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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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Hiking in the Desert

We stopped and were invited to hike the Randall Henderson Trail. We met up with a fellow hiker that knew many of the plants along the trail. The paths were well kept and easy to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Toni H
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Sarasota, Florida

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Sarasota, Florida
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped and were invited to hike the Randall Henderson Trail. We met up with a fellow hiker that knew many of the plants along the trail. The paths were well kept and easy to hike. Enjoyed our sunny trek.

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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the (somewhat long) video about the National Monument. Urge all to see it, to put it in perspective with, for example, Joshua Tree National Park. The Visitor center is an oasis of calm, with easy nature walks of practically any distance you choose. Lots of birds, including hummingbirds, and flowering plants, even in January. Thought we'd breeze through... More 

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't beat the views on a clear blue sky day. Didn't have time to hike on this trip but it seemed to have many great options. Winding road is steep, take your time and enjoy.

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Greenville, SC
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119 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Monument Visitors Center on Hwy 74 is definitely worth a stop, especially if you're new to the area. The volunteer and Rangers were quite helpful and suggested some hikes and gave us maps and reading material. We didn't watch the movie and there didn't seem to be much to see indoors, but we preferred to get outside anyway.... More 

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Alpine, California
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109 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Great walks. Lots to see. Bring a camera. The colors are great in spring. If you are in Palm Springs you can be there in minutes. As you drive around the Terran changes. Same withy the time of the year.

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is a great way for visitors to experience the unadorned, yet very interesting desert of the Coachella Valley. The Henderson Trail is very manageable, and after a guided tour with one of the volunteer hike leaders, one comes away with all kinds of good information about desert flora and fauna. Check the schedule for guided hike days and times.

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portland, or
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Fascinating hike with multiple knowledgeable volunteers. Relaxed pace. This hike involved some aspects that require a little bit of physical agility. About 2:45 of excellent learning with great opportunity to ask questions of the docents. Donations if you want--and who wouldn't?

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We did a short hike in the scenic Santa Rosa Mountain area. There is both mountain and desert scenery.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

We decided to join a guided tour on a beautiful and cool Saturday morning. Met the volunteers in the parking lot and registered. The group was split into two. Actually you got to choose which hike and we decided on the Dead Indian Canyon trail. Both were 3 mile hikes. Our hike took 2 1/2 hours, however this included many... More 

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Ontario
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We enjoyed an excellent tour with the trail volunteers at Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument. For most of the year, a couple of days per week, the volunteers will lead a group of hikers into the valleys (and up a few of the hills) at this National Monument. We had 3 tour guides with our small group -... More 

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