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Mojave Desert, California

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Desert Wildlife Area
The Mojave Desert is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America. It is located in the southwestern United States, primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada, and it occupies a total of 47877mi2. Very small areas also extend into Utah and Arizona. 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, and it is believed to support an additional 1,750 to 2,000 species of plants. The central part of the desert is sparsely populated, while its peripheries support large communities such as Las Vegas, Lancaster, Palmdale, Victorville, and St. George.The Mojave Desert is bordered by the Great Basin Desert to its north and the Sonoran Desert to its south and east. Topographical boundaries include the Tehachapi Mountains to the west, and the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains to the south. The mountain boundaries are distinct because they are outlined by the two largest faults in California – the San Andreas and Garlock faults. The Mojave Desert displays typical basin and range topography. Higher elevations above 2000ft)(and particularly the Antelope Valley in its southwest) has long been a center of alfalfa production; fed by irrigation coming from groundwater and (in the 20th century) from the California Aqueduct.
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  • 'It's definitely a story' we like to tell everyone. Our plan was to drive from LA to Vegas in a mustang - and got there. Eventually. We got a little lost, but the actual desert was pretty awesome. TIP...  more »
  • There is nothing much there to see, at least from the main Rd. We have seen so much interesting stuff on this trip this doesn't rate as one of the highlights. We were lucky we could put the top down a...  more »
  • Located south of Las Vegas: the best way to access this desert is by Interstate 15. It is about a 2 hour drive south of Las Vegas in California. Your first stop should be at the visitor center. They h...  more »

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