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Category: Life in Idyllwild

PHOTOS: The local critter population

PHOTOS: The local critter population

Chipmunks displace chickadees

Chipmunks displace chickadees

In Mountain Center, a couple of rodents, a.k.a. chipmunks, are taking over the bird nest box. They are making themselves at home, leaving the chickadees homeless …

Idyllwild Downtown Historic District explained

Idyllwild Downtown Historic District explained

By Nancy Borchers District Review Board member & Marshall Smith Assistant Editor Idyllwild’s downtown business core is now the only historic district in the unincorporated area of Riverside County. With the appointment of a local review board in Jan. 2013, the downtown district is now protected by architectural guidelines designed to preserve its mid 20th […]

Learn about Idyllwild’s History at the Idyllwild Area Historical Museum

The Museum of the award-winning Idyllwild Area Historical Society is located in a charming cabin at 54470 North Circle Drive, and the quaintness of the surroundings encourages you to step right in.

How Idyllwild got its name

By John Robinson Legends often become so ingrained in the public mind that they become accepted as truth. Such is the case with the often repeated story that Laura Rutledge named Idyllwild. Real credit for Idyllwild’s origin should go to Michigan-born George B. Hannahs and his wife, Sarah, who arrived in Strawberry Valley in 1889 […]

Childhood summers at camp

I was lucky to attend camp in the Idyllwild area during the years from 1967 through 1972. Camp Roosevelt was nestled about seven miles from Idyllwild in Garner Valley located right next to the Hurkey Creek campground. I was 10 ½ when I began attending the camp, which had been in existence for over 30 years. It was then owned and managed by Dan Slater. It was a co-ed camp that my brother Steve and I attended during the 60’s counter-cultural revolution. We had hippies as counselors and no parents at the camp, and seldom on parents’ weekend. It was an overnight camp where you could stay from three to eight weeks.

Astronaut training

The Astrocamp experience

Astrocamp boasts one of the premier science and adventure programs in California. It’s residential science and summer camp programs are designed to totally immerse campers in new experiences and to help them gain new skills. Astrocamp is unique in having programs specializing in physics, astronomy, and space exploration. Its mission is to expose kids to […]

Idyllwild’s trails:  A menu of outdoor pleasures

Idyllwild’s trails: A menu of outdoor pleasures

The Idyllwild area has trails to meet every need.

Fond memories: A history of Idyllwild’s camps

Fond memories: A history of Idyllwild’s camps

First-time visitors to Idyllwild are likely not aware that our largest and longest-lived industry is organized camps …

The arts in Idyllwild

The arts in Idyllwild

As any visitor to Idyllwild can tell, while you make your way up the winding and scenic roads from the Inland Empire cities you will sense a feeling of elation and anticipation of the experiences your journey will bring. Nestled among the majestic pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is renowned for being “one […]

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