More about the Mojave Desert
The Mojave Desert is the driest and smallest of the North American deserts and was named after the Mohave tribe of Native Americans.
The Mojave Desert covers over 22,000 square miles (57,000 sq km) and stretches across parts of four States – Southeastern California, Southwestern Utah, Southern Nevada and Western Arizona.
The Tehachapi, San Gabriel and San Bernadino mountains border the Mojave’s Western edge. To the south is the hot Sonoran Desert, and the cooler Great Basin Desert lies to the north. Some scientists think that the Mojave isn’t really a desert, it’s just the land between these two other deserts.
There are several national parks in the area including the Mojave National Preserve, the Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley, which is the hottest place in North America.