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6 Deserts to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.