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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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Get your Desert On

We were on a mission to see many California landscapes over spring break. We went to Pinnacles (must see); Channel Islands (must see) and decided to visit the desert. So... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2016
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were on a mission to see many California landscapes over spring break. We went to Pinnacles (must see); Channel Islands (must see) and decided to visit the desert. So, through LA traffic we drove. It was so worth the drive. The visitor center staff was pleasant and knowledgable regarding the flora and fauna. The park includes beautiful hills/mountains. The... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

we tried the randall henderson trail this year and can highly recommend it. it's about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour walk on a moderately difficult trail. lots of flowers, a tortoise or two, bees and big horn sheep are the attractions. the trail has three loops and i would take them all including the climb up to the top.which... More 

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Bergamo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

I recommend these mountains in spring time to enjoy the flowers and the thousand different hik trail.!

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Rockwall, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

You start out driving in the desert and quickly end up driving on curvy, steep roads. Road signs warn you to turn off your car's air conditioning as you drive the first 11 miles up the steep incline, so roll your windows down and enjoy! The scenery changes around every curve and the rock formations and vegetation keep you guessing... More 

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Willamette Valley, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

The visitor center and its walking paths were not only interesting but tidy. I was able to join a group led by a "desert expert", who though not employed by the park, was nonetheless fascinating. The center's video answered a lot of questions I had about the geology, flora, fauna and cultural aspects of the national monument. I did not... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

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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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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