San Gorgonio Wilderness

Coordinates: 34°06′02″N 116°49′43″W / 34.10056°N 116.82861°W / 34.10056; -116.82861
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San Gorgonio Wilderness
SanGorgonioWilderness DryLake.jpg
San Gorgonio range from the Dry Lake campground
LocationSan Bernardino / Riverside counties, California
Nearest cityCherry Valley, California
Coordinates34°06′02″N 116°49′43″W / 34.10056°N 116.82861°W / 34.10056; -116.82861
Area94,702 acres (383.25 km2)[1]
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management

The San Gorgonio Wilderness is located in the eastern San Bernardino Mountains, in San Bernardino County and into northern Riverside County, Southern California.

It begins north of San Gorgonio Pass, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Morongo Valley and 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Palm Springs, California.[2]


The wilderness is part of the eastern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains, with topography rapidly changing from low, rolling foothills and canyons to steep, rugged mountains. These mountains include Mount San Gorgonio and several other peaks over 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Elevations range from 2,300 to 11,502 feet (701 to 3,506 m). Because of this elevation gradient, the wilderness reflects a transition between desert, coastal and mountain environments, including the different types of vegetation representative of each elevation.[2]

The United States Congress designated the San Gorgonio Wilderness in 1964. By 1984, it expanded to 23,720 acres (96 km2). In 1994, it was further expanded with additional BLM lands and it now has a total of 94,702 acres (383 km2).[1]

Sand to Snow National Monument[edit]

The San Gorgonio Wilderness is now within the Sand to Snow National Monument, established by President Obama in February 2016.[3] It is managed jointly by the San Bernardino National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "San Gorgonio Wilderness". Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  2. ^ a b "San Gorgonio Wilderness". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10.
  3. ^ Presidential Proclamation − Establishment of the Sand to Snow National Monument, 12 February 2016 — "The USFS shall manage that portion of the monument within the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest, and BLM shall manage the remainder of the monument."
  4. ^ BLM California: Sand to Snow National Monument website (83,000 acres)
  5. ^ USDA Forest Service: Sand to Snow National Monument webpage (71,000 acres).

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