Calico Basin in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas
The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is endemic and exclusive to the Mojave Desert.
Mexico in 1824. Alta California included today's Nevada.
A desert tortoise, which can be found in the Mojave Desert
Sculpture representing a steam locomotive, in Ely, Nevada. Early locomotives played an important part in Nevada's mining industry.
A typical Mojave Desert valley and city: Indian Wells Valley and Ridgecrest, California
Nevada territory in 1861
A typical desert scene near the Searles, California area, January 2019
Mountains west of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert
A Mojave Desert nautical twilight, in Johnson Valley, California
A valley near Pyramid Lake
Death Valley national park, a popular tourist attraction in the Mojave Desert
Topographic map of Nevada
An image of Joshua Tree National park, a popular tourist attraction in the Mojave Desert
Little Finland rock formation in Nevada
A field of California poppies in the California Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley
Köppen climate types of Nevada, using 1991-2020 climate normals.
A depiction of cassia armata, which is particularly characteristic of the Mojave
The Las Vegas Strip looking South
California Dalea, an indicator species of the Mojave Desert
Carson City Mint in Carson City. Carson City is an independent city and the capital of Nevada.
Goldenhead (Acamptopappus shockleyi) an indicator species of the Mojave
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Calico basin
Silver cholla (Opuntia echinocarpa), a common species of cacti in the Mojave
Great Basin National Park
A creosote bush, which is common in the Mojave
The quartzite of Doso Doyabi in Great Basin National Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Mount Charleston
Population density map of Nevada
The Winnemucca Sand Dunes, north of Winnemucca
Downtown Reno
East Las Vegas suburbs
Nevada quarter
MGM Grand, with sign promoting it as The City of Entertainment
Lake Tahoe on the Nevada–California border
Goldstrike (Post-Betze) Mine in the Carlin Trend, the largest Carlin-type deposit in the world, containing more than 35000000 ozt gold
Cattle near the Bruneau River in Elko County
Ranching in Washoe County
State route shield
U.S. Route50, also known as "The Loneliest Road in America"
The Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City
The courthouse of the Supreme Court of Nevada
A map that details the federal land in southern Nevada, showing Nellis Air Force Base Complex and Nevada Test Site

It is located primarily in southeastern California and southwestern Nevada, with small portions extending into Arizona and Utah.

- Mojave Desert

Areas south of the Great Basin are within the Mojave Desert, while Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada lie on the western edge.

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Colorado River

One of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

One of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Colorado River in the Grand Canyon seen from Pima Point, near Hermit's Rest
Satellite view of the Colorado River valley near Yuma, Arizona; interstate 8 runs from left to right just below center.
Colorado River as it exits the United States into Mexico beneath the San Luis Colorado-Colonia Miguel Aléman Bridge (September 2009)
The San Juan River near Mexican Hat, Utah
The Green River at Mineral Bottom, just north of Canyonlands National Park
Annual Colorado River discharge volumes at Lee's Ferry between 1895 and 2004
Map showing the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin, and adjacent areas supplied by Colorado River water.
The Black Suspension Bridge crosses the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch, Arizona.
Remnants of basalt flows from the Uinkaret volcanic field are seen here descending into the Grand Canyon, where they dammed the Colorado over 10 times in the past 2 million years.
Navajo woman and child, photographed by Ansel Adams, c. 1944
Pueblos and cliff dwellings such as this one in New Mexico were inhabited by people of the Colorado River basin between 2,000 and 700 years ago.
Two Mohave warriors beside the Colorado River in 1871
La conquista del Colorado, by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau, depicts Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's 1540–1542 expedition
Coronado Sets Out to the North, by Frederic Remington, c. 1905
Lithograph of Fort Yuma, c. 1875
Marble Canyon, one of the many gorges that Powell's expedition traversed
The steamboat Mohave No. 2 at Yuma, c. 1876
John D. Lee, date and photographer unknown. He established a permanent ferry across the Colorado.
Harrison Gray Otis, president of the Colorado River Land Company
Hoover Dam releasing water in 1998
The Grand Ditch, one of the earliest water diversions of the Colorado River, is still in use today.
Hoover Dam under construction, 1934
The Imperial Dam (bottom right) diverts water into the All-American Canal (center) running towards Imperial Valley.
Glen Canyon Dam, the largest dam of the Colorado River Storage Project
The main canal of the Central Arizona Project, crossing the Sonoran Desert
Lake Mead in 2010, showing the "bathtub ring" left behind by low water levels
Heavily forested banks of the Colorado River near Topock, Arizona
The Colorado was named for the reddish color caused by its natural sediment loads, but damming the river has caused it to acquire a clear green hue as seen here in lower Glen Canyon.
A rafting party on the Colorado River

Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border.

About 72 percent of the Colorado River Basin is classified as arid, with the Sonoran and Mojave deserts covering the southern portion and the Colorado Plateau encompassing much of the central portion.

California

State in the Western United States.

State in the Western United States.

A map of California tribal groups and languages at the time of European contact
The coat of arms granted to the Californias by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza
Mission San Diego de Alcalá drawn as it was in 1848. Established in 1769, it was the first of the California Missions.
Map showing Alta California in 1838, when it was a sparsely populated Mexican province
The flag used by Juan Bautista Alvarado's 1836 movement for Californian independence
The Russians from Alaska established their largest settlement in California, Fort Ross, in 1812.
The Bear Flag of the California Republic was first raised in Sonoma in 1846 during the Bear Flag Revolt.
Yokayo, a village of Pomo people in Ukiah (Mendocino County), c. 1916
Hollywood film studios, 1922
The "Birthplace of Silicon Valley" garage, where Stanford University graduates Bill Hewlett and David Packard developed their first product in the 1930s
A topographic map of California
Big Sur coast, south of Monterey at Bixby Bridge
Yosemite National Park
Cylindropuntia bigelovii in the Joshua Tree National Park
Köppen climate types in California
Death Valley, in the Mojave Desert
Five of the twenty largest wildfires in California history were part of the 2020 wildfire season.
A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in Joshua Tree
A forest of redwood trees in Redwood National Park
Sea otter in Morro Bay, California
Mission San Diego de Alcalá, first of the Spanish missions in California
Sunset at Venice Beach
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
Torrance High School, one of the oldest high schools in continuous use in California
The University of California, Berkeley is the first and oldest campus of the UC system.
The Claremont Colleges east of L.A. include some of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
A tree map depicting the distribution of occupations across California
Orange Grove outside of Santa Paula
The Googleplex in Mountain View, California, is the corporate headquarters of Google. Silicon Valley is a center for the global technology industry.
Economic regions of California
Moss Landing Power Plant, located on the coast of Monterey Bay
Solar Energy Generating Systems, located in the Mojave Desert
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange in Los Angeles, one of California's tall "stack" interchanges
Map of California showing the primary roadways
Amtrak California train in Pinole
Aerial view of the Delta–Mendota Canal (left) and the California Aqueduct, at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy
California budget 2022-2023
The California State Capitol in Sacramento
Democrats Jerry Brown and Eric Garcetti. Brown served twice as Governor of California and Garcetti is currently serving as Mayor of Los Angeles.
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Köppen climate types in California
The famous Tunnel tree at Yosemite National Park in May of 2022

California borders Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; and has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the west.

The state's extremely diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast and metropolitan areas in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east, and from the redwood and Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast.

Utah

State in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States.

State in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States.

Map showing Utah in 1838 when it was part of Mexico, Britannica 7th edition
Brigham Young led the first Mormon pioneers to the Great Salt Lake.
A sketch of Salt Lake City in 1860
Deseret Village recreates Utah pioneer life for tourists.
The Golden Spike where the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed in the U.S. on May 10, 1869, in Promontory, Utah
Children reading in Santa Clara, Utah, in 1940
Utah county boundaries
Köppen climate types of Utah, using 1991-2020 climate normals.
Snow in Rose Park, Salt Lake City
The Rocky Mountain elk is the Utah state mammal.
The California gull is the Utah state bird.
Western black widow spider
Pando, considered one of the heaviest and oldest organisms on Earth.
Joshua trees, yuccas, and cholla cactus occupy the far southwest corner of the state in the Mojave Desert
"Welcome to Utah" sign
Utah population density map
The LDS Salt Lake Temple, the primary attraction in the city's Temple Square
First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City
Sri Sri Radha Krishna (Hindu) Temple
The Wasatch Front region has seen large growth and development despite the economic downturn. Shown is the City Creek Center project, a development in downtown Salt Lake City with a price tag of $1.5–2.5 billion.
One out of every 14 flash memory chips in the world is produced in Lehi, Utah.
Zion National Park in southern Utah is one of five national parks in the state.
Farms and ranches
Bryce Canyon National Park Amphitheater (winter view)
Mining has been a large industry in Utah since it was first settled. The Bingham Canyon Mine in Salt Lake County is one of the largest open pit mines in the world.
Salt Lake International Airport is the largest airport in Utah
FrontRunner commuter rail serves select cities from Ogden to Provo via Salt Lake City.
TRAX light rail serves Salt Lake County
Jake Garn (top-right), former Senator of Utah (1974–1993), and astronaut on Space Shuttle flight STS-51-D
The Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City
The Scott Matheson Courthouse is the seat of the Utah Supreme Court.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City
The Eyring Science Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
The Utah Jazz playing against the Houston Rockets
Robbie Russell playing for Real Salt Lake
Arches National Park
Pariette Wetlands
Little Cottonwood Canyon
Deer Creek Reservoir
American Fork Canyon
Kolob Canyons at Zion National Park
Salt Lake City
Logan
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Park City
Provo
Sandy
St. George
Layton
Monument Valley in southeastern Utah. This area was used to film many Hollywood Westerns.
The otherworldly look of the Bonneville Salt Flats has been used in many movies and commercials.

Utah is a landlocked U.S. state bordered to its east by Colorado, to its northeast by Wyoming, to its north by Idaho, to its south by Arizona, and to its west by Nevada.

Beaverdam Wash in far southwestern Utah is the lowest point in the state, at 2,000 ft. The northernmost portion of the Mojave Desert is also located in this area.

Las Vegas

Southern Paiutes at Moapa wearing traditional Paiute basket hats with Paiute cradleboard and rabbit robe
Golden Nugget and Pioneer Club along Fremont Street in 1952
This view of downtown Las Vegas shows a mushroom cloud in the background. Scenes such as this were typical during the 1950s. From 1951 to 1962, the government conducted 100 atmospheric tests at the nearby Nevada Test Site.
Fremont Street in the late 1960s
Astronaut photograph of Las Vegas at night
Downtown Las Vegas with Red Rock Canyon in the background
Desert scene at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the Las Vegas area
Spring flowers at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the Las Vegas area
The entrance to the community of Summerlin
Affluent neighborhoods are located throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Above is the entrance to MacDonald Highlands.
Map of racial distribution in Las Vegas, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, welcoming tourists to the city
World Market Center Building A
The Golden Nugget Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip, primarily located in Paradise
A view of the Las Vegas Valley looking north from the Stratosphere Tower
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts & Discovery Museum
Symphony Park in Downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas City Hall in downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal sign
Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) provides public bus transportation.
Harry Reid International Airport provides private and public aviation services to the city.
Inside Terminal 3 at Harry Reid International Airport in Paradise

Las Vegas (Spanish for "The Meadows"), often known simply as Vegas, is the 26th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert.

Kearsarge Lakes Basin is named after the USS Kearsarge

Sierra Nevada

Mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.

Mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.

Kearsarge Lakes Basin is named after the USS Kearsarge
The Sierra hosts many waterways, such as the Tuolumne River.
Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the range and the contiguous United States
Mount Tallac above Lake Tahoe
View of Sequoia National Park from Moro Rock
Sevehah Cliff, near Convict Lake, shows severely deformed Devonian rock
Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park was carved by glaciers
Red Slate Mountain (elevation 13156 ft) is still covered with snow in June.
Tuolumne Meadows is an example of a subalpine meadow in the Sierra.
John Frémont was an early American explorer of the Sierra
Map of gold fields in the Sierra
The exploration team for the California Geological Survey, 1864
The General Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, is the world's largest tree by volume.

The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada.

It is bounded on the west by California's Central Valley, on the east by the Basin and Range Province, and on the southeast by the Mojave Desert.

Mohave ceramic figurine with red slip and earrings, pre-1912, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Mohave people

Mohave ceramic figurine with red slip and earrings, pre-1912, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
1851 drawing of Mohavi men and women made by Lorenzo Sitgreaves' topographical mission across Arizona in 1851.
Chiefs Irataba and Cairook, with Mohave woman, by Balduin Möllhausen (1856)
Charley-Arri-Wa-Wa (Mohave), 1872
Mosa (Mojave girl), 1903, photograph by Edward Curtis
Two Mojave girls standing in front of a small dwelling with a thatched roof, 1900
Two Mojave Indian women playing a game (fortune-telling with bones?), ca.1900

Mohave or Mojave (Mojave: 'Aha Makhav) are a Native American people indigenous to the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert.

The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation includes territory within the borders of California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam
Rock formations near Echo Bay
Satellite image of Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U.S. national recreation area in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.

Three of the four desert ecosystems found in the United States — the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin Desert, and the Sonoran Desert — meet in Lake Mead NRA.

Pahrump, Nevada

View of the mountains from town
Night aerial view of Pahrump from the southwest, with the downtown intersection of Nevada routes 160 and 372 at the bright center
Government offices for Pahrump

Pahrump is an unincorporated town located at the southernmost tip of Nye County, Nevada, United States, about 62 mi west of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The area lies in the Mojave Desert.

A cross section through the highest and lowest points in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

A cross section through the highest and lowest points in Death Valley National Park
Telescope Peak
Lake Badwater, March 2005
The Death Valley basin is filled with sediment (light yellow) eroded from the surrounding mountains. Black lines show some of the major faults that created the valley.
The Noonday Dolomite was formed as a carbonate shelf after the break-up of Rodinia.
timescale image
The Lake Manly lake system as it might have looked during its last maximum extent 22,000 years ago (USGS image)
During very wet periods, the Amargosa River can flow at the surface, as it did in February 2005.
Petroglyphs above Mesquite Springs
Historical locomotive for transporting borax in Death Valley
A twenty-mule team in Death Valley
Scotty's Castle under construction
Civilian Conservation Corps workers in Death Valley
Telescope and Wildrose Peaks from Emigrant Canyon Road
Sphinx moth on a rock nettle in Mosaic Canyon
Death Valley pupfish spawning in Salt Creek
A tourist sliding down Star Dune in the Mesquite Flat dune field
A 360-degree panorama of Racetrack Playa at night. The Milky Way is visible as an arc in the center.

Death Valley National Park is an American national park that straddles the California–Nevada border, east of the Sierra Nevada.

The park occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts, protecting the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and its diverse environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons and mountains.

Larrea tridentata

Larrea tridentata, called creosote bush and greasewood as a plant, chaparral as a medicinal herb, and gobernadora (Spanish for "governess") in Mexico, due to its ability to secure more water by inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.

Larrea tridentata, called creosote bush and greasewood as a plant, chaparral as a medicinal herb, and gobernadora (Spanish for "governess") in Mexico, due to its ability to secure more water by inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.

L. tridentata in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Stages of creosote flower development, from bud (left) to seeds (right)
King Clone, the 11,700-year-old creosote bush ring in the Mojave Desert
Large creosote bush, Death Valley
A young L. tridentata plant
An L. tridentata flower

Larrea tridentata is a prominent species in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts of western North America, and its range includes those and other regions in portions of southeastern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, New Mexico, and Texas in the United States, and Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Zacatecas, Durango and San Luis Potosì in Mexico.