. Feathered visitors include Steller's Jays, California Quail, Purple Finches, Western Tanagers, Mountain Bluebirds, several species of Hummingbirds, Acorn Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadees, and Northern Harriers.
Although winters in Idyllwild are generally mild, many times during the season the area becomes a snowy playground perfect for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just frolicking in the snow.