The Dancer

The Dancer
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Santa Rosa mountains visitor center





I often take walks, especially on the weekends, at the Santa Rosa mountain visitor center.  It is at the base of Highway 74, which is the road that goes from Palm Desert to Idyllwild, then branches off to Temecula.  A lot of travelers from San Diego and Temecula take this road instead of sitting in traffic out on Interstate 15, which goes through Riverside and Moreno Valley.  All of my family drives Highway 74 when traveling to San Diego.  And the visitor center sits at the bottom of the road, which curves up next to Deep Canyon. There are hiking trails there, there's an interactive animal track station where people can see the tracks of various animals, there's a video inside the center, and there's also a gift shop.  I always buy my maps there and they have lots of childrens' books.  It's open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and they are always prompt about opening up their gate.  So, if you are in the area, stop by!  Just be sure to wear walking shoes as there are cholla out on the trails! The best part?  It's FREE!

3 comments:

  1. That Hwy 74! To my future Palm Springs "mid-century modern home/garden tour, I need to add a day or two just to travel and relax along Hwy 74!

    People in their flip flops on desert hikes and walks...bad idea. Cacti win, but jumping cholla wins big-time.

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  2. Nice place. Amazing it's free, especially in CA. Really like the image with the nest in the cholla.

    Hope you weren't impacted by the Joshua Tree flooding.

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  3. No, we are on the opposite side of the valley. We can look out and see Joshua Tree.

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