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Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-7335
+1 760-862-9984
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51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-7335
+1 760-862-9984
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Driving up a mountain with all the twists and turns, makes me extremely nervous! The first time I took Highway 74 up to Vista Point, I didn't know about all the turns, bicycle riders, etc so it was an interesting experience. The view is very...More

Thank Kims2529
Reviewed 21 May 2017

This is located at about 1000 feet elevation, so it lies about 800 feet above the surrounding valley. The drive up is very easy - but a few hundred yards further the route goes UP and UP. It has nice outdoor seating with plenty of...More

Thank Larry N
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The drive to the visitor center from Palm Desert is short but beautiful. The ranger was very helpful and gave us info about the drive to the top of the mountain and a color brochure for the nature walk behind the building. Lot of nice...More

Thank lovelyric08
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We did a beautiful hike up to San Jacinto. Do not underestimate the cold weather up top and lots of snow this year. Enjoyed a well deserved martini back at the restaurant at the aerial tram. 11 mile return hike

Thank Aichen
Reviewed 10 April 2017

There is a wealth of great hiking available here, from a quick half hour loop just outside the victors center, to day long hikes up the Art Smith trail up to the oasis's and beyond.

Thank Dave A
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Amazing view of the mountains driving up the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains on Hwy #74. Scenic lookouts at the top of the mountains.

Thank Jan154982
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We recently enjoyed a great visit here.The center sits at the top of the hill just as you're leaving the residential area and beginning to travel Hwy 74. From that height (1000 ft) the vista of the valley below are amazing! The museum/visitor center is...More

Thank boloca
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Had a lovely hike here recently. Easy loop. Nice little shop with some gems for gifts and VERY helpful woman at desk.

Thank Sager
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is a short moderate hike very close to the city. It is 2 1/2 miles loop with about 500 feet elevation gain. The flowers this year are the best I've seen anywhere. Such a variety of flowers that have been coming into bloom at...More

Thank Peggy G
Reviewed 24 March 2017

After a warm and wet Season this, in late March, was the most spectacular dessert HIke my wife and I have ever done. The whole trail was lush with floers of every hue, including flowers on the cacti. Not too long a hike, with little...More

Thank Wardieeee
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9 February 2015|
Response from Judy N | Reviewed this property |
I don't ski so have no idea. when there it was first week of December and didn't go to the Peak. You probably need check to internet for that answer.