Mill Creek Visitor Center

The Front Country Ranger District provides a scenic mountain backdrop for San Bernardino and other inland empire communities. The steep chaparral-covered slopes descend into shaded canyons which support important riparian habitat. With large urban communities surrounding its borders, the Front Country District is a haven for city dwellers seeking a respite from the heat. Visitors flock to the cool canyons to relax in the streams, frequently exceeding the capacity of developed facilities. Mt. San Gorgonio, the highest peak in southern California, is located here.

Special Places

Forest Falls – Nestled in a Canyon at the base of “Big Falls” waterfall, the community of Forest Falls presents a picturesque setting. The cool water and towering pines make it a frequent destination for summertime visitors. Easily reached by city dwellers during the winter months, it is the most popular destination on the Forest for winter snow play.

Mt. San Gorgonio – At 11,502 feet, Mt. San Gorgonio is the highest peak in Southern California. It is located within the San Gorgonio Wilderness, one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the country. Also located within the Wilderness is San Bernardino Peak, the starting point for the San Bernardino Base Meridian, from which all of southern California was surveyed in he 19th century.

Sand to Snow National Monument - The 154,000-acre monument extends from Bureau of Land Management lands on the Sonoran desert floor up to over 10,000 feet in the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The striking diversity of lands within this monument is breathtaking – they are filled with the stories of ancient peoples, soaring mountain peaks, critical wildlife corridors and rich biological diversity. They also offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for urban populations living close to the shadows of these majestic mountain peaks – the San Gorgonio Mountain region serves as an important recreational hub for 24 million people living within a two-hour drive of the area.

The Sand to Snow National Monument will be co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service (71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest) and the Bureau of Land Management (83,000 acres of the California Desert District). Within the monument boundary, both agencies manage approximately 101,000 acres as Wilderness. Click more information on the monument.


Office Hours:

May be closed for lunch between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday/Wednesday closed

Thursday, Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Call ahead to inquire on the availability of Adventure and Interagency Passes, Wilderness Permits, and Forest Product Permits (909) 382-2882.  

The Mill Creek office will be closed December 24th for Christmas Eve, Friday December 25 for Christmas, and Friday January 1 for New Year's Day.

 

We are located on the corner of Bryant and Highway 38 in Mentone

Mailing and Street Address:
Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
Directions by Google Maps
(909) 382-2882 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)
 

The Mill Creek office provides the following services to the public:

Interested in helping out in the Wilderness?     

San Gorgonio Wilderness Association

Volunteers provide information and interpretation to visitors, develop publications, lead nature walks, present evening programs, construct displays, repair and build trails, patrol the San Gorgonio Wilderness, and operate the Barton Flats Visitor Center. Volunteers attend a day-long training workshop every year in May. SGWA sells maps and other publications and has published a book on the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Contact:
San Gorgonio Wilderness Association
c/o Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
909-382-2906

 

Photo: wildlife display at Mill Creek Ranger Station Photo: Forest Service Ranger assisting Forest visitor Photo: Young Forest visitor looking at topo map