Sand to Snow Proposed National Monument
The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act would create a new National Monument that includes 133,524 acres stretching from the Sonoran Desert floor to the peak of Mount San Gorgonio. The proposed Sand to Snow National Monument would be north of I-10 near Banning and east and west of Hwy 62 near Desert Hot Springs.
Rising from the Sonoran Desert floor up to southern California’s tallest alpine peak, Mount San Gorgonio (11,499 feet), the proposed Sand to Snow National Monument encompasses one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in California. Habitats range from conifer forests to riparian woodlands to desert scrub and cactus with perennial streams.
The proposed Sand to Snow National Monument is located at the convergence of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, inland valleys and mountain environments capturing and protecting an evolutionary hotspot and area of tremendous biological diversity. The new monument also protects two wildlife corridors that help plant and wildlife populations adapt to climate change. The proposed national monument contains two of the most critical wildlife movement corridors in southern California that together link Joshua Tree National Park and Mount San Gorgonio.
Recreational opportunities in the new National Monument include hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing and bird watching. At higher elevations, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hiking along a portion of the Pacific Crest trail.