- The San Bernardino Mountains are the major attraction of the Inland Empire. The skyline is dominated by several major peaks more than 10,000 feet high. The Inland Empire features two state parks, two state recreations areas, and one state historic park. Mount San Jacinto State Park covers 13,500 acres and boasts three mountain peaks over 10,000 feet. Miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails wind through the state park sites in this region.
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Mount San Jacinto State Park
Recreation - Activities at the state park sites in this region include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing and viewing the mountain scenery.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is generally hot in the summer and mild in the winter. During the summer, valley temperatures can soar above 100 degrees while remaining pleasant in the mountains. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. During the winter months higher elevations experience snow and freezing temperatures.
The Inland Empire, located inland from the coast in southern California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles and 20 miles west of Palm Springs. It surrounds the communities of Ontario, San Bernardino, Riverside and Idyllwild. The main highways accessing this region are Interstate 15 running north/south and Interstate 10 running east/west.