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Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center will be closed between April 7th and May 8th to facilitate the expansion and re-surfacing of our parking lot.
 
As a result Diane McClary’s Plein Air Painting Workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 10th has been cancelled.  Please contact Diane at (760) 771-6666 or mcclarydi@aol.com for information on other opportunities to study with her.
 
Our Thursday and Saturday morning hikes are still scheduled; however, they will originate at the Art Smith Trail parking lot, just south of our driveway on the west side of Highway 74.  Since access to the Randall Henderson Trail will be hampered by construction activity, hikes will only be led on the Art Smith Trail (strenuous) during this time period.
 
The Cactus Spring Trail to Horse Thief Canyon Hike on Saturday April 12, and the Earth Day Bird-A-Thon Century Run Bus Tour on Friday, April 25 will take place as planned.  Check the Calendar for meeting locations and times.

Messages left on the Visitor Center’s phone number (760-862-9984) will be checked daily and returned promptly, as will email to jacolgero@fs.fed.us, so please contact us with any questions. For a more immediate response, or to reserve a seat for the April 25th Birding Bus Tour, please call Friends of the Desert Mountains at (760) 568-9918.  The Friends offices are open Monday through Friday 8:30 – 4:30.   

We’ll be back on Thursday, May 8th with our new spacious (and crack-free) parking lot. Come on over and check it out!   


 


Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Santa Rosa and 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 at the summit of Mount San Jacinto.  Providing a picturesque backdrop to local communities, the National Monument significantly contributes to the Coachella Valley's lure as a popular resort and retirement community.  It is also a desirable backcountry destination that can be accessed via trails from both the valley floor and the alpine village of Idyllwild.

The National Monument’s boundary encompasses about 272,000 acres, including 65,000 acres within the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, and 89,500 acres within the Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert Conservation Area.  The National Monument includes two federal Wilderness Areas:  the Santa Rosa Wilderness which contains 61,600 acres of BLM and Forest Service lands, and 19,470 acres of the Forest Service’s San Jacinto Wilderness.  Its boundary also surrounds lands owned and administered by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Fish and Game, other agencies of the State of California, and private landowners.  An advisory committee comprised of individuals representing various jurisdictions and interests makes recommendations that help guide management of the National Monument.  

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National 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 and to secure now and for future generations the opportunity to experience and enjoy the magnificent vistas, wildlife, land forms, and natural and cultural resources in these mountains and to recreate therein" (Public Law 106-351).  Establishment of the National Monument reflects the vision of local citizens and national leaders to ensure this special landscape is protected for all time.


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Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains 
National Monument Visitor Center

51-500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, California 92260
Phone:  (760) 862-9984
Open 7 days a week 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Oct - May
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Jun - Sep
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Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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