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Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

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Address: 51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Excellent introduction to Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains

We visited before but had no time to walk all of the trail. The visitor centre is informative and there are clean toilets there. The hikes are well signposted (which I love... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Heerhugowaard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited before but had no time to walk all of the trail. The visitor centre is informative and there are clean toilets there. The hikes are well signposted (which I love, because we often get lost). On a sunny day you would do well to take a bottle of water and a sunhat as there is no shade here.... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stop and take in the wonderful surroundings. The landscape is beautiful. Between the flowers, desert and mountain range, the view is stunning.

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We had a brief afternoon visit there in our travels around Palm Springs. Enjoyed a short hike on the well-marked attractive nature trails in this desert park. The visitor center was clean with interesting exhibits and well-staffed. Would have like to send more time there.

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Mountain Center, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Get maps and information about this beautiful area - 4 hiking trails, 2 are only open from Oct - Dec as they are bighorn sheep habitats. Wonderful 45 minute film on the monument.

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Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Go here. Grab great photos, maps and walk through the outdoor gardens. Very clean public restroom fun activities and lots of little freebies for the kids.

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laconia, nh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Wife and I go out of our way to visit anything "National", or managed by the NPS. We read about this National Monument while staying in Palm Springs and made the trek. What a terrific Monument, very upscale, beautiful, incredibly well-marked and informative, and loaded with dedicated volunteers. We talked with two volunteers extensively, enjoyed the Visitor Center displays, learned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Wonder place great views. Lots of activities. Wild flower season is fun. The also offer star gazing. Be sure and check weather and dress appropriately

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We found this place to be a good one for all the info we wanted about local flora and fauna and recreation possibilities.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Whether you approach from the east our the west, and whether you're hiking or driving, the views, wildlife, flora and fauna will never disappoint you. Every day is different, every time of day casts different colors and shadows, and every season brings different icing on the cake. Hwy 74 is a favorite approach, as is the I-10/111.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I have hiked in these mountains for many years. The trails can be challenging but the views and scenery are worth the effort. The easy was is to take the Palm Springs Tram.

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