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.

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    For Veterans in California, Restoring Public Lands Offers a New Career Path

    By Ryan Sharrow I grew up in the California Desert, spending my childhood in Hesperia and high school years in Needles.  When I joined the Army I spent time in some very different landscapes – Georgia, and Alaska for mountaineering school.  That is where I began to love the outdoors. … read more

  • 07.6.17

    Hands-on at Sand to Snow National Monument

    A team of young military veterans who are part of the California Conservation Corps recently completed a three-week restoration project in Sand to Snow National Monument in San Bernardino County, California. This 154,000-­acre National Monument—one of the nation’s most recently designated and newest additions to the National Conservation Lands—is an … read more

  • 04.26.17

    Conservation Lands Foundation’s Statement on So-Called Review of National Monuments

    Durango, Colo. (April 26, 2017) – In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on the review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act, the Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement from John Wallin, Acting Executive Director: “This “review” of national monuments is a waste of time and money.  … read more

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