Mount San Jacinto State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

The 14,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park is in Riverside County, California, just two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego. The park is part of the area set aside by William Henry Harrison in 1893 as the San Bernardino Forest Reserve. In 1928, the park was set aside and put under the control of the California State Park system, and it opened in 1937. As part of the San Jacinto mountain range, its tallest peak, the San Jacinto Peak, is 10,834 feet above sea level. The park consists of granite peaks, sub-alpine forests, high-country wilderness, and fern-bordered mountain meadows. It has two ranger stations located near Idyllwild and at the top of the tramway near Palm Springs. 

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Weather
Spring 33 to 73 F
Summer 49 to 87 F
Fall 35 to 82 F
Winter 31 to 57 F
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Nearby Cities
Riverside, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Idlewild, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mount San Jacinto State Park

Staying in a state park in an RV allows you to more fully explore and enjoy the park. RVs also allow you to experience parks more freely because you have your vehicle and sleeping quarters all in one unit. Renting an RV allows you to select the type of RV that is the best fit for your trip and your destination. Whether you are traveling in an RV to Mount San Jacinto State Park or renting an RV when you arrive, you can browse for an RV in Idyllwild, California, near Mount San Jacinto State Park on RVshare.com

Mount San Jacinto State Park Campground

Mount San Jacinto State Park allows RV camping within the park near the Idyllwild ranger station with a maximum length of 24 feet for trailers, campers, and motorhomes. The fee for time use of the campgrounds is $10. A campsite with electric hookup is $35 a night, and a full hookup is $45 a night. Additional vehicles are $10. The reservation fee is $7.99, and reservations can be made up to six months in advance. 

The Idyllwild campground is open year-round and has a total of 28 sites that includes tent, electric, full hookup, and ADA sites with a maximum of two vehicles and eight people each. The Stone Creek campground is open in the spring through the fall and has a total of 44 sites that include tent, electric, and ADA sites with a maximum of two vehicles and eight people. Both campgrounds offer picnic tables, fire rings or grills, water spigots, flush toilets, coin-operated showers, an amphitheater, and nature trails.

Reflection Lake RV Park & Family Campground

Reflection Lake is located in San Jacinto in Riverside County near Idyllwild and Palm Springs. The lake is fully stocked with catfish, so be sure to come prepared if you're an angler. Prizes are available for big catches. Reflection Lake RV Park & Family Campground also offers a basketball court, horseshoe pits, a playground, a swimming pool, and a communal picnic area. You can swim in the lake as well. Rates start at $50 a night.

• Number of RV Sites: 119

• Full Hookups: No

• 30/50 Amp: 30

• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in

• Pool/Hot tub: Pool

• Showers: Yes

• Pets Allowed: Yes, but breed restrictions apply

• Wi-Fi at overnight sites

Happy Traveler R.V. Park

Happy Traveler R. V. Park is just a 20-minute walk from downtown Palm Springs, but you can take the free shuttle into town between Thursday and Sunday. The campground is at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains, and you can find golf courses, museums, restaurants, and shopping all nearby. Daily RV rates start at $60, and if you want to stay at the park for a week, prices start at $340.

• Number of RV Sites: 130

• Full Hookups: Yes

• 30/50 Amp: Both

• Pool and Spa: Yes

• Showers: Yes

• Pets Allowed: Yes

• Cell Reception: Yes

• Other amenities: Wi-Fi, cable TV, clubhouse, free laundry

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What to Do at
Mount San Jacinto State Park

Inside Mount San Jacinto State Park

Mount San Jacinto State Park offers hiking, horseback riding, geocaching, and skiing for those who love the outdoors. You can take advantage of RV, tent, or primitive camping while enjoying picnicking, interpretive exhibits, and nature and wildlife programs. The park is also part of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada.

Outside Mount San Jacinto State Park

Besides visiting Los Angeles and San Diego, you can explore the two nearby cities of Idyllwild and Palm Springs. Idyllwild offers more of a rustic feel in its shops and restaurants. Palm Springs is more of an upscale dining and shopping destination.

Restaurants

Copley's on Palm Canyon

Copley's on Palm Canyon, located in Palm Springs, is an American-style restaurant to enjoy favorites like burgers and sandwiches.

Type: American

Location: Palm Springs, CA

The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge

The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, located in Palm Springs, is a seafood restaurant where you can enjoy upscale dishes.

Type: Seafood

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse is a Japanese-style steakhouse known for entertaining groups.

Type: Japenese

Location: Rancho Mirage, CA

Cafe Aroma

Cafe Aroma, located in Idyllwild, offers Italian Fusion cuisine and live music.

Type: Italian

Location: Idlewild, CA

Restaurant Gastronome

Restaurant Gastronome, located in Idyllwild, offers separate full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The food offerings are a mixture of American, Italian, Mexican, steaks, seafood, and salads with a separate wine menu in a rustic setting. With a choice of three dining areas via the main dining area, the cafe, or the deck, you are sure to find the food and the setting that suits your mood.

Type: American, Italian, Mexican, steaks, seafood and salads

Location: Idlewild, CA

Shopping

If you love vintage or desert clothing and decor, then you need to plan for a day of shopping in Palm Springs.

Mountain Pottery

Mountain Pottery is a ceramics studio and gallery shop. The staff members offer classes in pottery wheel sculpting, clay hand-building and glazing.

Location: Idlewild, CA

Sightseeing

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is dedicated to preserving, conserving, and interpreting the plant and animal life of the desert. The staff can help you identify wildlife that you'll see out in Mount San Jacinto State Park.

Location: Palm Desert, CA

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How to Get to
Mount San Jacinto State Park

From San Diego, drive on Interstate 15 North, 215 North, Hwy 74 East, and then Hwy 243 North. From Riverside, California, take Interstate 10 East to Hwy 243 South.

Entering Mount San Jacinto State Park

There is no fee for entering the park, which is open during daylight hours throughout the year. The hours of operation for the Idyllwild ranger station are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Besides the camping fees, there is a $5 per person fee for wilderness permits, and Deer Springs Trailhead parking is $5 per car.

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Mount San Jacinto State Park itself offers a lot to see and do. In addition, with the rustic town of Idyllwild and the upscale Palm Springs, you are sure to find activities that suit your mood. Remember to share your photos and memories of your trip to Mount San Jacinto State Park or any other trips by tagging RVshare on social media sites and sending your photos and memories to [email protected] You may even be featured on their blog.