About the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of the Desert Mountains

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument encompasses about 272,000 acres and reaches an elevation of 10,834 feet at the summit of Mount San Jacinto. Providing a picturesque backdrop to local communities, the National Monument significantly contributes to the Coachella Valley’s lure as a popular resort and retirement community. It is also a desirable backcountry destination that can be accessed via trails from both the valley floor and the alpine village of Idyllwild. The National Monument includes two Wilderness Areas: the Santa Rosa Wilderness which contains 61,600 acres of BLM and Forest Service lands, and 19,470 acres of the Forest Service’s San Jacinto Wilderness.

From the blog

  • 02.19.14

    Veterans and Volunteers Join Forces for Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

    Sledge hammers, shovels, crow bars and pure muscle were the tools used by 21 community volunteers and 13 members of a Veterans Conservation Corps—as they worked side-by-side today on a trail restoration project in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, just outside Palm Springs, CA. As we … read more

  • 02.11.14

    Grant from Edison International Puts Boots on the Ground

    We are pleased to announce that this week an all-veterans conservation crew began a four-week project to improve hiking trails in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument near Palm Springs, CA—thanks to a $35,000 grant from Edison International to the Conservation Lands Foundation for the effort. The … read more

  • 10.13.11

    Stewardship Project: an important component of the Friends Rendezvous

    Back-to-back workshops, productive conversations and air-conditioned conference rooms are all good. But by the last day of the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA, people were more than happy to take those conversations outside and move some muscle. The occasion was a stewardship project, organized by local hosts Friends … read more