Sand to Snow National Monument

Sand to Snow National Monument,

154,000 acres (62,000 hectares) in the San Bernadino Mountains, S Calif. It rises from the Sonoran Desert floor to Mount San Gorgonio (11,503 ft/3,506 m), the highest peak in S California. The diverse lands in the monument include desert lowlands, scrub and woodlands, chaparral, coniferous forests, and alpine ecosystems. It is home to numerous animal species, including bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, black bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes, and is frequented by many bird species. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the monument.
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Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to include access for water development and other management activities when Obama designated the Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California in 2016.
The three new illegally created monuments are Mojave Trails National Monument (1.6 million acres), the Sand to Snow National Monument (154,000 acres), and the Castle Mountains National Monument (21,000 acres).
It would also create two new BLM monuments: the 941,000-acre Mojave Trails National Monument along Route 66 and the 134,000-acre Sand to Snow National Monument, which would connect Joshua Tree National Park to the San Bernardino Mountains, allowing wildlife to move across the landscape and gain access to year-round springs in the Big Morongo Preserve.
Christened last year, Sand to Snow National Monument, 26 miles northwest of Palm Springs, contains a dizzying network of hiking trails that ramble from the valley floor 10,000 feet up to the snowcapped peaks of the San Gorgonio summit.