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Santa Rosa And San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

51-500 Highway 74

Rising abruptly from the desert floor, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument reaches an elevation of 10,834 feet. Providing a picturesque backdrop to local communities, visitors can enjoy magnificent palm oases, snow-capped mountains, a national scenic trail, and wilderness areas. Its extensive backcountry can be accessed via trails from both the Coachella Valley and the alpine village of Idyllwild.

Jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service, the Monument's boundary encompasses about 280,000 acres, including public lands within the BLM's California Desert Conservation Area and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest. The Monument includes two Federal wilderness areas -- the Santa Rosa and the San Jacinto.

The Monument was established by an Act of Congress on October 24, 2000, "in order to preserve the nationally significant biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, and scientific values found in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains" (Public Law 106-351). Establishment of the Monument reflects the vision of local citizens and national leaders to ensure this special landscape is protected for all time.


Stew Murray

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Large piles of rocks pushed up by the tectonic activity of subducted plate motion. A geological norm everywhere. But pretty. There are mountain goats and Bighorn Sheep if you know where to look. Up close, the "rocks" are 50-ton boulders the size of a house. Canyons are steep and deep. Wildflowers are a delightful surprise clutching a thimbleful of soil in a crack in a boulder; bright and cheerful. Small lizards and coyotes all around- the coyote's sole mournful wail and lonely night yipping are exciting in the evening, for you will know you are definitely in Nature.

Kim Griffin

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Beautiful, peaceful area. We were looking for a place that represented the true essence of the desert and this was the perfect spot. Weather was great in the mid eighties. Vistas views were phenomenal.

Jim Mannoia

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Palm Oasis trail: Signage not so clear at the end of the first flat river bed (Bear Creek) segment. Nor any signs once the climb begins, though that's not a problem since the trail is obvious. Pretty steep grade with narrow rock footings, but nice views... Though not as good as the Boo Hoff because the grade here starts later. To walk all the way to the Oasis and back you should start latest late morning.

Suzanne Miladin

Friday, March 2, 2018
Excellent visitor center with knowledgeable staff. They have a short but informative plant nature trail around the building. The longer hike from the center looked good but we didn't have the time. We picked up a lot of good hiking ideas from here.

Shashank Kumar

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Trail starts behind target. Hike in a clockwise direction. Carry a big water bottle. Start early morning. Pretty scenic hike.

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