Art Smith Trail (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"The Santa Rosa Mountains are an undiscovered wonderland of cactus, yucca, palm oases, and outlandish rock formations located south of Palm Springs. The Art Smith Trail, named for the former trail boss of the Desert Riders equestrian group, invites you to lose yourself among varnished canyons, sandy washes, and boulder-studded slopes. If you are lucky, you might see one of the few remaining Peninsular bighorn sheep that roam the hills. This foray into the heart of the Santa Rosas explores one of the hidden gems of Southern California. You can do this trip as an out-and-back with a camp at the Mike Dunn Desert Riders Oasis. Alternatively, with a shuttle, you can continue out any of numerous trails in the Palm Canyon area to reach Palm Springs."