Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Milky Way over the Desert
The Mojave Desert is bordered by the Great Basin to its north and the Sonoran Desert to its south and east. Topographical boundaries include the Tehachapi Mountains to the west, and the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains to the south.
The Mojave Desert is often referred to as the “high desert”, in contrast to the “low desert”, the Sonoran Desert to the south.
The Mojave Desert has gotten hotter and drier in the past century.
Mojave Desert Bird Species Have Declined By Almost Half – The Mojave Desert has gotten hotter and drier over the past 100 years, and this change has been especially hard on birds. (State of Nevada, August 2018)
Parks and Protected Areas
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
Death Valley National Park
Desert National Wildlife Refuge (Nevada)
Joshua Tree National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Mojave National Preserve
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (Utah)
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Nevada)
Saddleback Butte State Park
Snow Canyon State Park (Utah)
Elsewhere on the Web
Mojave National Preserve – @MojavePres
Mojave Desert Wild pinterest board
Nevada’s Mojave Desert – Nature.org
http://www.mdlt.org – https://twitter.com/MojaveDesertLT
http://www.mojavedesertblog.com – https://twitter.com/SaveTheDesert
The desert “smell of rain” is the Creosote Bush, a creosote tar smell gave the plant its name.