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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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Great experience, need to...
Jada_J, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Great experience, need to add more practice rounds for people who have never rode before. It was extremely hot so make sure u eat and hydrate before riding. Don was amazing and i felt safe going into to desert with him
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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.
star-5
ATV ride some much fun!
latonya_w, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Our tour guide was Don. He did an excellent job. Make sure you bring your water it hot out there in the desert. Also you will get dirty
star-5
Great experience
Michael_S, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Being together as a large group experiencing something new. Such a great experience and our tour guide, Bryant was extremely knowledgable and patient
star-4
If it just went by guide...
Rj_M, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
If it just went by guide Don it would 5 star! The sudden high price hike is stupid! $110 to $135 and then to $175 in 1 day with no notice until after you start booking. Stupid, half over half our party did not make it because of.
star-5
Our guide Don was amazing...
Clayton_C, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Our guide Don was amazing 👌👌 we loved our quad tour and amazing service. We would do it again for sure
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Don Kim. Great tour.. ...
Phillis_P, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Don Kim. Great tour.. Telling us history and showing us landmarks along the way. Made it very fun and memorable
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Not exciting the tour guide Jose was great. Overall not fun driving 5mph
peter_C, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
None really. Just boring riding super slow following the slowest person. Overall wouldn't recommend.
star-5
Great
Billy_G, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Had a great time was hotter than I expected but still was fun the instructor was very cool and funny I would recommend for everyone to take the ride
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Bae and Bikes
Tiffany_W, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
This was an amazing experience!! I would recommend doing 2 hours, it’s hot!!!! It was a lot of fun and if you have big hair, well they can accommodate it- lol
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Riding in the Dessert with Dustin
Anthony_H, Jun 2022
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
The tour was great. Most memorable part was riding ATV fully through the desert. Was very hot and enjoyable. Dustin was a great tour guide
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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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