Diamond Valley Lake
About 4 miles southwest of Golden Village Palms RV Resort, Diamond Valley Lake is Southern California’s largest man-made reservoir — it spans a massive 4500 acres.
Offers some of best fishing in Southern California, anglers can expect to catch largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, bluegill, crappie, rainbow trout, red-ear sunfish, blue and channel catfish, and shad.
The fun doesn’t stop at fishing: There are plenty of opportunities for light boating, hiking, horseback riding and simply taking in the incredible views. To maintain the quality of the lake, no body contact with the water is permitted and dogs are not allowed within the lake area. DVL does include a marina with boat launch, boat rentals are also available. For those who do want to swim, Diamond Valley Lake is also home to an aquatic center with swimming pool and sandy beach entry, plus a children’s play area complete with waterfalls, waterspouts, and a water slide.
Hiking and Riding
There are two popular trails that circle Diamond Valley Lake. Hikers and non-motorized bicycles are permitted on the 22-mile Lake View Trail (get ready for incredible views). We recommend hitting the trails around springtime with the wild flowers are in full bloom. Ride horseback on the 6-mile North Hills Trail that offers riders spectacular views of the San Jacinto Valley.
When excavating the DVL area, bones and skeletons from the late Pleistocene era were uncovered. Mastadona, mammoth, camel, sloths, long-haired bison and dire wolfs skeletons were all found. This collection — dating as far back as 230,000 years — is said to rival the famous La Brea Tar Pits from Los Angeles. Visitors can see many of these finds at on exhibit at the Western Science Center located at the entrance to the lake.
Escape the hustle and bustle for a scenic mountain town that offers something for everyone.
The name says it all. Idyllwild is an idyllic town nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains just 35 miles away from the resort. Despite its charm and legendary scenery, Idyllwild has remained a small, quiet town, making it an ideal escape from traffic and overcrowded cities. Spend a long day or the entire weekend in Idyllwild to enjoy the crisp mountain air and fascinating local attractions.
During the summer, take a hike on one of the 50 trails within the national park. In town, rent a bicycle and cruise through town on flat ground or head to the rocky terrain for a more challenging course. With popular rocks, Idyllwild is known for its rock climbing. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, everyone can experience the thrill of the climb. In the winter, hit the local slopes for a day of snowboarding, ice-skating, skiing, or just building a snowman with the kids.
If you prefer to stay in town, discover many different locally made treasures as you peruse the many quaint boutiques and shops that offer a variety of gifts and art. And before you leave, don’t forget to stop at one of the many fine restaurants that offer unique, local cuisine and artisanal dishes.