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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

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Great experience!
Kimberly_G, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Learning to the ATV was so much fun. Heading out to the desert in the hot sun was definitely an experience I'll never forget. The Driver/tours guide and the safety rider were both great.
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Would do again
Jovanna_T, Aug 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Don was the best tour guide ever, made the experience way better for me , I was struggling at first but he moved me to the front to help guide me better
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Cool experience!!
Florence_B, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
So much fun!! Cool experience and easy to learn! it was my fiancées’ and I first time going to the Mojave desert and it was a blast!!!
star-4
Great desert/atv...
Michelina_A, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Great desert/atv experience. Brett was great and very knowledgeable. Hot, but expected weather in Arizona in July.
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Awesome experience!
DaShondra_H, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
We had an amazing time! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great experience. Our tour guide Brent was fabulous!!
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Do It!
Zicuria_U, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
José was very informative and the trail was easy. The drive out to the Mojave desert is included in the trip time. Pick up and drop off was less than ten minutes from our hotel. Overall, it was a great experience.
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Brent was amazing. We...
Carmen_F, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Brent was amazing. We felt so safe and it was so interesting the information he gave us while driving there. He was so much fun as well.
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Great first time experience in a desert!
Ashley_H, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
The experience was nice! Don, the tour guide, talked to us during the hour long ride. His directions were clear and I felt safe before and during the experience. I would recommend this experience to anyone.
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Best experience ever!!!
Joyce_B, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
I recently went on this tour with my fiancé on January 2nd 2022. Someone please give guide Josh a raise and promotion!!!!! Best tour guide ever, hands down. He made our experience perfect and very enjoyable.
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Caring team!
Irializ_P, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Our guide, Brent was great! It was a really hot day and he made sure everyone was okay by checking on each individual for signs of heat exhaustion.
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Definitely had fun
Kiera_J, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
I had a lot of fun riding the atv’s it was just extremely too hot to be out there in that desert. Best advice go early in the morning.
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The bomb
Iesha_c, Jul 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Jose was great an very friendly an take his job very serious he very kind funny educational learned a lot while on this tour an yes I will do it again
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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