Mount San Jacinto State Park

EFFECTIVE (Oct. 8, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. The wilderness campgrounds are closed to overnight camping and fires/charcoal are still prohibited. The wilderness is open day hikes only. The Tramway is now open.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Mount San Jacinto State Park:

What is open now?
  • Mount San Jacinto Sector Office (Idyllwild) is open to obtain day-use hiking permits, access the restroom facilities, and walk on the nature trail. Sector office hours are 8 am – 4 pm and Friday - Saturday office hours are 8 am – 8 pm. We ask that all visitors please wear a face covering when entering our offices to keep our staff safe and healthy.
  • Idyllwild and Stone Creek campgrounds are now open. For more information about camping, visit To make a reservation, visit or call 800-444-7275. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of arrival date.   
  • Day-use hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.
  • The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is now open with limited capacity for days and hours, Visit their webpage for details.

What is currently closed?
  • The Wilderness Campgrounds is closed to overnight camping.
  • Fires/charcoal are still prohibited
  • Visitor center and tours.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit

Phone Number

(951) 659-2607

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Idyllwild Ranger Station / Headquarters Office

Sunday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday-Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Long Valley Ranger Station

Friday-Monday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in the Idyllwild and Stone Creek Campground. Dogs not allowed in the wilderness or on the Palm Springs Tram, with exception of service animals.

Driving Directions to Mount San Jacinto SP

From Riverside, take Interstate 10 East to Hwy 243 South to the park. From San Diego, take Interstate 15 North to 215 North, exit Hwy 74 east to Hwy 243 north to the park.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available

In conjuction with the San Bernardino National Forest, the wilderness trails are OPEN FOR DAY-USE ONLY. Wilderness camping is NOT PERMITTED at this time.
Fire Restrictions in Effect: 
No fires allowed. Only propane or gas stoves may be used in developed campgrounds.

Park Locations

Idyllwild Ranger Station / Park Headquarters:
25905 Highway 243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Long Valley Ranger Station (via Palm Springs Aerial Tramway):
1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Wilderness Permit Information

Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is located at a high altitude where the growing season is short. Plant life has little opportunity to recover from overuse from one season to the next, and unless we take the steps to protect these areas, they could be lost to us forever. To ensure the preservation of the natural environment and assure the visitor of a quality visitor experience, the Department of Parks and Recreation has instituted a Wilderness Permit System.
Everyone entering the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness, both for the day and overnight camping, must have a permit in their possession. Groups are limited to 15 people, and juvenile groups must have at least one adult leader for each 14 juveniles. Dogs are not permitted in wilderness areas of the State Park System.
Day Use Wilderness Permits are free and available 24 hours at:
  • Idyllwild Ranger Station (Park Headquarters) in Idyllwild
  • Long Valley Ranger Station on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway side
Wilderness Camping Permits are $5.00 per person and are available at:
  • Idyllwild Ranger Station (Park Headquarters) in Idyllwild
  • Long Valley Ranger Station on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway side
  • Online application (must be printed and mailed): Wilderness Camping Permit
The San Bernardino National Forest has a similar permit system in effect for its federal wilderness area known as the San Jacinto Wilderness. Both the State Park and National Forest honor each other's DAY USE PERMITS; however, each agency has its own camping permit system that you must apply for separately. San Bernardino National Forest permits are issued at the San Jacinto Ranger District Office: 
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(909) 382-2921

View from Wellman Cienega

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