California Deserts Visitor Information

Imperial Valley and Colorado River

In the Imperial Valley, go boating, fishing, and bird-watching at the saltier-than-the-ocean Salton Sea. Or, gather rocks and fossils at the Imperial Sand Dunes. Along the eastern border, boat through the spectacular Topock Gorge or houseboat, water-ski, and fish on Lake Havasu. To add a historical perspective to your trip, head south to Blythe to contemplate the intaglios – centuries-old giant figures carved into the earth by Native Americans.

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Top Attractions in the Deserts Area

Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, Death Valley Junction
Boomers, Palm Springs
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, Desert Hot Springs
Death Valley National Park
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Joshua Tree National Park
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert
Mitchell Caverns
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs

Activities in the Deserts Area

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Located in Palm Springs, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a not-for-profit organization that preserves, interprets, …
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Borrego Palm Canyon Hike

Borrego Palm Canyon is the third-largest palm oasis in California, and was the first site …
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California’s Colorful History

Explore California’s colorful historical past in this journey through the southwest. Trip Length: 2 days …
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Creatures Abound in Borrego Springs

Ricardo Breceda, artist/sculptor, has been creating his metal animal kingdom, since the release of the …
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Desert Museums

No Visit to a California destination would be complete without visiting one of the many …
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Enjoy a Sunset at Fonts Point

If you don’t mind a bit of sand and driving over 3 miles of wash …
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