About the Sand To Snow National Monument

One of California’s–and perhaps the nation’s–most diverse landscapes, the 133,524 acre Sand to Snow National Monument rises from the Sonoran Desert floor up to southern California’s tallest alpine peak, 11,503 foot Mount San Gorgonio. It includes alpine peaks, conifer forests, pinyon forests, Joshua tree woodlands, mountain rivers and desert wetlands, coastal chaparral, and both Mojave and Sonoran Desert landscapes.

The Monument protects an evolutionary hotspot and area of tremendous biological diversity. It also protects two of the most critical wildlife movement corridors in southern California that link Joshua Tree National Park and Mount San Gorgonio and will help plant and wildlife populations adapt to climate change.

Recreational opportunities in the new National Monument include hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing and bird watching. At higher elevations, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking along a portion of the Pacific Crest trail.

From the blog

  • 02.6.17

    Press Release: Cook Bill Shows Bipartisan Cooperation, Commitment to Protecting California Desert

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 6, 2017) – The Conservation Lands Foundation and California Wilderness Coalition commended Representative Paul Cook (R-CA-8, Apple Valley) for his introduction of the California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act of 2017. The bill is the House companion to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) California Desert Conservation and … read more

  • 12.5.16

    Edison International is CLF’s Corporate Partner of the Year

    The staff and board members of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) are pleased to announce Edison International as our 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year. Douglas Bauder, Vice President, Operational Services, Chief Procurement Officer, accepted the award at a special dinner November 16 in Palm Springs, California. The award, given for the first time this … read more

  • 07.22.16

    Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

    2016 marks the third annual Latino Conservation Week, an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) to harness the Latino community’s passion for the outdoors and spotlight its role in conservation.  It started with just 17 partners and 17 events.  Now, there are over 100 partners and events that are engaging Latino … read more

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