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The Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park are the major attractions of the desert, and little wonder. Death Valley is the lowest and hottest stretch of the desert, Joshua Tree National Park the greatest concentration of some of its most notable flora. While the National Parks preserve the Mojave Desert's extremes, the National Preserve, perhaps, preserves the essence of what this desert is - a little Joshua Tree, a little sand and cinder cone, a little wildflower, a little canyon and mountain.

History, both ancient and relatively recent, is also a part of the desert. The Twenty Mule Team Museum recalls the days when this intimidating landscape was crossed not by cars, but animals. The Calico Early Man Site recalls even earlier days, at the dawn of civilization. And the off ghost town serves as a reminder of the ruggedness and difficulty of the Mojave.

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The Mojave River rarely flows above ground - this is one of the few places it does.

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Although this area is centered around a river, it has a forceful desert energy, the mountains rising up dry and forbidding in the near distance. The river itself is in Amargosa Canyon, which breaks up the dryness with dense vegetation, some of which forms hanging gardens of a kind. The river is shal...

  • 43779 15th Street West, Lancaster
  • Museum
  • 661-946-3055

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum celebrates Great Basin Indian cultures. The exhibits represent and interpret American Indian groups, both aboriginal and contemporary, of the Southwest, Great Basin, and Californian cultural regions. A number of the artifacts on display are rare or one-of-a-kind ite...

  • 14485 Borax Road, Boron
  • Historical Site

This visitor center is right next to the largest open-pit mine California has - and the product is borax. Few places in the world have deposits of borax quite as large or productive.

  • 1305 Arizona Street, Suite 104, Boulder City
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 702-293-2138

  • Yermo
  • Historical Site
  • 760-254-2122

Mining towns and railroad stops sprung up across California's desert in earlier epochs, now just dusty ghost towns that offer a glimpse of the state's Wild West days. Catch a gunfight (reenacted of course), try your hand at gold panning and sign up for a mine tour at Calico, a ghost town and county ...

  • Death Valley
  • Other
  • 760-786-3200

Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone and to plants and animals unique to the harshest deserts. A place of legend and a pl...

  • Building 222, 1st Street, Fort Irwin
  • Museum
  • 760-380-6607

  • Barstow
  • Other
  • 760-252-6000

The dry lake is not altogether dry - it's home to Harper Dry Lake Marsh, which is an oasis for birds, particularly of the waterfowl and wetland variety. Look out for Marsh Wrens and White-faced Ibises among many others.

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