Apr
27
7:45 am07:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
29
7:45 am07:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

May
20
7:45 pm19:45

Monument Night Adventure

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Discover the desert after dark! We will take a short walk along the Randall Henderson Trail, looking for the nocturnal creatures that inhabit our desert. The Astronomical Society of the Desert will have telescopes set up at the Visitor Center to observe stars, planets, and other features of the night sky! This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

Oct
28
6:45 pm18:45

Monument Night Adventure

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Discover the desert after dark! We will take a short walk along the Randall Henderson Trail, looking for the nocturnal creatures that inhabit our desert. The Astronomical Society of the Desert will have telescopes set up at the Visitor Center to observe stars, planets, and other features of the night sky! This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes..

 Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

 

Nov
25
5:45 pm17:45

Monument Night Adventure

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Discover the desert after dark! We will take a short walk along the Randall Henderson Trail, looking for the nocturnal creatures that inhabit our desert. The Astronomical Society of the Desert will have telescopes set up at the Visitor Center to observe stars, planets, and other features of the night sky! This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes.

 

Dec
23
4:45 pm16:45

Monument Night Adventure

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Discover the desert after dark! We will take a short walk along the Randall Henderson Trail, looking for the nocturnal creatures that inhabit our desert. The Astronomical Society of the Desert will have telescopes set up at the Visitor Center to observe stars, planets, and other features of the night sky! This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984


Apr
24
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

Apr
22
7:45 am07:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
21
6:45 am06:45

Earth Day Bird-a-thon Bus Tour

  • McDonald's Parking Lot

Whether you are a beginner or a serious birder, enjoy spectacular desert and mountain scenery on a guided bus tour to well-known birding and nature hotspots in and around the Coachella Valley. Water and snacks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at one of our stops along the way. Before the day is over, we hope to identify 100 different bird species, have lots of fun, and raise money for conservation.

Led by Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert.

Fee: $50 per person.

RSVP: 760-862-9984, required by Wednesday, April 19. Meet at 6:45AM for an on-time 7:00AM departure.

 

Apr
20
7:45 am07:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
17
9:45 am09:45

Life Zones Hiking

  • Idyllwild Elementary School

Hike in the Boreal Life Zone to see the plants as discussed at the lecture. You were not required to have attended the class on 4/15/17. Optional lunch in the town of Idyllwild.

Presented by:  Sharen Metz

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

Apr
17
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

Apr
15
1:00 pm13:00

Life Zones of the Monument, Part 3

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Lecture and review of our 5 Life Zones in the local mountains with emphasis on zones 4 and 5- Boreal and Alpine Life Zones. An associated hike takes place on Monday.

Presented by:  Sharen Metz

Seating is limited.

 Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984 to reserve a spot

Apr
15
7:45 am07:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
13
7:45 am07:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
11
6:45 pm18:45

La Quinta Cove Full Moon Hike

  • La Quinta Cove Parking Lot

Experience a hike by moonlight! See the beauty of the shadows and wash of moonlight over our mountains. We will be looking for all types of night creatures along the trail. Bring 2 liters of water, a headlamp or flashlight, blacklights (if you have one), and wear closed-toed shoes. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the trail.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

Apr
10
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

 

Apr
10
7:15 am07:15

Birding Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Walk on the Ed Hastey and Randall Henderson Trails with an experienced birder to discover the year-round and migratory birds who call the Coachella Valley Desert their home. Bring your binoculars, water, hat, sunscreen and camera.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984.

Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

Monument Young Explorers

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Hey Big Kids! How does a compass work? How does a map tell you where you are? Maps and compasses are one of your 10 Essentials to have when hiking in the desert. Let's explore and have fun learning how to navigate outdoors! For children ages 8 and above.

Seating is limited.

 Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984 to reserve a spot.

Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

Monument Story Time

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Join us in our Kid’s Corner at the Visitor Center to hear a story about the creatures that live in our desert. After the reading, we will have an arts and crafts activity related to the story, or take a nature walk on the Ed Hastey Garden Trail. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For children ages 5 to 7.

Seating is limited.

 Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984 to reserve a spot.

Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Desert Mountains Art Faire

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Join us at our monthly Desert Mountains Art Faire! Mediums may include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of our desert mountains!

Apr
8
7:45 am07:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
6
7:45 am07:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Apr
3
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

Apr
1
7:45 pm19:45

Monument Night Adventure

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Discover the desert after dark! We will take a short walk along the Randall Henderson Trail, looking for the nocturnal creatures that inhabit our desert. The Astronomical Society of the Desert will have telescopes set up at the Visitor Center to observe stars, planets, and other features of the night sky! This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

 

Apr
1
8:45 am08:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.
 

Mar
30
8:45 am08:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

 

Mar
27
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

Mar
25
8:45 am08:45

Saturday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Mar
23
8:45 am08:45

Thursday Morning Hike

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Take a guided hike through the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument! See excellent views of the Coachella Valley, and unique desert plants and animals, including a chance at bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. We will hike either the Randall Henderson or Art Smith Trail, depending on the group, ranging from 2-4 miles long and 300-800 feet in elevation. Bring 2 liters of water and closed-toed shoes.

Mar
20
9:45 am09:45

Monday Morning Walk

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

This short, easy walk on the paved Ed Hastey Trail is a great introduction to the desert, suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a guided tour, learning about native desert plants and animals. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 1 liter of water per person. Hat and sunscreen recommended.

 

Mar
20
9:45 am09:45

Life Zones Hiking

  • Cahuilla Tewanet Overlook

Walk in the Upper Sonoran and Transition Life Zones to see plants discussed in the lecture series. (Not required to attend.) Meet at Cahuilla Tewenet Overlook. There is a restroom stop at Pinyon Pines Campground before proceeding to the Pacific Crest Trail. Optional lunch at Paradise Corner.

Presented by:  Sharen Metz

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984

Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Living in Earthquake Country

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Learn about the creation of the San Andreas fault and the topography of the west with animations explaining earthquake shaking to better understand why and how we must be prepared for the next “big one”. This lecture will be held in the Friends of the Desert Mountains conference room.

Seating is limited.

 Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984 to reserve a spot.

Mar
18
10:30 am10:30

Life Zones of the Monument, Part 2

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Lecture and review of our 5 life zones in the local mountains with emphasis on zones 2 and 3- Upper Sonoran and Transition Life Zones. An associated hike takes place on Monday.

Presented by: Sharen Metz

Seating is limited.

Reservations Required: Call 760-862-9984 to reserve a spot.

Mar
18
9:00 am09:00

Desert Mountains Art Faire

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

Join us at our monthly Desert Mountains Art Faire! Mediums may include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of our desert mountains!