10 great desert drives in the U.S.
You’d be hard-pressed to find scenery more spectacular and awe-inspiring than the American desert. According to Stewart Green, author of several books on scenic drives, including “Scenic Driving Arizona” and “Scenic Driving Colorado,” the United States has five main — and very different — deserts: the Chihuahuan, the Sonoran, the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. All are characterized by different rock formations, cactus and color. One thing’s for certain: All are stunning and unique to the American West.
Text by Tricia Romano | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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We have traveled half of the tours identified and just truly enjoyed all that we seen, especially the White Sands. I can only say after reading the comments, Bobby needs to find a dark hole in the yard and crawl in and pull the dirt in behind you, we will miss you
DennyJ Knoxville Iowa
Drive I-10 from Las Cruces, NM to Tucson, AZ. 300 miles of wonderfully changing desert as you move from the Chihuahuan Desert to the Sonoran Desert.
Another great drive is Tucson's Ajo Way . Exit Ajo Way off I-17 South and head west to Why, then north to I-8 and Gila Bend.
The article did not mention the Salton Seaway from Borrego Springs to Salton City.
Also, drive SB SR 111 from Coachella to Brawley along the North Shore of the Salton Sea.
To Bobby Watts Having traveled the Apache Trail several times in both directions, I would have to say the only MORON would be someone who who would deny the sublime natural beauty and make derogatory statements about the area. Perhaps those terrible animals that nature provides scared the moron . The lack of guard rails that makes one slow down and drive carefully (which does allow more scenery to be enjoyed) might cause some morons fear and concern because of their lack of driving skills. Myself, I love the drive.
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