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California Regions: Desert Cities


Barstow  |  Borrego Springs  |   Calexico  |  Calico   |   Death Valley  |  Palm Desert  |  Palm Springs  |  Valley Wells  |  Yermo



california regions mapIMPERIAL COUNTY is typically hot and dry, especially in the summer months, with quite a following among RV tourists who go to places such as Holtville in the springtime to enjoy the pleasant weather season. Known as the import / export land gateway to Mexico, this is where much of the products enter California from Mexico. Most of Imperial County is considered desert. Imperial County is bounded by the counties of San Diego and Riverside, and it also shares borders with the state of Arizona. Cities in Imperial County include:

Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial and Westmorland


INYO COUNTY is over 90% government operated land of the National Parks Services.  It contains the highest mountain, Mt. Whitney, and lowest elevation, Death Valley's Badwater.

Death Valley


KERN COUNTY is mostly comprised of the Central Valley and mountain regions of California, but one small area of the county contains what is considered a desert in Ridgecrest. Located near China Lake, known as a test site for advanced military projects, this arid area offers nearly 365 days of sunshine. Kern County is bordered by the counties of San Bernardino, Inyo, Tulare, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles.




RIVERSIDE COUNTY -  Many of California's desert cities and communities are located in the county of Riverside. While you don't normally associate "river-side" with a desert, the county is so large and diverse that not all of its land holdings are quite so arid. With 7,243 square miles of land and the 3rd largest for population of any county in California  (over 1,522,900 people), Riverside grew immensely during the housing boom, offering affordable move-in ready homes for those working near Los Angeles. The desert regions of Riverside are known for their hospitality and offer lots of entertainment to tourists. Aerial Tramway-Palm Springs, Mission Inn- Riverside, Los Angeles County Fair-Pomona, and countless activities and attractions make up this expansive area.  RIVERSIDE County was created in 1893 and derived its name from the City of Riverside. Riverside's desert cities include:

Blythe, Cathedral City, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, and Rancho Mirage.

desert mapSAN BERNARDINO COUNTY  features the state's  largest land mass at 20,164 square miles. Recreational Hiking, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Camping and Sports are part of this incredible adventure which includes deserts and mountains.    SAN BERNARDINO  was formed in 1853 and named for Saint Bernard, the patron saint of mountain passes. The name Bernardino means "bold as a bear." San Bernardino desert cities and communities include:

Barstow Calico, Valley Wells, and Yermo.


SAN DIEGO COUNTY shares a border with Mexico, includes the Pacific Ocean and the desert, making it one of California's most uniquely-diverse counties. While a portion of the county becomes the desert, this top beach vacation spot was formed in 1850 and was named in honor of San Diego de Alcala de Henares. San Diego's desert cities include: Borrego Springs.


Things to see and do in California desert region:

Joshua Tree show girls
Joshua Tree Swim Golf Casinos


Desert Vacations in California: Casinos, cuisine, fine hotels, golf courses, rock climbing, budget vacations and a peak season (November to April) and off season when the weather is extremely hot & dry (May to September) makes this a region with two different types of vacations. One is completely pleasant. The other requires some adjustment. You see why the desert dwellers mostly come out at night during the summer (daytime is just too hot). Hotel deals are cheapest then. The peak season can be a bit more expensive, but definitely worth it.


California desert region is located along the eastern portion of the state of California. With cool to mild winters and hot, dry summers, vacationing in the desert is most common in the months of November through May. By June, activities such as morning walks and evening strolls are best accomplished early or late, as the desert becomes very hot. The desert region contains several national parks attracting tourists from around the globe to see plants and wildlife unique to the region. Known as the vacation playground of the stars, Palm Strings & Palm Desert are a must-see on visit to California.




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