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The Village of Idyllwild

Located at an elevation of over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains, the village of Idyllwild is renowned for its cultural and arts environment, as well as its stunning natural beauty. Set amid towering alpine forests, majestic mountains, and tranquil meadows, Idyllwild is an historic town that has long had a reputation as an arts mecca. Idyllwild offers a peaceful and remote setting from urban distractions, although it is located just 2 hours by car from Los Angeles or San Diego. Students can take advantage of Idyllwild’s broad choice of recreational activities on campus, or by visiting the nearby town of Idyllwild, with its restaurants, specialty shops, and art galleries. The Idyllwild Arts campus is located only 2 miles from the center of town.


Set your GPS to 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549

From Los Angeles International Airport:

Head East on I-105 from S Sepulveda Blvd. Continue on I-105 E. Take I-10 E to CA-243 S/S 8th St in Banning. Take exit 100 from I-10 E. Follow CA-243 S to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From San Diego International Airport:

Head North on I-15, CA-79 S, CA-371 E and CA-74 W to Tollgate Rd in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Continue on Tollgate Rd to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Palm Springs International Airport:

Take N Farrell Dr and E Racquet Club Rd to CA-111 N/N Palm Canyon Dr. Follow CA-111 N, I-10 W and CA-243 S to Tollgate Rd in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Continue on Tollgate to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Ontario:

Get on I-10 E. Follow I-10 E to CA-243 S/S 8th St in Banning. Take exit 100 from I-10 E. Follow CA-243 S to 52500 Temecula Rd.

From Hemet:

Head east on CA-74 E/W Florida Ave toward N State St. Continue on CA-243 N to 52500 Temecula Rd.


There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild. Transportation is available via campus vans from Ontario International Airport or Palm Springs Regional Airport and Idyllwild. Arrangements must be made in advance.


Vacation Rentals:

If you want an amazing place to stay in Idyllwild, our very own design teacher of 16 years, Melissa Wilson, has designed three homes to meet all of your different needs. These homes are all upscale, newly remodeled and all have 5 star reviews. It is extremely important to Melissa that you always get 5 star treatment. The links are below or you can email her directly with any questions you may have:

The 1 bedroom with sleeping loft: or 
Idyllwild Manor 55350 South Circle Dr. Idyllwild Vacation Cabins 54380 North Circle Dr. Unit C (951) 659-5444 Idyllwild Vacation Rentals 54280 North Circle Dr. (951) 659-5015
Sunset Acres – 2 bedroom, plus loft 53397 Linger Lane Idyllwild, CA 858-736-4064 Sunset Acres – Airbnb Sunset Acres – Vrbo Idyllwild Mountain Rentals 54240 North Circle Drive (951) 659-5349 New Spirit Vacation Homes 54325 North Circle Drive #102 (909) 910-5005 or (951) 659-3100

Inns B&B’s & Hotels:

Bluebird Cottage Inn 26620 Saddle Drive (951) 659-2696 Creekstone Inn 54950 Pine Crest Ave. (951) 659-3342 Fireside Inn 54540 North Circle Drive (951) 659-2966 Grand Idyllwild Lodge 54820 Pinecrest Ave. 951-659-2383 Idyllwild Inn 54300 Village Center Drive 1.888.659.2552 Knotty Pine Cabins 54340 Pine Crest Ave. (951) 659-2933 Manzanita Cabins 54100 Lower Pinecrest Ave. (951) 659-3151
Mile High Country Inn 54605 N Circle Drive (951) 659-2931 Quiet Creek Inn 26345 Delano Dr. 1-800-450-1516, (951) 468-4208 Rainbow Inn 54420 South Circle Dr. (951) 659-0111 Silver Pines Lodge 25955 Cedar St. (951) 659-4335 Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Hwy (951) 659-3202 Thousand Trails 24400 Canyon Trail Dr. (951) 659-4097 Woodland Park Manor 55350 South Circle Dr. 1-877-659-2657, (951)659-2657

Campus Map


Café Aroma • • 951-659-5212 • 54750 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Restaurant Gastrognome • • 951-659-5055 • 54381 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Higher Grounds Coffee House & Roaster • • 951-659-1379 • 54245 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA

Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro • • 951-659-9463 • 54254 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

La Casita Mexican Restaurant • • 951-659-6038 • 54650 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA

Lumber Mill Bar & Grill • • 951-659-0315 • 25985 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild CA 92549• 951-659-2008 • 26600 Hwy 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

Mile High • 951-659-2008 • 26600 Hwy 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

The Red • 951-659-4063 • 54220 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Ferro • • 951-659-0700 • 25840 Cedar Street, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Tommy’s Kitchen • 951-468-4222 • 54700 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Fratello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria • (951) 659-3900 • 54295 Ridgeview Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549

Sugar Loaf • • 442 400-9674 • 70111 California 74, Mountain Center, CA, 92561

Things to do in Idyllwild

Idyllwild has earned the distinction of becoming one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. (As designated in the book of the same name by John Villani, A John Muir publication). The town features over 15 galleries representing the work of more than 200 artists. Idyllwild is filled with unique gift and antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and wide variety of dining options. There are hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails for all levels from gentle strolls to strenuous trails leading to the meadows and peaks that tower above the village. Fishing is also available within 20 minutes at Lake Fulmor and Lake Hemet.

Transportation Services

Please note that Idyllwild does not have transportation services readily available in the Idyllwild area. If you have a car service drive you to Idyllwild, please make sure you pre-arrange for the car service to take you off the mountain. In some cases, you will need to have the car wait for you for the duration of your visit. Transportation options listed are informational only, and not an endorsement of those companies and services.

Palm Springs Airport area transportation service:

Shuttle Me Five Star 1-844-775-7827

Cardiff Limousine & Transportation 1-800-669-0355 or 1-760-568-1403

VIP Express Transportation 1-760-322-2224

Ontario International Airport area transportation service:

Super Shuttle 1-800-258-3826

Ontario Limo & Sedan Services 1-800-920-9987

Ontario Uber Service 1-909-224-8712

Ride N’ Relax 1-323-674-9020

Los Angeles International Airport area transportation service:

Super Shuttle 1-800-258-3826

LA Private Car Service 1-888-400-1919

Ride N’ Relax 1-323-674-9020

MGCLS Car Service 1-855-255-2557

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