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12 Deserts to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, Arizona. it features two miles of walking paths traversing 21 acres of the desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona

Cholla Cactus Garden
Cholla Cactus GardenCholla Cactus Garden, California, USA

An intense concentration of cholla cactus. The small hike is through level plains, a mile in total on a loop.

Dante’s View
Dante’s ViewDeath Valley National Park, Dantes View Rd, California 92328, USA

Dante's View offers a dramatic panoramic view of Death Valley from a very brink of an edge. It is also an excellent venue for night time star viewing with telescopes.

Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness
Grand Wash Cliffs WildernessLittlefield, AZ 86432, USA

This remote 37,030-acre wilderness is a 12-mile long stretch of the Grand Wash Cliffs. It encompasses escarpments, canyons, and sandstone buttes that make up the transition zone between the Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range Province. Vegetation includes an assortment of Mojave Desert shrubs below the cliffs as well as a pinyon-juniper woodland above. Wildlife in the area include gila monsters, desert tortoise, and desert bighorn sheep.

Jumbo Rocks Campground
Jumbo Rocks CampgroundTwentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA

Campground surrounded by large boulders and rock formations for which the Joshua Tree National Park is well known for.

Mastodon Peak
Mastodon PeakMastodon Peak, California, USA

Hiking trail through an old mine, three mile hike to the peak offers panoramic views of south eastern side of Joshua Tree National Park.

Mojave Desert
Mojave DesertMojave Desert, California 92332, USA

This is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America. Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua trees, which are native only to the Mojave Desert and are considered an indicator species. This place is now a tourist spot and a lot of people come here to spend some good times here.

Painted Desert
Painted DesertPainted Desert, Arizona 86031, USA

The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. It is most easily accessed from the north portion of Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors: these include the more common red rock, but also shades of lavender.

Painted Desert Rim
Painted Desert RimPetrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028, USA

The Painted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the Four Corners area, running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park. It has a beautiful array of colors from deep purple to verdant green, from dark rusty red to pale pink. The Painted Desert seems to go on for miles and miles into the flat Arizona landscape. You can walk along the edge of the Painted Desert for half a mile between viewpoints by using this trail.

Pilot Peak
Pilot PeakPilot Peak, Nevada 89883, USA

Named for its use as an easily recognized landmark, it is the highest point in the Pilot Range. 4th highest peak in Nevada.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA

A zoo and botanic garden combination dedicated to the deserts of the world. The programs provide environmental education, native wildlife rehabilitation, plant propagation, and habitat restoration, and captive breeding of African and Sonoran Desert species, including the iconic desert bighorn sheep.

Yuma Desert
Yuma DesertYuma Desert, Arizona 85365, USA

The Yuma Desert is a lower-elevation section of the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States and the northwest of Mexico. It lies south of the Gila River and east of the Colorado River in the extreme southwestern corner of Arizona. It is a region of low sandy plains and dunes. The area is nearly barren, with only sporadic outcroppings of creosote bush or burr sage.

Map of Deserts to explore in United States