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View Poll Results: The Best Desert Scenery State
California 3 3.90%
Nevada 3 3.90%
Utah 25 32.47%
Arizona 33 42.86%
New Mexico 13 16.88%
Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-25-2019, 02:21 AM
 
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The drive between Vegas and Reno was not all that spectacular. So that strikes out Nevada. Nevada does have nice features near Vegas though, but I don't think it makes up for the rest of the state:

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.5029...!7i7932!8i3966
NV-318

https://goo.gl/maps/hC2ieJ2nAc7kdaqr7
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I took the US 95. The only somewhat interesting thing I saw was Walker Lake.
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I have never seen an ugly desert. And I have seen them all.
Driving through New Mexico, I wanted to bang on people's doors and ask them what they were doing inside when all ..... THIS ..... was outside.


I have no idea why the desert appeals to me so much.
Maybe you should come join us, we have plenty of it. However as a test:

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.3282...7i13312!8i6656

What do you think about that?

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Maybe because you're from a lush region? I love the desert too. There's a certain feeling you get when you stare into it. Like solitude, but good. Deserts are usually very open, so you can view far with your naked eye. It kind of reminds you that we live in a big world.
My favorite thing about the deserts is the naked landscapes. With next to no plants, I like to imagine and try to figure out how the landscape is carved. When I take road trips I always stare at mountains or the way the flat land slopes and think about it. It puts things into perspective how much effort it took to get things where they currently are in nature.

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The size of the sky affects your perception as well. I've lived in desert climates most of my life and get clusterphobic back east due to the trees.
I have experienced this as well back in Maryland and Florida. The greenery is a shock factor at first, but then it starts to wear off, and I miss the skies of back home.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:05 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Maybe you should come join us, we have plenty of it [ugly deserts].
The ugliest thing about a desert is usually the highway plowed and paved through it. The ecosystem and soil are so disturbed and the hard pavement drains a bit more water to the edges so it is a distorted view. Generally, getting off the main road or interstate is essential to really seeing the desert.
https://www.google.com/maps/@35.8562...!5m1!1e4?hl=en



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My favorite thing about the deserts is the naked landscapes. With next to no plants, I like to imagine and try to figure out how the landscape is carved.
I agree -- the geology is fascinating -- both what you see and what you don't see. The Rio Grande Rift is still active and spreading apart --- a giant crack. Oil companies have drilled over 20k feet before hitting bedrock in places -- it is mostly filled in with sand and volcanic ash/debris except in the river gorge near Taos.
https://www.google.com/maps/@36.4763...!5m1!1e4?hl=en



And the sky and the long, far off horizon are huge players in the scenery. I love to watch a thunderstorm cross the desert 60 miles away.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:10 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Maybe you should come join us, we have plenty of it. However as a test:

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.3282...7i13312!8i6656

What do you think about that?.............
It's odd you should show me that piece of landscape......


In 1965 I was driving through Stanfield, AZ, when my 1956 Chevy melted down. That began a great adventure for me. I met the people my age in town, worked on my car, fell in love with a girl and found a home of sorts, at least for a while.
When I came to visit the deputy sheriff (Joe Leal) used to let me stay in the jail. There was never anyone else in there, so I just came and went as I wished.



In the end the girl broke my heart, the Chevy quit forever, I went off to save the world from Communism and Arizona gradually became a place I used to know.
But once upon a time Stanfield and Casa Grande was home...... sort of.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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You know what drives me crazy? When movies/shows depict Texas or New Mexico with saguaro cacti.

And there are almost zero on the California side of the Sonoran desert. Very few. Just about all of them are in Arizona and Mexico. The saguaro, to me, is the #1 logo of the desert.

Arizona all the way.
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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You know what drives me crazy? When movies/shows depict Texas or New Mexico with saguaro cacti.

And there are almost zero on the California side of the Sonoran desert. Very few. Just about all of them are in Arizona and Mexico. The saguaro, to me, is the #1 logo of the desert.

Arizona all the way.
ya that really drives me krazy too.
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Arizona
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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The ugliest thing about a desert is usually the highway plowed and paved through it. The ecosystem and soil are so disturbed and the hard pavement drains a bit more water to the edges so it is a distorted view. Generally, getting off the main road or interstate is essential to really seeing the desert.
https://www.google.com/maps/@35.8562...!5m1!1e4?hl=en





I agree -- the geology is fascinating -- both what you see and what you don't see. The Rio Grande Rift is still active and spreading apart --- a giant crack. Oil companies have drilled over 20k feet before hitting bedrock in places -- it is mostly filled in with sand and volcanic ash/debris except in the river gorge near Taos.
https://www.google.com/maps/@36.4763...!5m1!1e4?hl=en



And the sky and the long, far off horizon are huge players in the scenery. I love to watch a thunderstorm cross the desert 60 miles away.
I picked an uglier part of the state on purpose, most of Arizona's southern third looks like that, and yes with freeways because everyone needs a 3k square foot house with a pool and wide roads.

Tucson's the prettiest of the southern third, being close to the Sonora heart, but the real Sonora heart is in Sells, but that's on the reservation so you can't really just... live there. Unless you are a part of the reservation of course.

The skies rock. And the rocks out our way are so fly. Failed attempt at being funny but if you prefer looking at things other than skies and rocks you aren't going to like it here. Especially since a lot of our days there is not a cloud in the sky, or a Grand Canyon next to you.

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You know what drives me crazy? When movies/shows depict Texas or New Mexico with saguaro cacti.

And there are almost zero on the California side of the Sonoran desert. Very few. Just about all of them are in Arizona and Mexico. The saguaro, to me, is the #1 logo of the desert.

Arizona all the way.
Texas is THE worst at this. They barely have a claim to desert climates as it is (El Paso alone), yet love to try to make it so that they have these iconic Old Western deserts like in the movies, but that belongs to the states a bit further West.
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Old 09-28-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I picked an uglier part of the state on purpose, most of Arizona's southern third looks like that, and yes with freeways because everyone needs a 3k square foot house with a pool and wide roads.

Tucson's the prettiest of the southern third, being close to the Sonora heart, but the real Sonora heart is in Sells, but that's on the reservation so you can't really just... live there. Unless you are a part of the reservation of course.

The skies rock. And the rocks out our way are so fly. Failed attempt at being funny but if you prefer looking at things other than skies and rocks you aren't going to like it here. Especially since a lot of our days there is not a cloud in the sky, or a Grand Canyon next to you.



Texas is THE worst at this. They barely have a claim to desert climates as it is (El Paso alone), yet love to try to make it so that they have these iconic Old Western deserts like in the movies, but that belongs to the states a bit further West.
Nitpicking here. Tucson is smack dab IN the Sonoran Desert, and borders both versions of the Saguaro National Monument. One of those is directly west of the city, and one directly east. It also houses the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in its city limits.

Tucson is more Sonoran Desert than any place with any meaningful population. I lived there for 2 years and my mom still does.
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