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Santa Rosa Mountains / San Jacinto National Monument

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Address: Palm Springs, CA
Phone Number: 760 862 9984
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Nice National Monument

Stopped off at the visitor's center to get a look around at these fabulous mountains, high desert vegetation, and grab some postcards. quick stop, worth ~ 30 min

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Richlandwa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Stopped off at the visitor's center to get a look around at these fabulous mountains, high desert vegetation, and grab some postcards. quick stop, worth ~ 30 min

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Starting outon Hwy 74 from Palm Desert, this route is a circle tour promoted as the Palms to Pines highway.Poorly labeled route. We missed the turn onto Hwy 243 to go north and connect with I-10 to return to Palm Springs. Bleak,rocky terrain at lower elevations but some great views of the valley from overlooks. As you climb the steep,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Nicely kept up, well maintained trails. The visitor center was closed 2/3 times we went there, so make your own plans & be prepared to find your trails, etc. There is a water fountain & restrooms. Trails were a lot of fun to hike.

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Lake Stevens, Washington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We toured the Monument during the time the weather in Palm Springs was slightly cooler. It was an enjoyable day taking in all the desert views; we especially we taken with the skull rock! The contrasts between flat desert and the mounds of gigantic piles of boulders was impressive. It was quite a distance to get to the interesting views... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Amazing view of canyon and the desert below. Trail exhibits on Cahuilla Indians. It is simple and a great place for meditation. Kids would probably be bored, this is for true nature lovers that don't need human bells and whistles.

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Dallas, Texas
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

There are two ways to access this national monument. One is by taking the Palms to Pines Highway which is fantastic! This road is best driven in daylight, as it is full of tedious switchbacks. Keep your eyes open for wildlife! You can access the higher elevations of this national monument by taking the Aerial Tramway, which I have already... More 

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Sharon, Massachusetts, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Zooming around the curves and switch backs of the Highway 74 Pines to Palms highway is always fun. The only problems are that even though you are doing the speed limits people want you to go faster and even pass you over double yellow lines. There are plenty of lay-by's but the notification of most of them is too short... More 

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stamford, ct
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251 reviews 251 reviews
79 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Starting in Palm Desert, Highway 74 has numerous switchbacks as it rises in elevation. The views of the Cochella Valley are amazing. The road goes from the arid desert to lush forest area passing towns with stables and other livestock - we saw some bison. Take the road to Idylwild- the town has lovely restaurants and shops and very large... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I highly recommend the free guided tours available at the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Take the tram up and you'll be amazed at the views of the desert below and the alpine meadows spread out in front of you. The guides are park staff and very knowledgeable.

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Niceville, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

From the desert below you'd never guess that there was cool weather and alpine scenery awaiting you up above. It was a gorgeous drive and much needed respite from the heat!

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