List of North American deserts
This list of North American deserts identifies areas of the continent which receive less than 10 in (250 mm) annual precipitation.
- The Chihuahuan Desert – the largest desert in North America, located in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico
- The Sonoran Desert – a desert located in the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. It is the second largest desert in North America
- The Great Basin Desert – located within the Great Basin, it is commonly mistaken as the largest desert in North America due to confusion between the area of the Great Basin and the area of the Great Basin Desert
- The Mojave Desert – the hottest desert in North America, located primarily in southeastern California
Canada has a few small "deserts" such as the Nk'mip Desert, which is actually shrub steppe. Another "desert" near Carcross, Yukon is commonly called a desert, but it is not a true desert, rather an area of northern sand dunes.
(Listed from north to south)
- Western Canada
- Carcross Desert, small "desert" in the Yukon, only 2.6 kilometers across. It has cold winters and very hot summers. Too humid to be a true desert.
- Fraser Canyon - the landscape of the Fraser Canyon is severely arid from just south of Lytton upstream as far as the city of Williams Lake.
- Thompson Country - the southern Thompson Country, comprising the immediate banks of the Thompson River between the city of Kamloops and the village of Lytton, has a range of desert-like terrain and climates.
- Nk'mip Desert, small arid area in British Columbia. Claimed to be Canada's only "true" hot desert, but actually shrub steppe and, like other "deserts" in BC, is a northward extension of the Columbia Plateau (ecoregion).
- Washington - Idaho - Wyoming - Oregon
- Much of the Columbia Plateau (ecoregion) is desert, such as the
- Most of the Snake River Plain (ecoregion) is sagebrush steppe, but barren lava fields form small deserts, such as
- The Wyoming Basin (ecoregion) is dominated by arid grasslands and shrub steppe, but also contains the
- Owyhee Desert, in southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada, and southeastern Oregon.
- Yp Desert, a portion of the Owyhee Desert in Idaho
- Alvord Desert, a dry lake in eastern Oregon
- Oregon High Desert, aka "Great Sandy Desert", eastern Oregon
- Great Basin Desert - Nevada, dominated by sagebrush steppe
- The Colorado Plateau is dominated by pinyon-juniper woodlands, but contains desert areas where unfavorable soil conditions exist:
- Mojave Desert - California (the High Desert); and parts of western Arizona and southern Nevada.
- Sonoran Desert
- Colorado Desert, Southern California (the Low Desert)
- Yuma Desert, southwest Arizona
- Lechuguilla Desert, southwest Arizona
- Tule Desert (Arizona) and Sonora, Mexico
- Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora, Mexico
- Baja California Desert, State of Baja California, Mexico
- Vizcaíno Desert, central State of Baja California, Mexico
- Chihuahuan Desert
- North American Deserts in List of ecoregions in the United States (EPA)
- North American Deserts in List of ecoregions in North America (CEC)
- List of deserts
- Semi-arid climate
- Desert Region of California
- Great American Desert
- Desert of Maine