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Mojave Desert

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The Basics

The Mojave Desert, which lies mostly within California, also stretches into small portions of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Death Valley National Park is the desert’s most notable attraction, but there is much to explore here. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, outside of Las Vegas, is popular for its rugged rock formations, while Mojave National Preserve features sand dunes, Joshua trees, and endless wildflowers.

The region attractions all kinds of visitors, from outdoorsy travelers interested in hiking and camping, to rock-climbing adventure-seekers, to those just passing through en route from Los Angeles or San Diego to Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon. Aerial Grand Canyon tours provide views of the desert from the sky, while multi-day US West road-trip tours stop at various parks and preserves.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-5
Epic ATV experience
Jeanene_H, Jan 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Love, love, love!! It was my first experience! Special Thanks to Ryan Schummer! Amazing guy, and very patient with me as I kept driving off course LOL!! On the way, he also gave a little history of the surroundings.
star-5
Lots of fun!
Tamika_L, Dec 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Brett (tour guide) called ahead of time to make sure we knew exactly what we'd need for the trip. Along the ride to/ from the desert, he gave lots of info about the area/ landscape. Once we arrived and were about to start the ride, Brett and the other staff made sure we felt safe and ready to ride. I definitely recommend this activity!
star-5
Excellent experience! Our...
Emi_I, Dec 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Excellent experience! Our tour guide Logan was very knowledgeable and the ride was great. Highly recommended.
star-5
So Much Fun!
Janice_B, Dec 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
It was a fabulously fun excursion! I would highly recommend it to anyone really. I am 59 years old, and my husband is 71. If you are young at heart go for it! It’s a really good time.
star-5
A fun time in the desert!
Joe_A, Dec 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Dain was an excellent guide - very competent and informative. There were a lot of folks on the tour who have never been on an ATV before, but Dain made sure that we were all prepared and confident by the time we headed out. Everyone did a great job. The ride was a LOT of fun and the scenery was great. You get pretty dusty, but that's part of the whole experience.
star-5
Atv ride in desert.
Dallas_B, Dec 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Dain was a rest guide! He was very helpful fun and knowledgeable. The tour was fun. Just be prepared to get very dusty! The trip out and back is about 1hour and 10 minutes each way.
star-5
Wonderful, bumpy, and fun!
Glenda_M, Nov 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
We had a wonderful time. Hobe our guide was patient, knowledgeable, and funny. We went on the one-hour tour, which was the perfect amount of time. The ride was bumpy and dusty -- but, most of all fun for a first timer. Highly recommend it as a great way to experience the desert.
star-5
Great experience
Anthony_G, Nov 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
This was the first time we’ve ridden ATV’s and it was a great experience! Great location about an hours drive from pick up. We rode the ATVs for about 90 mins which was plenty for our first time. Will definitely book again next time I’m in Vegas.
star-5
A Great Day in Vegas!!
Ronald_F, Nov 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Had the most amazing time while here in Vegas, but that tour was far the best!! We couldn’t have had a better tour guy Dain Harris who is very knowledgeable. He made the tour even better!! I will be requesting him again!!
star-5
Awesome Time!
Arianna_G, Nov 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
We had an awesome time! Logan our guide was super accommodating and friendly. He made sure everyone was informed and comfortable throughout the entire trip.
star-5
Cool experience
Randi_F, Nov 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Fun experience! Only rode atv for short amount of time, but guides were great and scenery was beautiful..
star-4
Cool experience
Nehemie_N, Oct 2021
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
The ride was good my instructor was excellent. Not a half a day tho. Wish we could have rode a bit longer. The trail was cool but extremely bumpy. Made our ride a bit stressful on your butt but it's cool lòl. Over all would recommend

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mojave Desert is a must for outdoors lovers, adventure seekers, and all first-time visitors to the region.

  • Be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection on any trip into the desert.

  • Avoid hiking in the middle of the day, especially in the summer months, when temperatures can be dangerously high.

  • Some parks and preserves in the desert are free to the public while others, such as national and state parks, require a fee.

  • Many desert attractions, such as visitor centers and lookouts, are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Death Valley National Park sits on the edge of the California–Nevada border; enter the park on California Highway 190 from Death Valley Junction, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Palm Springs. Mojave National Preserve lies between Interstate 15 and Interstate 40, 120 miles (190 kilometers) northeast of Palm Springs.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

Parks and preserves are typically open between sunrise and sunset; some sites may close or have shorter hours in the summer months, when it’s the hottest. To avoid the heat, go hiking in the morning or evening. Wildflower season is in the spring, after the rainy periods.

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Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve

Together with the Colorado Desert, the Mojave Desert forms a UNESCO World Heritage–designated biosphere reserve to promote and protect the ecology of the region. Located on the border of the Mojave and Colorado deserts is one of the region’s most popular places—Joshua Tree National Park—230 miles (370 kilometers) south of Death Valley.

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