Idyllwild is located in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs on the east and Temecula / Hemet on the west. Idyllwild is also centrally located between San Diego to the south and Los Angeles to the north.
NOTE: When using MapQuest, or GPS devices, Idyllwild is sometimes indicated with a star on South Circle Drive – The village is actually on North Circle Drive.
- From Los Angeles take either Hwy 60 to I-10 or start on I-10 east to Banning…
- From Long Beach / Orange County take the 91 to the 60 East to Banning…
In Banning exit at 8th Street (Highway 243 to Idyllwild); follow the signs to Hwy 243, which leads up the mountain; you’ll go through Pine Cove and then into Idyllwild.
From Palm Springs & Phoenix – take I-10 west and exit Hargrove (Idyllwild) in Banning and follow the Hwy 243 signs for Idyllwild.
From Palm Desert – take SR 74 (Palms to Pines Hwy) through Garner Valley into Mountain Center. In Mountain Center veer to the right onto Hwy 243 to Idyllwild. Continue onto Hwy 243 until you reach North Circle Drive (across from the Chevron Station) and turn right. You are now in the center of Idyllwild Village.
From San Diego 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 Idyllwild as described for Palm Desert above.