Sand to Snow National Monument

Snow capped mountains in the background and dry desert mountains in the foreground. (BLM Photo)

Encompassing 154,000 acres, including just over 100,000 acres of already congressionally-designated Wilderness, Sand to Snow National Monument is an ecological and cultural treasure and one of the most biodiverse areas in southern California, supporting more than 240 species of birds and twelve threatened and endangered wildlife species. 

Home to the region's tallest alpine mountain that rises from the floor of the Sonoran desert, the monument also will protect sacred, archaeological and cultural sites, including an estimated 1,700 Native American petroglyphs. 

Featuring thirty miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.


BLM-managed public lands are currently open for dispersed recreation. While there are no plans to restrict dispersed recreation activities in the area at this time, we strongly advise following the current recommendations of public health officials. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. To learn more about the do's and don'ts for dispersed camping please visit:

Quick Facts

Presidential Proclamation
White House Fact Sheet
Created:  February 12, 2016
Size:  154,000 acres of public land Bureau of Land Management acres: 83,000 U.S. Forest Service acres: 71,000

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Sand to Snow National Monument

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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 

Bureau of Land Management 
Barstow Field Office

2601 Barstow Rd
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-252-6000

United States Forest Service
San Bernardino National Forest
Forest Headquarters

602 S. Tippecanoe Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Phone: 909-382-2600
TDD/TTY: 800-735-2922

San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
Mill Creek Visitor Center

34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
Phone: 909-382-2882