The United States is a continent in itself, where all kinds of landscapes and climatic zones abound. Logically, among that wide range of natural spaces, desert areas could not be missing. But as a curious fact, those American deserts are concentrated only in an area of its vast territory: the west. All the impressive places that we are going to show you now are concentrated in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.
The most incredible deserts in the United States
In any of these deserts in the United States, life becomes difficult for humans and is only possible for animals and plants that are exceptionally gifted to survive in these habitats. But nevertheless, its climate, its geology and the vegetation that sometimes makes them unique landscapes and, therefore, worthy of being preserved. In fact, some of the areas that we are going to name are National Parks.
1. Monument Valley
We will start with landscapes that, in reality, are the result of an ancient desert. In fact, it can be considered to be a fossilized desert where the passage of millennia has carved suggestive formationswhich continue to continuously carve wind, rain and weather agents.Monument Valley - Jane Rix
Of course, the beauty of the huge sandstone towers that rise on the border between the states of Utah and Arizona is unquestionable. Anyone who visits it and is a lover of photography here will find frames of the most attractive.
Those frames and snapshots will be much richer if you have a little film culture. In fact, surely these they are the most famous film landscapes in the world. If they come to mind Westerns by John Wayne and John Ford, we are sure to place them in these dreamlike and legendary landscapes.
2. Mojave Desert
If Monument Valley is famous for cinema, there is a Mojave desert tree internationally known for rock and roll, it is "The Joshua Tree". A tree that gave title to the most mythical album of U2. It is curious to see how every year, followers of the Irish group travel through desert lands until they reach it.Joshua Tree, Mojave Desert - Jane Rix
The truth is that it seems a miracle that there are such plants, since here it rains very little throughout the year. But nevertheless, there are almost 1,800 plant species adapted to this aridity and the enormous heat, that in some parts of this desert it is so infernal that it makes the true Death Valley exist here.
However, the Mojave Desert is wider and occupies lands of several states, from Utah to Arizona and from California to Nevada. By the way, If you take the mythical trip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas by road, much of this tour will be done through this desert, whose name is due to the Mojave indigenous ethnicity.
"What gives beauty to the desert is that it hides a water hole somewhere."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry-
3. Desert of the 2,000 giant arches
The most visited area of this desert in Utah is the Arches National Park, where thousands of sandstone rock arches carved by the constant erosion action are protected. And we say they protect themselves because the very nature of these arches causes the passage of time to destroy their fragile equilibria and collapse.Arches National Park - IrinaK
Among all of them, the most spectacular are within a route through the park. The best known is the Double Arch, in the area of The Windows. In that area there are also places as unique as Park Avenue, which paradoxically is a large rock wall, or the Courthouse Towers, a series of rocky needles of great beauty.
However, the park is much larger and offers varied walks, for example up to Landscape Arch, considered the largest natural arch in the world.
4. Desert of the White Sands
The great peculiarity of This desert of the state of New Mexico is made of gypsum sand, so it may seem that it is always snowy, although there is a hot heat. This is a unique place for several reasons: for its dimensions, its material and its beautyDesert of the White Sands - lphoto
As for its dimensions, It is the largest gypsum sand field in the world. Regarding its materials, the truth is that it is very difficult to see the plaster in the form of sand, given its ability to become soluble in water. However here it is seen in tiny crystallized grains.
Precisely this material gives it its characteristic white color and its aesthetics, which is also always changing, since gypsum sand dunes are formed that wind is moving.
5. Colorado Desert
The Colorado desert in California is like the extension of the Mexican desert of Sonora. One of its qualities is that part of its almost 30,000 square kilometers of extension is below sea level.Colorado Desert - Oscity
However, what characterizes these lands are their temperatures. The average throughout the year, exceeds 30 degrees, but the maximum temperatures can approach 50, while the minimum can also be 0. And all this with little rain.
In short, somevery hard lands for human life, but very beautiful, with really different places, such as the area of the sand dunes of Algodones, or the places full of giant cacti in the Yuma area.