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Sand to Snow National Monument

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[2 : Mission Creek and Whitewater]
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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) Wildflowers at sunrise with distant snowy San Giorgono Mountain. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Wildflowers and San Giorgono Mountain, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Wildflowers and San Giorgono Mountains, Mission Creek Preserve. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) San Giorgono Mountains from Mission Creek valley. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Desert in bloom, Mission Creek. 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) Riparian desert vegetation in the spring, Mission Creek. 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) Mission Creek flowing. 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) Brittlebush in bloom and San Jacinto Mountains. 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) Aerial view of Black Lava Butte and boulders. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Wildflowers, yucca and boulders, Flat Top Butte. Sand to Snow National Monument, California, USA ( black and white) Wildflowers growing among boulders. 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) San Gorgonio Mountain from Whitewater Preserve, sunset. 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) Grassy meadow and San Gorgonio Mountain in winter, 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)
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