the desert southwest today

the desert southwest today

There are four deserts in North America. Arizona is the only state in the United States where parts of all four can be found. They are the Great BasinMojaveChihuahuan, and the Sonoran deserts. The Sonoran desert is the largest.

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these images were all taken during our recent 2 month winter trip as snowbirds

 

 

Keys View road Joshua Tree at sunset

Keys View road Joshua Tree at sunset

This popular destination, perched on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, provides panoramic views of the Coachella Valley and is well worth the 20-minute drive from Park Boulevard down Keys View Road.

Wheelchair Accessible
The lookout is wheelchair accessible, or take the .2-mile-loop trail up the ridge for especially nice views. Look for the shining surface of the Salton Sea, which is 230 feet below sea level, on the far left. Looking to the right, the Santa Rosa Mountains are behind Indio and, along with 10,800-foot San Jacinto Peak behind Palm Springs, form the high points of the Peninsular Ranges. Further right, the usually snow-covered peak of 11,500-foot San Gorgonio Mountain is clearly visable.

San Andreas Fault
The southwest side of the ridge drops nearly a mile in elevation into the Coachella Valley. The infamous San Andreas Fault, stretching 700 miles from the Gulf of California to the Mendocino Coast north of San Francisco, runs through the valley and can be seen below.

Mexico
On a really clear day, you might be able to see Signal Mountain in Mexico, although that has become somewhat rare due to the poor air quality of recent years.

Source: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/keysview.htm

Joshua Tree desert beauty

Joshua Tree desert beauty

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It’s characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley.

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Superstition mountain view

Superstition mountain view

A 3,648-acre park offering camping, archery & 29 miles of multi-use trails plus scenic wind caves.

Source: https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/usery-mountain-regional-park/