Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

BLM Area California

The preserve is an oasis and transition zone between the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. For centuries it was used by nomadic Indians, who found water and game plentiful here. More than 235 bird species have been observed in the preserve, including several rare species. Many additional transient species are present during the spring and fall migration seasons. Water also attracts desert bighorn sheep, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and other mammals. The preserve is listed as a National Watchable Wildlife Site.

Hours: Open 7:30 AM - Sunset. There are no fees.

Services: Informative Ranger, map, brochures, and a kiosk. Walking tours offered and the preserve is only open for day use.

Facilities: Restrooms, drinking water, and a parking area are available at the preserve.

The site is located 15 miles north of Palm Springs, California.

Mailing Address:
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Attn: Preserve Manager
P.O. Box 780
Morongo Valley, CA 92256

Phone Number:
(760) 363-7190

From Palm Springs, travel west on Interstate 10 to State Highway 62. Travel north on Highway 62 for 11.5 miles to Morongo Valley. Turn right on East Drive and go a short distance to the Preserve entrance on the left.

Visitor Activities:
Birdwatching, nature studies, hiking, and environmental education experiences.

Permits, Fees, Limitations:
No fees or permits are required. No unauthorized vehicles or bicycles are permitted beyond the parking lot. No dogs or other pets are allowed in the preserve. Firearms and hunting are restricted. Smoking is not allowed. Hiking and horseback riding are permitted on desgnated trails only.

Some portions of the trails are wheelchair-accessible. Please contact the Preserve Manager at the above address for details.

Camping and Lodging:
Primitive camping is available at Morongo Valley Park, 5 miles north of Big Morongo on U.S. Highway 62. Camping is free. Developed camping is available at the Black Rock Campground in the Joshua Tree National Park, 20 miles north of Morongo on Highway 62. Picnic facilities, toilets, and detailed trail maps are available at the Preserve.

Food and Supplies:
Food and supplies are available in Morongo Valley.

First Aid:
No first aid is available on-site. The Avalon Urgent Care Center in Yucca Valley is located 10 miles north on U.S. Highway 62. The nearest hospital is located in Joshua Tree, 20 miles north on U.S. Highway 62.

Critical Information:
The Preserve is open daily from 7:30 am to sunset. Winter, fall and spring are the best times of the year to visit this area. The Preserve has a desert climate with hot, dry summers and moderate winters. Rainfall is scarce, and winter and spring nighttime temperatures can be cool.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
East Drive off Highway 62, Morongo Valley

Source: BLM 

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