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Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

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.

51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA 92262

Place Type

Outdoor Parks

Website

fs.usda.gov

City/Region

Palm Desert

Upcoming Events

Palms to Pines, Part 1: Low Desert Living

The dramatic elevation changes in the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains give rise to five life zones, home to a diverse array of plants and animals. Lecture...

1/20 10:30am
Star Party at the Monument

The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. Hosted by...

1/20 5pm
Monday Morning Walk

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour,...

1/22 10am
Birding Walk

Walk on the paved Ed Hastey Garden Walk and Randall Henderson Wash Loop Trail with an experienced birder to discover the year round and migratory birds who...

1/25 7:30am
Thursday Morning Hike

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley and unique desert plants and...

1/25 9am

Recent Events

Birding Walk

1/8/2018

Recent Activity

Don Stidham

Don Stidham left a positive review 12/23/2017

This is a great activity. A wonderful experience for any age. We saw kids around age 10-14 really mesmerized when looking through telescopes powerful enough to clearly see craters on the moon. Highly recommended.

Joan Moyer

Joan Moyer left a positive review 12/22/2017

It was very exciting to see the moon through a telescope! Since it was a bit cloudy we weren't able to see stars. We are planning to go again and bring our out of town guests to the next star event.

Lorraine Hamilton

Lorraine Hamilton left a positive review 1/15/2017

Enjoyed it very much. I found it very informative- Kerry was great!

Event Publisher

Event Publisher posted a photo 12/5/2016