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General Information

A Quick Guide to the Summer Program

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The campus is located at 5377-feet elevation in the Strawberry Valley on the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains. The 205-acre campus is a naturally beautiful setting with clean air, alpine forests, mountains and meadows. This tranquil site, remote from urban distractions, affords students a unique learning environment.

The Idyllwild Arts campus is situated two miles from the center of the village of Idyllwild and 2.5 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego by car.


From the Riverside Area thru Hemet:

Route 60 Riverside, towards Beaumont. Right on route 79, 8.3 miles to traffic light. Left onto Ramona Express Way, travel 8 miles to Florida Ave. Left at traffic light onto Route 74. Fifteen miles up mountain to Highway 243 at Mtn. Center. Left onto Route 243, four miles to Idyllwild. Left on Tollgate Road, one mile to campus.

From the Los Angeles Area thru Banning:

Route 10 or 60 East to Banning. Take the 8th St. exit to Route 243 which leads up the mountain 25 miles to Idyllwild. Continue one mile through the village. Right on Tollgate Road one mile to campus.

From the San Diego Area:

  1. Highway 15 north to Temecula. Exit Highway 79 south toward Indio/Palm Desert. Highway 371 Turn (or bear) left onto (Continue towards Indio/Palm Desert). Left at Highway 74, 10 mile to Highway 243. Right four miles to Idyllwild. Left at Tollgate Road. 1 mile to campus.
  2. Route 15 north to Winchester Road. Right on Winchester Road to Route 74; Right on Route 74 to Mtn. Center. Left on Route 243, 4 miles, left on Tollgate Road, 1 mile to campus.


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.

Campus Map

Campus Map


Transportation is available from the Palm Springs and Ontario airports at $150 each way. To take advantage of the airport shuttle service, you must make arrangements with the Summer Program staff at least two weeks before you plan to arrive on campus.

There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild.

Mail Services

Mail received via the United States Postal Service should be addressed:

Student’s Name and Age Group
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
P.O. Box 1682
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Students receiving packages via United Parcel Service or Federal Express should use

Student’s Name and Age Group
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
52500 Temecula Rd.
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Campus Facilities and Services

The campus features large modern dormitories, residence halls, dining hall and a snack bar. Services include health center, bookstore and laundry facilities.

The numerous indoor and outdoor art studios and exhibition areas include the Parks Exhibition Center and the Eymann Sculpture Garden.

Performance halls include the new Lowman Concert Hall, IAF Theatre, Stephens Recital Hall, Holmes Amphitheatre, and the Junior Players Theatre.

The Krone Library houses resource areas, classrooms and a museum.

Dance studios, rehearsal halls, film studio and practice rooms are located across the campus.

The new Margaret A. Cargill Commons, located at the heart of campus between Lowman Concert Hall and the IAF Theatre, offers areas to relax, converse, and mingle.

Summer Program Calendar of Events

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program offers a myriad of events, workshops, lectures and performances from June until August.

Please visit our Idyllwild Arts Calendar

Things to Bring

Bedding and Towels

Sheets for twin size bed or a sleeping bag
Pillow and pillow case
Towels and wash cloths
Pool towel

Personal Toiletries

Toothbrush and toothpaste
Soap and shampoo
Insect repellent


Sleeping attire, robe and slippers
Shorts, light shirts, tee shirts
Lightweight long pants
Lightweight jacket, sweater or sweatshirt
Tennis shoes, boots or other sturdy shoes


Laundry bag, detergent, quarters for washer and dryer
Coat hangers
Small electric fan (Highly recommended)
Spending money (Optional, for snack bar and bookstore.)
Cell phone (Youth Center students only)
Calling Cards

Wi-Fi is available on campus.
Please mark all items clearly.

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