More than just a hot, arid environment, this region is rich with colorful geological formations, "badlands" dotted with fan palm oases, hardy flora and fauna, riparian wetlands toward the eastern Sierra, acres of spring wildflowers, mile-high peaks, spectacular limestone caverns, and an "accidental" saltwater lake. The Desert Region features a multitude of incredible recreation attractions including Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, Mojave National Preserve, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Death Valley lies on the eastern side of the Sierra, in the Sierra's rain shadow. In its center is a man-made oasis-a citrus grove that's watered late at night when the Furnace Creek Inn drains its spring-fed pool. From here, excursions to stunning sand dunes, rainbow-colored canyons, and highlights like Scotty's Castle and Zabriskie Point show off this desert's diversity. The High Desert-reclusive Mojave-keeps many of its charms secret to all but the most intrepid explorers. It is full of solemn yucca trees and mysterious dirt roads that beckon off-road enthusiasts.