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  • Address: California, USA
Much cooler and higher than the neighboring Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran Desert to the south, the Mojave Desert is considered a rain shadow area, which occurs when an area of land is forced to become a desert due to mountains that block out rain that would otherwise allow most plants to grow. The Mojave Desert spans across a large region of southeastern California and through portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah. In total, it encompasses more than 25,000 square miles of land. 
 
The most notable areas by name are the Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks. The area also includes Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Mojave National Preserve, meaning 
the Mojave Desert is home to an array of stunning, protected areas. The desert sits between 3,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation, much higher than the nearby Sonoran Desert. The elevation keeps temperatures slightly cooler. Visitors are primarily drawn to the area for natural recreation and to see the nearly 200 endemic plant species that only exist in the Mojave. 

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While mostly sparsely populated land, the Mojave Desert is home to a few larger cities, including Las Vegas. Some of the most popular tourist attractions—in addition to the national parks—include the Hoover Dam, the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, Calif., and the Kelso 
Dunes. When traveling in the desert, always make sure to carry plenty of water and sunscreen. 

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas with Champagne Picnic, Las Vegas, null
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas with Champagne Picnic

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Fly by helicopter to the Grand Canyon, and descend to the canyon floor for a Champagne picnic 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below the West Rim. Choose an early ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3.5-4 hours approx. (Las Vegas departure)
4-4.5 hours approx. (Boulder City departure)

From USD $379.99
Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure, Las Vegas, Helicopter Tours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure

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Grab your camera and get ready for a day out at the Grand Canyon West Rim! After pickup from your Las Vegas hotel you'll set out for a scenic drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $228.99
The Earthquake Canyon Bike Express, Palm Springs, Day Trips
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The Earthquake Canyon Bike Express

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Embark on a scenic 20-mile (32-km) bike tour through Palm Desert! Descending through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone between the Colorado Desert and ...  Read more

Location: Palm Desert, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Grand Canyon Flight and Valley of Fire Landing by Helicopter, Las Vegas, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Grand Canyon Flight and Valley of Fire Landing by Helicopter

Cover the most ground in the shortest amount of time with this helicopter tour. You'll fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and then follow the Colorado River ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $498.99

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