The Mojave Desert Travel Guide

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Photo of The Mojave Desert Photo: istock/David Schrader


Plan Your The Mojave Desert Vacation

Dust and desolation, tumbleweeds and rattlesnakes, barren landscapes and failed dreams—these are the bleak images that come to mind when most people hear the word desert. Yet the remote regions east of the Sierra Nevada possess a singular beauty, the vast open spaces populated with spiky Joshua trees, undulating sand dunes, faulted mountains, and dramatic rock formations. With a few exceptions the area is not heavily peopled, providing expanses in which visitors can both lose and find themselves.

Hotels

The Mojave Desert Hotels

Chain hotel properties and roadside motels are the desert's primary lodging options. The tourist season runs from late May... read more

Restaurants

The Mojave Desert Restaurants

Throughout the desert and the Eastern Sierra, dining is a fairly simple affair. Owens Valley is home to many mom-and-pop... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Mojave Desert

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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The Mojave Desert Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Nostalgia: Old neon signs, historic motels, and restored (or neglected but still striking) rail stations abound across this desert... Read more

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