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.