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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Jan 29, 2013 9:04PM
If you come on that road heading west from Delta, Utah, be sure to carry plenty of water, know how to change a tire and don't go off-roading unless you know what you are doing.   When you get to Ely, NV, look fort he "ghost train."
Jan 29, 2013 8:58PM
next time i'm in vegas i'm going for a drive!!!!!
Jan 29, 2013 8:53PM

Best advice, pack your protection on the Saguaro drive .

The homeless and mules will strip you clean.

Jan 29, 2013 8:45PM
Did ya look at Picture number 2? Where did the road go? It was there yesterday on my way to work! Damn I'm buying a 4X4 next time!
Jan 29, 2013 8:40PM
I haven't lived in Vegas in a long time now, but I think you've got these backwards. The Valley of Fire is in Utah on the way to Zion, the Red Rock Loop is just outside of Vegas.  I spent a LOT of time on the Loop between 1980 and 1993.  Double check with locals; I think you might have mixed them up.
Jan 29, 2013 8:35PM
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Jan 29, 2013 8:32PM
Awesome, Valley of Fire was terrific!  Lots of great scenery.  Come back to Vegas at sundown and see the lights of the city come on.  You will enjoy this excursion...take a picnic lunch and feed the  little ground squirrels....
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