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Santa Rosa Mountains / San Jacinto National Monument

Palm Springs, CA
760 862 9984
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Ranked #22 of 64 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Mountains
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Dallas, Texas
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177 reviews 177 reviews
106 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
57 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Los Angeles, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
60 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

There are many beautiful vistas here and there is a lot to do. Make sure you come here in the fall or spring. It is very hot in the summer and if you like heat then come prepared. But don't miss this incredibly beautiful, serene and untouched part of California.

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Monmouth, Oregon, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a terrific stop to really get a feel for the desert environment! They have a really niv=ce video that is very informative and the views are breath-taking!

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Palm Springs, California, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This monument recently established by the US government surrounds my house. I am constantly amazed at the natural beauty and the wide variation of flora and fauna. It is readily accessible from many locations in the Coachella Valley and has a wide variety of activities ranging in difficulty from easy to extreme. A trip to the desert should include a... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The visitor center is wonderful in explaining the desert, the Palm Springs history and impact. Inside exhibits and outside nature trails introduce you to what you'll see on the many trails. Full range of trails from short easy, to challenging.

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Kelowna
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189 reviews 189 reviews
60 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Love the area for their hiking trails and the desert vegetation.This is a wonderful opportunity to hike a wide variety of trails and take in the quiet and some breathtaking views. Wear sturdy shoes,and always carry sun protection and enough water.

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