Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

A celebration of beauty and history in The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
by Ann Japenga

If you want to know these mountains, there’s no better guide than J. Smeaton Chase, an Englishman who toured the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in 1915 with his burro, Mesquit. Chase was baked senseless by the stupefying heat. His coffee cup was blown away by “the pestilent wind” ripping through the San Gorgonio Pass. He was evicted from his coyote skin sleeping bag by a flash flood down Chino Canyon.
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Voices Of The Monument

Take a journey and discover one of North America’s most unique and diverse mountain ranges. Learn about the native Cahuilla Indian Tribes and how they survived in such extreme environments. Soar over some of the most spectacular geological landscapes from indigenous palm oasis to one of the largest rockslides in the world. View spectacular footage of the endangered and illusive Peninsular Big Horn Sheep; plus a range of animal, bird and plant life encompassing five different life zones. Shot in spectacular high definition HDTV you'll experience the detail of this diverse and seldom seen land.

Voices of the Monument

Proceeds from the sale of this Emmy® Award winning documentary will go to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

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Santa Rosa & San Jacinto National Monument

“One of the fondest memories I have since being elected to Congress was taking a three-day trail ride on horseback from the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (after hiking the first five or so miles) along the Pacific Crest Trail.”
– Rep. Mary Bono

Bureau of Land Management


The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is developing a volunteer program as well as a nonprofit foundation to support conservation, education, and research. Meanwhile, enthusiasts should check the Visitor Center Web site (
) for volunteer opportunities or work with organizations such as the Friends of the Desert Mountains and the Forest Service Volunteer Association.

Opportunities include working at the Visitor Center or the Bobcat Bookstore, helping with guided walks, participating in special events to "meet and greet," giving nature talks, and joining cleanup groups.

For information, call Vic Scott, Friends of the Desert Mountains volunteer coordinator, at (760) 862-9984, or Melinda Lyon of the U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Association at (909) 382-2929.