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Idyllwild

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(4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews for 4 attractions)
Things to do: nature, wildlife areas, nightlife
Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley are three adjacent unincorporated municipalities, of which Idyllwild is the largest, located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California, United States. The Idyllwild community also generally includes the hamlets of Mountain Center and Garner Valley, though individual residents embrace this association to varying degrees. "Mile-high Idyllwild" is a popular southern California mountain resort about one mile (1.6 km) in altitude. Idyllwild is flanked by two large rocks, Tahquitz Peak (with nearby Lily Rock) and Suicide Rock, which are famous in Southern California rock climbing circles. One of Idyllwild's attractions is that it offers all four seasons, yet in winter is only an hour's drive down to the desert on the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway. It currently offers no skiing; thus "the hill" has been minimally developed over the years and remains a center for hiking, mountain and rock climbing, and horseback riding. There are numerous hiking trails for visitors to enjoy, with the Devils Slide Trail being one of the most popular as it also branches off with trails that lead to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; the trail has previously been called "the backdoor to Idyllwild."Idyllwild has earned the designation as one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America Idyllwild was also voted L.A.'s Best Mountain Getaway. The arts thrive in Idyllwild in the form of art, music, and theatre.In order to provide statistical information for Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley, the United States Census Bureau has defined Idyllwild-Pine Cove as a single census-designated place (CDP). The statistical information applies to the entire CDP, although local views of the community vary somewhat from the definition of the CDP. The population of the CDP was 3,874 at the 2010 census, up from 3,504 as of the 2000 census.
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