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Quiet Creek Inn
26345 Delano Dr
POB 240
Idyllwild, CA 92549

(800) 450-1516
(951) 468-4208

Photo Courtesy of Mark Hespenheide, copyright 1997-2006


“Idyllwild has more interesting characters per square inch than any place I’ve ever been,” as one well-traveled person was overhead saying.  There are indeed many interesting “characters” in Idyllwild but there is also plenty of things to see and do.

Whether you come to Idyllwild for the mountain nature experience or to shop and dine, most visitors leave feeling refreshed and renewed.  Things to do in Idyllwild include everything from relaxing creek side to hiking the peaks, from fine dining to fun shopping, and from holiday parades to art and music events.

While Idyllwild has been listed in John Villani’s, The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining, Fourth Edition, the town  has also been written about because of the grandeur of it’s views and the serene beauty of the surrounding wilderness:

“Naturalist John Muir, upon watching the sunrise from the summit, is said to have exclaimed, ‘The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!’  Since then, countless others have experienced the same inspiration.  The vista is utterly magnificent, extending over hundreds of square miles of mountain, foothill, valley, and desert.  On the southwestern horizon, beyond row after row of misty-purple ranges, is the glimmering Pacific.  Northwest, the gray hogback of San Gorgonio rises grandly across the trough of San Gorgonio Pass.  Eastward sprawls the drab tawniness of the Colorado Desert and it’s wrinkled hills.  Southeast lies the shining platter of the Salton Sea, and beyond, in the distant haze, is Mexico.  What gives the panorama a final touch of grandeur is the great north rampart, plunging in jagged cliffs and castellated ridges to Coachella Valley, nearly two miles below.”

According to Harvey Monroe, University of California botanist, “There is probably no place in North America where the alpine and Sonoran floras are in such proximity as they are on San Jacinto Mountain…”.   Excerpts from The San Jacintos, John W. Robinson and Bruce D. Risher, (Big Santa Anita Historical Society, 1993), Pp 191 & 197.  This excellent book is available at the Idyllwild Nature Center, and some local gift shops, and offers a wonderful overview of the history and development of the “mountain country from Banning to Borrego Valley”.

The truth is, one doesn’t have to climb the nearly 11,000 foot San Jacinto peak to experience wonderful views.  Most trails into the State Park or National Wildnerness area offer wonderful southerly, westerly and northerly views even at the beginning stages of a climb.  The peaks, such as San Jacinto and Tahquitz, offer the added bonus of views to the east to the desert communities and the Salton Sea.

Books on Hiking and History - Idyllwild and the San Jacinto Mountains

Photo Courtesy of Mark Hespenheide, copyright 1997-2006

Above Photo Courtesy of Mark Hespenheide
© 1997-2006



General Lists of Things to Do in Idyllwild:

Things to Do in Idyllwild - Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce

Fun Things to Do in Idyllwild - IDY

Art & Entertainment Events Calendar - Idyllwild Town Crier


Idyllwild Nature Center

Devils Slide to Saddle Junction

Ernie Maxwell Trail

Trail Finder for Idyllwild

Wilderness Outings


Idyllwild Cycling

Mountain Bike Bill

Rock Climbing

Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School

Wilderness Outings


Lake Hemet – SoCalCamping.com

Lake Hemet – TotalEscape.com

Entertainment – live music, theatre and movies

Café Aroma, Bistro, Gallery, Social Club

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Jazz in the Pines

The Rustic Theatre (movies and more)


Café Aroma, Bistro, Gallery, Social Club


Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce

Art: Artists, Galleries, Organizations, Schools & Events

Art Alliance of Idyllwild

Artisans Gallery

Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program


Idyllwild Yoga

Day Trips

Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Palm Desert

The Living Desert, Palm Desert

Joshua Tree National Park

California Indian Casinos (click on Inland Empire) - 500nations.com

Cabazon Outlets

Temecula Wineries, Wine Tasting

Idyllwild Event, Conference, Retreat & Education Facilities, Organizations & Institutions

Caine Learning Center – Ideal for conferences, workshops, meetings, gatherings, weddings and more (no lodging)

Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program

Quiet Creek Inn – Weddings, Family Reunions, Group Events, Workshops on 6.5 wooded acres along Strawberry Creek

Zen Mountain Center - Yokoji Zen Mountain Center is a western Zen Buddhist training and retreat center located on 160 acres of wilderness in the wild and beautiful San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California.

History & Culture

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Idyllwild Area Historical Society

Idyllwild-Pine Cove – Wikipedia

Local Links


Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild (ARF) Idyllwild Yoga
Art Alliance of Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
Jenny Kirchner Photography
Debbie Crowell Commercial & Fine Art Photography Living Free Animal Sanctuary
Gastrognome IDY Mountain Bike Bill
Artisans Gallery Quiet Creek Inn
The Rustic Theatre—movies and more
Idyllwild Nature Center Wilderness Outings
Idyllwild Town Crier  

Media Links

Video about Idyllwild, CA

An Introduction to Idyllwild by Sara Rossini

Accommodations in Idyllwild by Sara Rossini

Recommended by Sunset Magazine, June 2007

Fall at Quiet Creek Inn Video

Los Angeles Times article, “Mountain eatery with a touch of soul”

New York Times article, “Havens: Idyllwild, California, Seems it Does Snow in Southern California”

Idyllwild Town Crier

Idyllwild Life Magazine

Article by Jack Holder, Past President of Outdoor Writers Association of California, “Idyllwild: Definitely a Different State – State of Mind, That Is”

Trip Advisor Reviews of Quiet Creek Inn

Yelp.com Reviews of Quiet Creek Inn

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