The sights and sounds along the trails of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument reward hikers with timely perspective.
These four desert treks will get you out of the house, away from distractions, and can be accomplished early in the morning by hikers before the temps rise.
Like so much of the desert, there is more there than meets the eye. On foot hiking the Cactus Spring Trail in Palm Desert, there are surprises waiting.
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to enjoy the great outdoors during the Greater Palm Springs summer. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Easy switchbacks on a two-lane highway lead to Idyllwild, a mile-high community that’s big on rustic. Nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is close to the desert but feels like it’s a world away. The pine trees grow tall and lanky. The air is snappy. It’s cozy. Stroll through local shops to pick up gifts for