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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite desert in the US?
Mojave Desert (parts of southern CA, southern NV, northwest AZ, extreme SE Utah) 12 21.43%
Sonoran Desert (parts of southern CA, central/southern AZ) 14 25.00%
Chihuahuan Desert (south/central NM, extreme west TX) 12 21.43%
Colorado Plateau (the "four corners" area of CO, UT, NM, AZ) 14 25.00%
Great Basin (parts of CA, most of NV, western UT, parts of OR) 3 5.36%
Other (write in) 1 1.79%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-27-2008, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Calling all desert rats out there! What is your favorite desert in the USA? Where are your favorite spots? Which southwestern state do you think deserves the title "King of the Desert"?

I love them all-- hard to choose! If I had to name my top five places/parks in the desert, I'd say:
1. Arches National Park. Nuff said.
2. Catalina Mountains (just outside of Tucson, AZ)-- wow!
3. Amboy, CA-- some of the most desolate-- and beautiful land you can ever imagine. The drive from Palm Springs to Vegas going through the back roads takes you through Joshua trees and enormous salt flats.
4. Just outside of Santa Fe, NM-- pinion and juniper land (okay, semi-arid, but close enough).
5. Great Basin National Park (Baker, NV)-- I've actually never been there but I really want to go, it looks amazing.

Overall, I'd say Arizona deserves the title of "King of the Desert."

edit: (I screwed up the poll, I meant SW Utah)
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Hi Vegas Pilgrim

I don't know if I can give my favorite, being that most of my experience consists of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin. Both of which, I am fond of, though a little afraid to move to a desert climate or culture.

Just wondering, since I have gotten so little feedback. Do you know anything about the area around twentynine palms and yucca valley? I have a job prospect at the Marine Base and I am about 99% sure I am gonna take it.....I dont think I am in for any suprises but I would love to hear from people who love or hate these types of places!
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Just wondering, since I have gotten so little feedback. Do you know anything about the area around twentynine palms and yucca valley? I have a job prospect at the Marine Base and I am about 99% sure I am gonna take it.....I dont think I am in for any suprises but I would love to hear from people who love or hate these types of places!
I've been through there once, don't know that much about it-- other than we're talking HARDCORE desert. Not much out there, really. I think to enjoy living there you would really have to enjoy the isolation. Palm Springs would be the closest "city," LA is within a day's drive, but that's still a LOT of driving. I'd suggest asking on the California forum, in fact, I think there have been several threads about 29 Palms.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks! I did ask....twice. No one wants to even talk about it, or hardly anyone has experienced it! Its like pulling teeth! Thanks.
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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Calling all desert rats out there! What is your favorite desert in the USA? Where are your favorite spots? Which southwestern state do you think deserves the title "King of the Desert"?

I love them all-- hard to choose! If I had to name my top five places/parks in the desert, I'd say:
1. Arches National Park. Nuff said.
2. Catalina Mountains (just outside of Tucson, AZ)-- wow!
3. Amboy, CA-- some of the most desolate-- and beautiful land you can ever imagine. The drive from Palm Springs to Vegas going through the back roads takes you through Joshua trees and enormous salt flats.
4. Just outside of Santa Fe, NM-- pinion and juniper land (okay, semi-arid, but close enough).
5. Great Basin National Park (Baker, NV)-- I've actually never been there but I really want to go, it looks amazing.

Overall, I'd say Arizona deserves the title of "King of the Desert."

edit: (I screwed up the poll, I meant SW Utah)
I agree, SW Utah is hard to beat. Zions, Arches, Canyonlands, it's all spectacular. I think a lot of people overlook it because it's in Utah, and many people are too afraid of venturing into Mormonland, so they stick to Arizona and New Mexico when they want to see beautiful desert landscapes.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:36 PM
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I like the 4 corners area; Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, etc. Beautiful country and not quite so HOT as some of the others.
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:52 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Chihuahuan Desert is my favorite,around Elephant Butte lake to Las Cruces,New Mexico to El Paso,Texas, ya gotta like it.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Another vote for the Chihuahuan Desert. I love the mountains and flora in that region. Not too hot either, at least compared to the Sonoran Desert region.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I love the Saguaro cactuses that are found throughout the Sonoran desert. Of course, Saguaro NP is a great park to experience the Sonoran desert. But for a truly incredible desert experience, I keep returning to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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oooh yeah, you know I have been to Monument Valley and four corners....beautiful, and very spiritual feeling too. I saw wild horses there. Best sunset ever too.
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