Joshua Tree National Park, California

The park is divided into two zones: the southern zone in the Colorado Desert, the hottest region at less than nine hundred feet above sea level, and the Mojave Desert, which is in the northern area and sits at a higher altitude. More moderate temperatures in summer and colder temperatures in winter create the perfect habitat for Joshua trees.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

The first flowers, with their delicate red and bright petals, bloomed at the tips of the tall branches. These flowers opened their buds, offering nectar and pollen to their pollinators. Hummingbirds and bees would soon be fluttering around them.

Salton Sea, California

For thousands of years, this valley has gone from being a desert to a lake and back to a desert several times, depending on the course of the Colorado River.