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
For many people and places around the National Conservation Lands, including here at the Conservation Lands Foundation, the restoration-stewardship season is getting underway. In a win-win for people and wilderness, a grant from Edison International to the Conservation Lands Foundation is going to protect habitat and cultural resources in the Mojave … read more
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
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