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.