California Desert trips,interesting places to visit: ghost towns, old mines, lost treasure, personalities and bits of the old west


The desert is sort of my second home. The places described below are special and worth visiting provided you know the story. That's what this blog is all about. Now I have tried as best I can to be factual but sometimes you hate to let facts get in the way of a good yarn.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

California Desert Overview

The California Desert extends from Death Valley on the north to the Mexican border on the south, and accounts for 25% of the land area in the state -- about 24 million acres. Following is a list of what I consider important areas and sites within this extensive region, and the posting that I well be making in the following months will involve many of them: Parks; Joshua Tree, Death Valley, East Mojave, Red Rock, Anza Borrego, and Picacho. Outstanding Wilderness Mountain Ranges; coyote, chuckwalla, Mecca Hills, Palen/McCoy, Old Woman, Turtle, Whipple, Kingston, Clark, Owens Peak and Panamint; Special Areas; Jawbone/Butterbredt, El Paso Mountains, Saline and Eureka valleys, Pipes Canyon, Rodman/Newberry, Yuha Desert, Superstition Hills, Cargo Muchacho Palo verdce, Palen Ironwood forest, Sperry Wash, Panamint Valley and Afton Canyon. Sand Dunes; Kelso, Imperial, Rice, Dumont and Panamint; Dry Lake Beds; El Mirage, Silurian, Ivanpah, Silver, Soda, and Searle's; Off-Highway Areas; Jawbone Canyon, Dove Springs, Spangler Hills, Dumont Dunes and part of the Imperial dunes.


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