We very much enjoyed our journey through the Mojave Desert while traveling from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park! It was so freeing!This desert is found mostly in Nevada and California. It stretches up a bit up into Utah and down to Arizona near Havasu, which was actually experiencing flooding during our visit. Definitely check the weather before making the joinery!Highways that cross the Mojave are Interstate 15, Interstate 40, U.S. Route 95, U.S. Route 395 and California State Route 58.Mojave is one of extremes. You can experience trekking 200 plus miles below sea level at the hottest place in North America, Death Valley, to rising about 12,000 ft at Charleston Peak.Temps in the winter are comfortable in the ’70s, but can soar to 120 plus degrees in the summer!! It was 109 degrees when we visited later in the day in August. Plan accordingly! Always have gallons of water on hand and a full tank of gas.The Mojave has many different recreation areas and parks within its borders. It also has many deserted towns left from the gold and silver mining days, as well as abandoned places along Old Route 66 aka Route 40.The roads and landscapes were completely desolate. We were the only ones on the road for miles and miles! It was awesome! My little one even ran around au naturale because, well, she could. LOVE our little wild child! What a thrill!We made many stops to explore, look for rattles and roadrunners, which I didn’t realize were actually real animals, not just something depicted in a cartoon 🙂
Did you know Mojave is home to over 40 different wildlife species? You never know what you’ll see here!We also stopped to take some photos with Joshua Trees which strictly grow in this area. I didn’t realize we would be seeing them before actually entering the park of the same name. It was a great taste of things to come for us! Despite the high temps, we opened the windows, blasted music, and enjoyed the sun setting in our own private oasis. It was so memorable and something we all recommend doing if you’re in the area!
Wander often, wonder always!