Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
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Due to snow and ice conditions on the higher portions of Santa Rosa Road, the road is closed to vehicle traffic at Highway 74.  Hiking and cycling are still allowed.

Santa Rosa Mountain has 14 remote camping sites scattered across the high ridge offering isolated scenic campsites ideal for tent and car camping or a relaxing picnic far from the crowds. A fire ring and a picnic table is available at each site, however these sites do NOT contain many amenities found at developed campgrounds. Water is available only at Santa Rosa Spring Yellow Post Site 3 & 4, the only restroom is located near Yellow Post Sites 10 - 14. Trash containers are not provided, please pack it in - pack it out! All sites are first-come, first-served.

Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, charcoal BBQ's, or propane or liquid fuel stoves. Campfires may not be allowed during high fire danger, generally July through December. Please see "Current Conditions" below.

These Yellow Post Sites are reached via Forest Road 7S02 (Santa Rosa Truck Trail). 7S02 is an unpaved road which may not be suitable for all vehicles. Please also view the Santa Rosa Truck Trail page, or call the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center at 760-862-9984 (Closed Tues/Wed), or the Idyllwild Ranger Station for more information on road conditions and fire restrictions (909) 382-2921

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: Santa Rosa road 7S02 is closed. Road is in rough condition, four wheel drive and high clearance recommended when road is open.  
Reservations: These 14 campsites sites are First Come - First Served, and may fill up on summer weekends.
Best Season: Summer Months
  • 8 persons maximum. 2 vehicles maximum.
  • Avoid parking on grasses and vegetation at all times.
  • Yellow post campsites have a 14 day camping limit.
Pack It In/Pack It OutPack out what you pack in and Leave No Trace!
Closest Towns: Mountain Center, Palm Desert
Water: Potable water is available at Yellow Post Site 3 & 4 (Santa Rosa Spring)
Restroom: Restrooms are available at Yellow Post Sites 10 - 14
Information Center:
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
51500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
San Jacinto Ranger District
54270 Pine Crest
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549

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