Mount San Jacinto State Park

Update (Feb. 22, 2021): With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. At this time, Mount San Jacinto State Park Stone Creek Campgrounds is not open to camping due to heavy snowfall over the weekend.  Unfortunately, Stone Creek Campground will remain closed until all of the snow melts within the campground. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for Mount San Jacinto State Park.

What is open now?
  • Mount San Jacinto Sector Office, located at 25905 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA 92549. 
  • Day-use hiking within the Mount San Jacinto State Park Wilderness - permits must be obtained and are available for free on the front porch of the Mount San Jacinto Sector office located at 25905 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA 92549. 
  • Idyllwild Campgrounds, all wilderness campgrounds, and group picnic.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will reopen Feb. 18, 2021 with COVID – 19 guidelines in place - please call 888-515-8726 or check their website for current information.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System? 
At this park: 
  • Stone Creek Campgrounds are not open to camping due to heavy snowfall. The campground will remain closed until all of the snow melts within the campground.

Statewide:  
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.  
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.  
  • Special events will be allowed on a limited basis with permit.  For more information call 951-659-2607. 

Are there any new visitor guidelines? 
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors: 

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time.  
  • Plan Ahead:
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.  
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.  
  • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day.  
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators. 
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading. 
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities. 
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times. 

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.  

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials 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. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(951) 659-2607

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Park Headquarters (Idyllwild)

Everyday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Long Valley Ranger Station

Thursday-Monday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
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.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Park Locations

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:
  • 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:
  • 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 located at 54270 Pine Crest, Idyllwild, CA 92549, (909) 382-2921.

Winter Conditions

Winters are highly variable in Mount San Jacinto State Park. Wet winters can dump several feet of snow, while dry winters may only result in a few inches here and there. Regardless, always be prepared for snowy/icy conditions. Traction devices like microspikes or crampons are highly recommended if you plan to hike into the wilderness. For up-to-date trail conditions, call the Long Valley Ranger Station at (760) 327-0222.

Winter Day in Long Valley

 

OuterSpatial Sample ImageThis fall, California State Parks is piloting a new iOS mobile app in 8 parks around the state. If you visit Mount San Jacinto State Park, download OuterSpatial and try it out! This new app gives you information about amazing destinations - including special events, maps, photos, and official trail guides - right at your fingertips.

For more information on the pilot program and to download the app directly from the Apple store, visit OuterSpatial (http://bit.ly/SanJacintoCSPapp). Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: #CAStateParks and #InventYourAdventure #CAStateParksOuterSpatial