Low Desert

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Gateway to Palm Springs, California as seen from above California State Route 62 in the Sonoran Desert, California.

The Low Desert (colloquially referred to as the Desert within the region) is a common name for any desert in California that is under 2,000 feet (609.6 m) in altitude. These areas include, but are not exclusive to, the Colorado Desert and Yuha Desert branches of the Sonoran Desert, in the far southeasternmost portion of Southern California. The Low Desert is distinguished in biogeography from the adjacent northern High Desert or Mojave Desert by latitude, elevation, animal life, climate, and native plant communities.[1][2]


The cities and towns in the Low Desert include:

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Wildlife refuges and wilderness areas[edit]

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  1. ^ Deserts at California Natural Resources Agency web site Archived 2013-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "California Deserts 101: High Desert vs Low Desert". Sand-boarding.com. Retrieved 12 June 2023.