High desert

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High deserts are inland high-elevation (commonly 2,000 feet (610 m) or more above sea level) deserts of the western United States, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. Examples of high deserts in North America include the Great Basin Desert and the Mojave Desert.


  • High Desert, Albuquerque, New Mexico, a development in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • High Desert (California), an area encompassing north Los Angeles County, north San Bernardino County, and Kern County, California. The High Desert includes cities such a as Palmdale, Barstow, Victorville and Apple Valley.
  • High Desert (Oregon), an area in eastern Oregon, United States
  • Colorado Plateau, a high desert area in the United States of 337,000 km2 (130,000 mi2) in western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, southern and eastern Utah, and northern Arizona.