My adventures in and near Deep Canyon, located near Palm Desert, CA and the pinyon mountains near it.
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!