Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Statue of a bighorn sheep

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains rise abruptly from the desert floor, reaching 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.

Visitor Center


  • Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Closed Monday through Thursday) from 8:30 until 4:00.  Hours subject to change. 

Mailing and Street Address

We are located on Highway 74, south of State Highway 111 in Palm Desert.

Santa Rosa / San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

51500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Friends of the Desert Mountains


riends of the Desert Mountains LogoFriends of the Desert Mountains is the nonprofit support arm for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument — the mountainsides that provide such spectacular scenery, wildlife, and recreation for our growing Coachella Valley communities. Since 2000, they have raised funds to remodel the visitor center, coordinated the Environmental Health Education program with schools in the Monument, organized volunteers to greet and educate Monument visitors, and much more. Their volunteers operate a gift shop and bookstore at the National Monument Visitor Center and also offer group hikes, lectures, and host classroom programs and projects.


See the Events Calendar from the Friends of the Desert Mountains for upcoming activities.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of the Desert Mountains provide a number of ways in which you can get involved. This includes citizen science, guiding interpretive hikes, trails stewardship, providing visitor services in the visitor center, being a weed warrior (removing non-native plants), and youth and senior outreach programs.

About the Monument

The Monument was created on October 24, 2000 and is a cooperative effort of the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, state agencies and local governments. The visitor center has exhibits on desert wildlife and cultural history, provides information on monument hiking trails and vistas.

Photos from Around the Monument

wildflower on the monumentCactus on the MonumentWildflowers bloom among the rocks on the MonumentThe Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center blends well with the surroundings