San Jacinto Ranger District

San Jacinto Ranger Station sign in Idyllwild

The San Jacinto Ranger District is located in Riverside County and encompasses the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. The area includes steep to very steep canyons and elevations ranging from 2,000 feet to 10,831 feet at the top of Mt. San Jacinto. The landscape is dramatic and picturesque, providing a scenic backdrop for Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley desert communities. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is located along the east side of the area. Idyllwild is the gateway to the San Jacinto Wilderness.

A variety of recreation opportunities are found here, including hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, equestrian use, and rock climbing. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses the length of the District. State Route 243 entering the forest from the north at Banning runs southeast to the Coachella Valley as the “Palm to Pines Scenic Byway."

Visitor Center

We are located on the corner of Pine Crest and Highway 243 in Idyllwild. Call ahead to inquire on the availability of Adventure Passes, Interagency Passes, Wilderness Permits, and Forest Product Permits (909) 382-2921.

**Closures: Portions of the San Jacinto Ranger District are closed due to seasonal mountain yellow-legged frog habitat. For the latest forest closure information, visit our Forest Order page.**

Open Friday - Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mailing and Street Address:

San Jacinto Ranger District

54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Phone (909) 382-2921

TTY (800)735-2922

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The San Jacinto office provides the following services to the public:



Interested in lending a hand? Contact the Forest Service Volunteer Association at 909-382-2921.

Photo: New Idyllwild Forest Service Visitor Center Photo: Forest Ranger Pat Boss assisting Forest Visitors
Photo: Books and other materials for sale in the Visitors Center Photo: Native Species of the San Jacinto Display