• California Desert Monuments

    EXPLORE YOUR CALIFORNIA DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENTS

    ExploreMojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments are three more bright stars on the map for each of these unique and breathtaking lands we love, and places we play.

FEELING MONUMENTAL?

Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments preserve some of the most unique and intact desert landscape left in the world so that generations can explore, experience, and enjoy it as it is today.

YOUR 3 Monuments include the longest undeveloped stretch of Historic Route 66, a rich tapestry of Native American cultural heritage, and the largest land gift to the American people in history. They connect the landscape, and connect us with its many stories.

Designated on February 12, 2016 – thanks to wide-ranging support – YOUR 3 Monuments are bright stars on the map for these lands we love, and place we play here in the rugged and beautiful California Desert. Sand to Snow and Mojave Trails are also hallmark additions to the National Conservation Lands – America’s newest collection of protected public lands and waterways.

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MOJAVE TRAILS

Mojave Trails boasts stunning springs of underground water – like diamonds in the rough – teeming with life, and shifting sand dunes that make havens for kit foxes and hum like a choir in the wind.

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Background

SAND TO SNOW

The Sand to Snow National Monument is one of the most critical wildlife corridors in Southern California.

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CASTLE MOUNTAINS

The Castle Mountains encompass native desert grasslands and wildlife habitat for Golden Eagles.

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THINGS TO DO

APR. 22: Monumental Anniversary – Mojave Trails Route 66 Fun Run

MOJAVE TRAILS ROUTE 66 FUN RUN April 22 • Time TBD Hosted by: Conservation Lands Foundation and California Wilderness Coalition, in...

APR. 8: Monumental Anniversary- Mojave Trails Monumental Celebration

MOJAVE TRAILS MONUMENTAL CELEBRATION April 8 • Time TBD Amboy Crater Parking Lot and Trailhead • Amboy Hosted by: Mojave Desert...

MAR. 25: Monumental Anniversary- Sand to Snow Equestrian Day

SAND TO SNOW EQUESTRIAN DAY March 25 • 8:00am – 12:00pm Hondo Wash • 55200 Hondo Street • Yucca Valley Hosted...

MAR. 18: Monumental Anniversary- Mojave Trails WWII Patton Camp Historic Tour and Service Day

MOJAVE TRAILS WWII PATTON CAMP HISTORIC TOUR AND SERVICE DAY March 18 • Time TBD Hosted by: The California Wilderness Coalition...

MAR. 4: Monumental Anniversary- Sand to Snow Veterans Corp Public Service Day

SAND TO SNOW VETERANS CORP PUBLIC SERVICE DAY March 4 • Time TBD Hosted by: Edison International, Conservation Lands Foundation, the...

FEB. 11: Monumental Anniversary – *Evening Event Added at Taylor Junction*

MONUMENT PRESENTATION, ADVENTURE KITS, AND ART SHOW February 11 • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Taylor Junction • 61732 29 Palms Hwy •Joshua Tree...

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS

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Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of YOUR National Monuments!
February 1, 2017

SAND TO SNOW BIG MORONGO HILLS CLEAN UP February 11 • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Big Morongo Canyon Preserve • 11055 East Drive • Morongo Valley…

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Five Secret Desert Places To Visit This Year Instead of Joshua Tree
January 27, 2017

Amboy Crater in Mojave Trails National Monument | Photo: Bureau of Land Management   Let’s face it: Joshua Tree National Park…

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Obama leaves strong legacy of protecting special places: Guest commentary
January 20, 2017

With the new year comes a time of reflection for many of us. As I look back to 2016, I’m remembering…

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Background

YOUR 3 Monuments were made possible by the partnership and support of thousands of people in the California Desert and beyond.

Desert communities, businesses, veterans, faith leaders, tribe, outdoor enthusiasts, artists, conservationists, and local, state, and national leaders, partnered to preserve the California Desert as one of the world’s last remaining, most intact, wide open landscapes. The support for YOUR Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments is MASSIVE!

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