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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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Palms to Pines highway to San Jacinto, SantaRosa

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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67 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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