Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert
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Though arid and harsh, the Mojave Desert is home to over 200 endemic plant species and only one kind of tree, the Joshua Tree.
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Marcia A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Riding my Harley. HOT HOT HOT. Drink before you get thirsty or it could be to late. In otherwise stay hydrated. Enjoy the ride.
Written March 25, 2024
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada696 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Mojave Desert has a dry landscape with low humidity and is probably the hottest place in North America.

It was nice riding ATVs here (on a short tour we took). Our experience reminded us of the movie Top Gun because we had trainee fighter jets flying past us as we rode the ATVs.

The photo shoot that we had during a short break during our tour revealed the vastness of the desert.

Munir D.
Written July 18, 2022
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TravelingGuy60
119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We drove through a portion of the Mojave as we made our way from Las Vegas to Southern California. It was a beautiful daytime drive, with spectacular views of snow capped mountains and winter desert flora. We stopped a couple of times to admire and take photos. Had we more time, we could have explored a few of the lesser-traveled roads for different vistas. Thank God, it was winter, with crisp, 50-ish daytime temperatures. A summer drive undoubtedly would not have been so hospitable.
Written August 29, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have driven across this desert a few times. Some areas are barren desert, others mountainous, many large areas of a variety of cacti and other desert plant-life going beyond how far the eye can see. Take extra water.
Written May 22, 2020
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Bob B
Hessle, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Travelled through the desert, such beautiful vistas. Sunset and sunrise spectacular. Seeing Joshua trees in nature fantastic. Really would like to explore here more.
Written February 9, 2020
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andrej t
Belgrade, Serbia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Depends on what's your thing of course. It was the perfect getaway, roadtrip, nothing but vast, empty space, small roads, no gas stations, no bars n restaurants - Kelso Depot has one but it was closed on our visiting days so it was just a remnant of the past, a miniature ghost town. Walking on dunes is beautiful, perfect place to camp, chill, listen to the silence.
Written February 24, 2019
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Mark H
Huddersfield, UK268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Amazing road through and alongside the desert - loads of Joshua Trees ( no need to go to Joshua Tree National Park on way so saving about an extra 3 hours off the trip)

No need to go to Kelso to the Visitor centre just pull off at Baker and you can head straight into the reserve. Baker Country Store great for snacks and toilets.

Amazing landscape - a must see!
Written August 28, 2018
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Betula103
Australia7,867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
I certainly would not have made a special trip here just to see a desert however being on a route between other places it was interesting to see how the desert changes:- sandy, rocky, mountainous, barren areas, shrubs, cacti plus Joshua trees. Man-made sights include desert towns and the brilliant solar energy plant's towers. It's all certainly worth seeing at least once.
Written August 5, 2018
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mini
Fremont, CA206,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We have visited the Mojave Desert several times. This time we visited it on our way to Las Vegas I like the Joshua Trees and other plants in the desert Its also a good place to hike
Written July 8, 2018
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Kristine C
Chicago, IL380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
In comparison to other National Parks this one is maybe lesser known to people and does not have as many commercially or well known landmarks, but that does not make this area boring or uninteresting. Compared to other National Parks this one is very well marked, organized and all the rangers truly know how to help, inform you and point you in the right direction. You will not run into millions of tourists or traffic jams (such as in Yosemite or Yellowstone). To see the main sights you could probably do a lot in one day, but two days was good for us. It was still busy and most avid park goes will probably want to spend more time and go on longer hikes (we have a little one and are somewhat limited). Still, we managed to hike and see the main sites in two full days.

Depending on how you enter the park the main visitor's center is located in about the middle in an old train depot, the Kelso Depot. Try to stop here first if you can. Then not far from the visitors center are the Kelso dunes. A great sunrise or sunset viewing spot. Take of your shoes and hike out. Try to make it up the largest dune for an exhilarating slide down. If your coming in from the Northeast, or head northeast, you'll pass through the largest Joshua tree forest. You'll know when you see it. It is magical. Near here is Teutonia Peak trail, a nice simple trail about 3 miles with an ending view of the dome pushing up across the horizon. Heading out towards Barstow look for the Lava Tube. This is not widely publicized, ask the rangers how the road leading to the tube is. It's bumpy and rocky, probably best with four wheel drive. Go slow, you'll make it. You'll pass by some old stables/pens and soon see a parking lot. Follow the signs up and around, there you will find the rough metal stairs leading down. Continue on and you will be in awe. (you have to duck down at one point, not for people with mobility issues or babies, we had to take turns going all the way down). Use your phone light or a flashlight.
Written May 8, 2018
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