Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Entrance sign to Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains Monument Visitor CenterWelcome to the San Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains Visitor Center!  

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.

The Monument was created on October 24, 2000 and is a cooperative effort of the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and 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 the Monument hiking trails and vistas.  The Friends of the Desert Mountains volunteers operate a giftshop and bookstore at the National Monument Visitor Center and also offer group hikes, lectures, and host classroom programs and projects.

See their Events Calendar for upcoming activities.

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

Mailing and Street Address:

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitors Center
51500 Highway 74
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 862-9984
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)
Directions by Google Maps

Hours: Summer hours (May 1st- Sept 30th) - Open Friday - Monday from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm.  Closed from 12:00 until 12:30.  Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

Winter hours  (Oct  1st - April 30th) -  Open Wednesday- Monday  9:00 am until 4:00 pm.   

Wish to lend a hand? 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 Warrier (removing non-native plants), and Youth and Senior Outreach programs.

Friends 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, we 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.
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