48 RV Parks near Idyllwild, California
Sites: 33 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 6 Reviews
Jun 2017 - $35.00
We reserved our site online. It was difficult getting the trailer in due to the angle of the road to the spacious site. After that feat was accomplished we enjoyed our stay there. I would definitely come back to camp here but choose a site that works better for our trailer. The location can't be beat. Loved the break from the heat being in the mountains. - arteacher
May 2017 - $51.00
We were only able to be here one night while traversing the country from Orlando to LA. Very pretty place to be. We intend to come back for a week. The town of Idyllwild is just outside the park and looks like great place to check out. It took us an hour to get up the mountain and an hour to get down. Fairly steep with a winding road. The road provides turn outs every couple of miles so you can allow the faster vehicles, not towing a trailer, to pass. - Pietrzyk
Apr 2017 - $35.00
Awesome park. Walk to downtown Idyllwild. Stayed in Sp-26, now a full-HU site w/sewer. The other electric sites are being upgraded and most are now 30amp. Lots of shade and growth, well spaced, semi-private. Very pleased, will stay here again !! - Nevada Nick
May 2015 - $1.00
I was one night at this park. It happened to be fogged in so I did walk the area, I could only see about 200 feet.
My site was nice, and spacious in the woods. I was next to a long term renter.
This entire park is nestled in the woods, among trees and boulders. Driving through here in a big RV or with a big trailer is not for the faint of heart. My 24 foot van was no problem.
The road in is a pretty steep hill.
The Rangers that checked me in were very friendly and offered plenty of good advice about navigating the many roads in the park. - StormRunner
Oct 2014 - $1.00
Nice wooded park. We were up top near the pool in a nice 50 amp site. Park was fairly empty because it was starting to get cooler. Many things to do in the area and casino's aren't too far away. We enjoyed our week long stay. - acampingfan
Jul 2014 - $1.00
Third stay in last 8 years. This is a mountainside park with lots of trees and boulders. Hard to avoid obstacles in a big rig. Came up on a Friday at 3PM check-in time and spent an hour finding a suitable site. First site selected was too sloped to allow Levelers to work. Next site over worked with a little jockeying. Sewer sites are all taken by seasonal members with leases. Dump station tight to get into. Nice cabins. OK for big rigs but perfect for smaller units. Very few 50 amp sites also taken by seasonals. Wonderful wilderness camp near to charming town of Idyllwild. Trip up the mountain is not for the squeamish. Worth the trip. - Cochise
Apr 2017 - $25.00
This was my Yosemite backup. When you can't get a campsite at Yosemite, you get one at Idyllwild. This campground was really good. I was able to get a really large campsite (Site 93) with plenty of room for our outdoor stuff. The map shows it as a back-in, but I got there and was able to pull through. There are decent hiking trails with trailheads extremely nearby, and the trails allow dogs. We were able to ride our bikes to the local town; we happened to be there for the Easter Egg hunt. The campsites are fairly un-level and they're marked a little haphazardly. There were community water spigots all over the place, but they were frozen for one of the mornings we were there--thawed later that afternoon. Campsites include a fire-ring/grill and a picnic table. Most of the campsites are for tents but there is a section at one end dedicated to RVs. I didn't see any Class A's. The interior roads are a little tight for big rigs. No dump station. Overall it was a quiet weekend getaway that we all really enjoyed and would happily do again. - Arash
Jun 2013 - $20.00
My rate was $20 plus a $7 reservation fee. This was a nice cool place to camp out of the heat of the valley below. I wish I could spend more time up here. Do not expect level sites like you would find in an RV park. Many of these sites are designed for tents, but you can get an RV in there. There are two buildings with showers, one at the very front of the campground (near the day use parking lot), and one near the middle of the campground. My campsite was at the very back of the campground, and at my site Verizon service was poor, so your mileage may vary. I would stay here again. - Rick Scholz
Mar 2013 - $10.00
Rate reflects Passport America. Most of campground was closed when I was there. I was in a paved level site near the entrance of the campground. I walked campground and some sites towards the end turnaround loop also looked suitable for smaller RVs (I have 25' C). Good Verizon signal. Walking distance to town and restaurants. Mixed forest with pine trees in campground, very pretty. Friendly helpful campground host. - tpild
Jul 2015 - $25.00
Very nice county park in the mountains surrounded by large pines. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Park has no hookups but numerous water stations throughout the park. Restroom were not clean and 2 of the toilets in the women's restroom were clogged. Sites on upper loop are very uneven making it difficult to level a trailer (luckily, the recent storms created a ditch in the one side of our site which allowed us to place one wheel in to level). - WoodShed22
May 2010 - $21.00
Just returned from a long Memorial Day weekend at Hurkey Creek, our first visit. This is a Riverside County Park: all dry camping. It is at 4,000 feet altitude in the big pine trees surrounded by mountains. Within a 15 minute drive of Idyllwild, 30 minutes to Palm Springs. Overall, it was a beautiful weekend. The positives: Beautiful scenery, relatively cool weather, great hiking and mountain bike trails, friendly staff (and they did a good job of enforcing the quiet time, even on the crazy holiday weekend). The park was clean, you can book reservations on a very good web site with up-to-date pictures of each site. The negatives: No cell coverage (no one in our group had cell coverage, regardless of carrier: you have to drive up the mountain toward Idyllwild to get a connection). The showers/restrooms were older, dark and dingy. 50 cents for the shower. The roads are all paved, but the sites are dirt (DG). We lucked into one that was fairly level, but a LOT of the sites are uneven and sloping. The web site has pictures of each site: pay attention! I mentioned earlier that there are no hookups, no dump station either. All in all, it was a good weekend, but this is iffy, for us, for a return trip. It is very difficult for me to be completely out of contact (job). Also, unless you're REALLY paying attention when you book reservations, it would be pretty easy to end up in a terrible site. - FireFlyer
Jul 2009 - $21.00
This was the first time we camped here: we loved it. We felt like we were a million miles away but it's only 1 hour from Temecula. Mountain feel, lots of pine trees, camp clean and quiet. Would highly recommend this campground. - cisbell
May 2017 - $30.00
I have camped here many times 20+/- years ago. We came back in May in my RV. I forgot that you CANNOT swim in this lake, well unless you swim in their float areas (blow up slides) for an additional LARGE fee. Why??? We booked near where the map showed the floating toys were so the grandkids could go swimming, and they moved it to another location and couldnt enjoy it. The campground has a section of people who live in their RV's and it is very trashy looking. Spaces with old worn out fake grass around them and lots of clutter. Looks like a homeless camp. This is the main section for RV hookups. There other areas are dry or some service. I had google mapped it when I booked, and I could tell it was trashy looking, so we opted for dry camping. However, the spaces are not really big enough for RVs in most spaces. I literally had someone with their trailer not 5 feet from my RV. Horrible way to camp. Had I known that, I would have stayed in the city, at least there the neighbors are 20 feet away. There were far too few trees for a campground this old. In the summer you need shade. They have done nothing to provide shade for most of the camp sites. Last, I dont know if this is a California thing (I am a resident) or a Lake Hemet thing. The pot smell (skunk smell) was way too frequent. The neighbor (Mr. 5 ft) was smoking, as was someone a few camp sites away. They would walk around smoking, and once stood there on the other side of our camp with the wind coming directly at us. Even the young kids were commenting on what stinks! Lastly, for RV's, many of the sites are not very accommodating for the larger RV's, 5th Wheels and trailers. We saw many people struggle to get into their spaces. Ours was a back in, and I could barely get in. They place large boulders near drive lane with tight spaces. I dont think we will be back. Not the best way to get away from it all. - Jewels RV
Sep 2012 - $36.00
Large family-friendly park. A mixed-use park for sure. There were many permanent mobile homes, as well as long-stay trailers. There was a RV camp and a tent camp on opposite sides of the lake inlet. Camp 2 is where we stayed. We were originally given a spot in between two permanent homes, but we asked for a different spot in a more open area. We were reluctantly given the spot by a very unhelpful front-gate. The front-gate people were unfamiliar with the occupancy of their park and gave incorrect directions to our spot. The lake is fun, you can rent boats and fishing gear. The park is very peaceful at night. The roads are tight for a rig over 30ft. Will stay here again now that we know what lots to avoid. - ArnerJoey
Jul 2010 - $27.00
Lake Hemet is a picturesque campground, but with a few problems: 1) Has very narrow camp access roads made backing into the site difficult. This was compounded by large boulders placed in front of each site. 2) Has lots of full time campers with semi-permanent set-ups, including storage sheds, porches, etc. This is not my cup of tea as it looked kind of shanty-town like. 3) It was surprisingly buggy, mostly at dusk. If you like fishing, folks were reporting good luck fishing the lake. Boat rentals are available. If you're into high tech, you'll be disappointed by the lack of cell coverage and Wi-Fi. If you can live without communications to the real world, and have a maneuverable rig, you may enjoy this campground. - Bigbit
Apr 2017 - $55.00
I agree with some of the other posts. This is not a friendly RV park. The full-timers won't even move their vehicles out of the way in order help you get your rig parked. The front office also keeps pretty short/weird hours (e,g, closed at 11 am on Sunday). Then, lastly, their wifi is really minimal. If you go to their pool, sit poolside, you may get a weak but usable signal. They have good cable TV service, but you have to ask for a converter box at the office.....they don't offer it up. Not bad, until you consider the strange office the office keeps. So, once you have everything figured out and get in to your space (too tight for large rigs), then the park is great. The best things about this space is privacy and location; you're fairly close to old town Palm Springs. So all in all its' a nice, old RV park. If they'd make a few minor changes this park could easily be a 9 or 10. I'll come back again. - Bruce of Port Ludlow
Apr 2017 - $48.00
We've been coming here for a while. Great location. Great private sites. Park facilities are good but aging. While we were here almost every party with a trailer had a brutal time backing into their site. It isn't impossible but can take a while. Make sure you have a spotter for backing into your site! The folks in this park can be either super friendly or cold and cliquey. If social contact is important to you this isn't your place. If you are looking for a great location, this can't be beat! This place used to be very noisy but now seems extremely quiet. We think this place is getting better overall. Come here for your reasons but don't let neighbour socializing be one of them. The short stay folks are awesome but the seasonals can be brutal. - RV Dog
Feb 2017 - $46.00
Mostly long term winter visitors, with some short term. Street and sites are paved and level, but close, with tall hedges between for privacy. Backing in can be awkward. Friendly neighbors. For being so close in, street noise was minimal. We stayed here a week.
The WiFi is practically non-existent at this park, but you can use Time Warner WiFi if you have an account at home. - jhwms
Feb 2016 - $10.00
Not really a full review after only 24 hours here, in the winter, but the campground is quiet and looks clean and well-maintained and I'd definitely return.
There are some things I wanted to mention because I did not see them elsewhere:
(1) Verizon service is good throughout the whole park.
(2) This park is not really in Banning itself, but 12 miles up the winding mountain road toward Idyllwild. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is not slightly scary to get to.
(3) Dig out your jack pads before you come, because the sites are asphalt (wish I'd planned ahead!)
(4) The sites are laid out in an unusual pattern, with groups of both back-in and pull-thru sites in short "nodes", with lots of grassy spaces between nodes. It strikes me that this is one of the best arrangements I've ever seen for family groups with multiple RVs, or small groups traveling together.
(5) The sewer connections are exactly 3" in diameter and threaded on the outside. I had nothing - including my 4-in-1 slip adapter - which would fit these. I guess you need a rubber seal connector and that's the only thing that works? Just come prepared.
As with Thousand Trails parks, you pick your spot. But when I called the office to give them my site number, they refused to take it over the phone. She said I had to give them that information in person?!
I have no toad and it's a long walk back, so I guess they'll have to live without it. That's been my only negative experience here. - Karen On The Road
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Very clean park with over 800 camping spots, two pools one for children and one for adults, bar, resturant and snack bars at each pool. I dont recommend camping here in August due to the heat. We will be back. - snarlin
Jul 2014 - $10.00
This is a membership park. It's in a great location, a huge campground, plenty of area for walking, lots of trees and grass, plenty of birds if you like to put out feeders, nice sized spaces with good wifi (for a fee). One of our favorite spots when in California. It's steep and winding getting to and from the park, but worth the trouble to get there. - NoPlaceLikeRoam
Jan 2018 - $50.00
No frills, older park needing upgrades. Bathrooms clean but needs remodeling. The proximity to town makes it a good place to stay but definitely not a "resort"! Roads/sites mostly gravel and area dusty. - Stephenb
Mar 2017 - $28.00
This park has a good location in Cathedral City close to Target, Trader Joes and a few decent restaurants. The entrance road is very rough, lots of dust every time a vehicle goes by your site. People are very friendly, the sites are large however there is little privacy as the sites are back to back with no fence or bushes between the sites. Be prepared for close encounters. My beef is with the men's toilets which in spite of being cleaned daily were always filthy. There must be people in this park with serious digestive problems who perhaps should not be using a public facility, as a health precaution to others. Kudos to the 2 guys who had to deal with the mess every day as they tried very hard to keep the toilets clean. The park caters mostly to membership of RPI which makes it inexpensive for Palm Springs. - dij144
Feb 2017 - $13.00
New owners are working hard to improve the park, and many changes have taken place since last winter. Nice folks, sites are cleaned up, flexible with reservations. - MicaSophie
Jan 2018 - $64.00
This RV park has tight spaces, the only outside space you have is behind your tow vehicle or towed which is parked close to the left of your RV. But worse than that--I saw no RV site that was level. Most Class A's had their front wheels 3-6 inches off the ground. And fifth wheels have it even worse if their sewer connection is not at the rear--bring lots of leveling blocks for the hose! I had to buy a 10 pack at WM and I could have used more. Other than that--it is ok. Getting Satellite coverage was good in most spots used a few more to make it level and keep my front wheels supported. I doubt an over 40' rig with 3 slides and a towed would fit. - TedM
Sep 2016 - $40.00
This park is close to just about everything. The people working here, and staying here were very nice. The pools were clean and large and a great temperature. The spots can look a bit like a parking lot with very little to no greenery, but the views of the mountains made up for it. We have been here twice, and once one of the bathrooms was flooded our entire stay, but the next time it was ok. - danjoe91
Sep 2016 - $31.00
Easy access from road way in an open RV park that is gravel & paved roads. It is open in the sense it feels like a parking lot . I had no one next to me on any sides as it was off season so it was pretty empty. Nice people running it & laundry, baths, pool all nice. The only con was a piece of property adjacent to site (it had a wall between the Campground so no easy access) that looked abandoned & I saw some homeless people in the early morning hours milling around the back. Not a big deal as in any city, no threat was perceived in anyway from this. I would return if I am in this area again. - Robert9999
May 2012 - $0.00
We were on our way west and stopped for fuel at the Morongo Travel Center. We then decided to boondock in their parking lot. The lot is asphalt and relatively level and located at the far back of the casino/hotel. Park perpendicular to the marked parking spaces for an easier level. The experience was much nicer than our previous stays at the casinos in the Indio area, and about 15 degrees cooler for this time of the year. We would have no problem staying here again. The price reflected is actually zero, but of course you don't factor in what's spent at the casino. They also have casino shuttles that occasionally come through the parking lot, but it's not a long walk from the parking lot to the casino and restaurants. - James T
Jan 2012 - $0.00
This is a big parking lot behind the casino. I followed the signs to "RV Parking" and that isn't the overnight parking. The shuttle van drove up as we pulled in and cheerfully guided us to the correct lot. He told us we could stay as long as five nights. There is a dumpster available. There are train tracks in the area, but far enough away that the trains were barely noticeable. When you sign up for a player's card in the casino, each of you gets a card good for $10 in the casino restaurants. This is a very convenient stopover along I-10 just west of Palm Springs. - Denali