Mojave Desert

Best Places to see in Mojave Desert

Most of the Mojave Desert is at an altitude of over 2,000 ft (600 m). It has cold winters and baking hot summers. Many of the region's rivers and lakes are seasonal and are dry during the summer. The desert is home to an array of plant species and a range of animals, from tortoises to foxes, which have evolved to survive in this climate. Barstow, the largest town in the Mojave region, caters to travelers to and from Las Vegas. The northern Mojave is dominated by the Death Valley National Park. To the east lie the resorts of Lake Havasu.

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Barstow
Calico Ghost Town
Death Valley National Park
Edwards Air Force Base
Kelso Dunes
Lake Havasu
Las Vegas
Mitchell Caverns
Red Rock Canyon State Park

Mojave Desert: GETTING AROUND

I-15 crosses the region. It links San Diego to Las Vegas, Nevada, via San Bernardino. This route follows the northern border of the East Mojave National Preserve, and I-40 skirts its southern border. The main south north route across the desert is Hwy 127, from which Hwy 190 branches out, crossing the Death Valley National Park from southeast to southwest. In the west, US Hwy 395 leads south to LA. For safety reasons, it is vital that visitors to the desert obey posted signs and do not stray from main roads.

Always carry water, a jack, a usable spare tire, a cell phone, and stay close to your vehicle if you break down. There is no public access to the area's clearly marked military zones.