Palms to Pines Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This 67-mile route will take you from Palm Desert past snow-peaked mountains to Banning Pass. Palms to Pines Scenic Byway offers a full variety of ecosystems in the Lower Sonoran region. From clusters of desert palms to high country conifer forests and snow-capped mountains, experience a contrast of ecosystems within a short distance. Admire fantastic views of the urbanized valley floor below, craggy mountains, and the San Gorgonio Wilderness area to the north on the Banning Pass section of the byway. Start on Hwy 74 south of Palm Desert, or at the other end Hwy 243 south of Banning.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument website

For more information: Trails and Trailhead Locations at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed between Hwy 74 @ Hwy 374 to Hwy 243 in Idyllwild due to ongoing fire operation on the Cranston Fire. Visit for more information. Exercise caution entering and exiting the highway. Slower traffic please use designated turn-outs.
Usage: Medium-Heavy

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