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Location & Directions

Directions

In-Town Directions

From Mountain Center

From the junction with SR 74 (either direction) take SR 243 to Idyllwild. Watch for the large green highway sign for IDYLLWILD ARTS CAMPUS directing you to turn left onto Tollgate Road. The left turn onto Tollgate Road off of SR 243 is labout 10 minutes' from Mountain Center, before the town center of Idyllwild. From Tollgate, turn right on to Delano Drive (the first street off Tollgate).  Go about two blocks on Delano and turn left into the Quiet Creek Inn driveway as soon as you cross the bridge over Strawberry Creek.

From North on SR 243

Pass the center of town and watch for the large green highway sign for IDYLLWILD ARTS CAMPUS directing you to turn right onto Tollgate Road (about 1.5 miles south of the village area).  From Tollgate, turn right on to Delano Drive (the first street off Tollgate).  Go about two blocks on Delano and turn left into the Quiet Creek Inn driveway as soon as you cross the bridge over Strawberry Creek.

Mountain Road Conditions

SR 74

SR 243

From Los Angeles (about 100 miles):

For the gentlest drive (less mountain climbing and fewer hairpin curves), take east-bound Hwy 60; go past Hwy 215 and take the Gilman Springs/San Jacinto/Hemet exit; follow Gilman Springs south-easterly and merge onto Sanderson/CA-79 South toward Hemet for 1.5 miles.  Turn left onto the Ramona Expressway (after a little more than 5 miles Ramona Expressway becomes Mountain Ave but after another 1.8 miles becomes Ramona Expressway again – just stay the course) to SR 74/Florida Ave at SR 74 turn left (east toward the San Jacinto Mountains) and stay on SR 74 to Mountain Center (approximately 20 minutes or 14.4 miles). See in-town directions from Mountain Center, above, to get to Quiet Creek Inn.

If you don’t mind mountain driving and like dramatic views take  Hwy 60 to I-10 or start on I-10 east to Banning and exit at Highway 243 to Idyllwild (8th Street); follow the signs to SR 243, which leads up the mountain; you’ll go through Pine Cove and then Idyllwild. You’ll see views to Lake Elsinore and most of Riverside County to the west and mountain peaks and valleys en route. See in-town directions from North on SR 243, above, to get to Quiet Creek Inn.

From Palm Springs (about 47 miles):

Take I-10 west to Banning and exit to Highway 243 to Idyllwild (Hargrove Street); follow the signs to SR 243, which leads up the mountain; you’ll go through Pine Cove and then down to Idyllwild, then see in-town directions from North on SR 243, above.

From Palm Desert (about 47 miles):

Take SR 111 to SR 74 and continue on SR 74 through Garner Valley to Mountain Center.  At Mountain Center bear right and take SR 243 to Idyllwild. At Mountain Center, follow the in-town directons above to get to Quiet Creek Inn.

From San Diego (about 114 miles):

Take I-15 north to SR79 South (first off ramp in Temecula); go east for 20-minutes or so to a stop sign (not a light) and turn left onto SR 371 toward Anza; follow SR 371 another 20-minutes to the ridge and turn left onto SR 74 at Paradise Corner (stop sign) toward Idyllwild; continue through Garner Valley and to Mountain Center, then follow the in-town directons above to get to Quiet Creek Inn.

Mountain Road Conditions

SR 79

SR 371

From Orange County (about 93 miles):

You’ll have the same two choices as Los Angeles, though you'll start on Hwy 91 and go northeasterly to either Hwy 60 east or I-10 east depending on which of the routes above you prefer, then fllow the appropriate directions.

From Ventura, Santa Barbara and points north:

To bypass LA traffic there’s a route through Palmdale that will drop you in above San Bernardino.  From Palmdale (via highway 126 from Ventura & Santa Barbara and via I-5 and Hwy 138 east at Gorman for those farther north) take Hwy 138 east to I-15; go south to I-215.  Please refer to the route options for Los Angeles, and decide if you prefer the prettier but mountainous route via I-10 and Banning or the less mountainous route via Hwy 60 and Hemet.  For Banning, take I-215 south to I-10 east to Banning and follow the appropriate Los Angeles directions above.  For Hemet, take I-215 south to Hwy 60 east (to Gilman Springs exit) and follow the Los Angeles directions above.

From Las Vegas and points northeast:

Take I-15 south through Barstow to the I-215 split. Please refer to the route options for Los Angeles, and decide decide if you prefer the prettier but mountainous route via I-10 and Banning or the less mountainous route via Hwy 60 and Hemet.  For Banning, take I-215 south to I-10 east to Banning and follow the appropriate Los Angeles directions above.  For Hemet, take I-215 south to Hwy 60 east to Gilman Springs exit and follow the Los Angeles directions above.

From Phoenix and points east:

Take the I-10 west through Blythe and Indio and then follow the Palm Springs directions above, exiting at Hargrove.

Nearby Points of Interest

Palm Springs / Palm Desert (45 minutes)

San Diego (~2 hours)

Los Angeles (~3 hours)

  • PSP Palm Springs Int'l Airport

  • LAX LA Int'l Airport

  • SDG San Diego Int'l Airport

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