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Welcome to the California Deserts! Explore a land of hidden oases and canyons, towering snow-capped mountains, and sweeping panoramas that conjure tales of early California and the Old West while giving way to modern escapes and amenities.

Unlike anywhere else in the state, or for that matter the world, the California Deserts are a theme park unto its own. The region lures visitors to elevations of thousands of feet above to more than 280 feet/85 m below sea level, offers health and wellness in the natural hot mineral waters that bubble to its surface, and lays claim to hundreds of old mines and ghost towns hidden in its mysterious hills and valleys. To download your official desert region map, click here 

In partnership with Visit California, Visit Greater Palm Springs invites you to explore the individual regions of the California Deserts and discover a world you possibly never knew existed — one that is vibrant yet remote, colorful and camouflaged, rustic but luxurious — providing a magnificence found only in The Golden State. For more highlights on California Deserts, see our downloadable flyer here. 

For restaurants, art galleries and stores, we recommend that you check with each establishment for hours of operation and or potential closures when making plans.

EXPLORE THE DESERT REGIONS

Northern

Remarkable in its diversity, the Northern Desert contains some of North...

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Central

The fascinating topography of the Central Desert reveals a region of immense beauty,...

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Southern

Bordering Arizona to the east and Mexico to the south, the Southern Desert is a...

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