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Sand to Snow National Monument

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Sand to Snow National Monument owes its name to the dramatic elevation difference between the Sonoran Desert floor (about 1,000 feet) and the 11,500-foot San Gorgonio Mountain, the highest peak in Southern California. That topographic gradient has made Sand to Snow possibly the most botanically diverse national monument in America. No roads penetrate its 240 square miles (154,000 acres) interior, most of it a designated wilderness, however, the lower parts of Sand to Snow National Monument on the east are quite accessible thanks to a trio of developed nature preserves on its outskirts.

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Entrance gate at dawn, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Aerial view of valley, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Aerial view of valley with San Jacinto Peak in the distance, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Aerial view of valley with San Gorgonio Mountain in the distance, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Yuccas and snow-capped San Gorgonio Mountain, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Riparian desert vegetation and cottowoods in winter, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Fremont Cottonwood with bare branches, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Desert plants and San Gorgonio Mountain in winter, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Snow-capped San Gorgonio Mountain. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Grassy meadow and San Gorgonio Mountain in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Grasses, bare trees, and mountains, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Bare trees and San Gorgonio Mountain in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Grasses and cottonwoods in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Goldenbush and bare trees in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Reeds in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Trees in winter and foothills, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Trees with bare branches, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Thickets of cattails and backlit trees, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Riparian vegetation in winter, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Tufts of yellow-blossomed alkali goldenbush and trees, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Trunks of palm trees, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) California native palm trees, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Palm tree trunk, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Detail of palm tree, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Palm trees and cliffs, Whitewater Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Riparian vegetation and cliffs, Whitewater Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Steep fanglomerate cliffs, Whitewater Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Lush riparian vegetation, Whitewater Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Golden reflections in Whitewater River, Whitewater Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) San Gorgonio Mountain from Whitewater Preserve, sunset. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Aerial view of Flat Top Mesa. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white)
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