Rise above the arid Coachella Valley desert to the cooler altitudes of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument for sweeping vista views and 54 miles of hiking trails (or in winter - cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails). The aerial tram is the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar and gains almost 6,000 feet in 10 minutes up the rugged Chino Canyon Cliffs. Pack a picnic or enjoy a meal at 8,500 feet-high Peaks Restaurant. For the more adventurous, set off for the second highest peak in southern California - Mount San Jacinto Peak (10,834 feet) - or to small mile-high mountain town Idyllwild to set up camp.
Photo by Rex Brown/Flickr.