High Desert Conservation
Drive just a couple of hours southeast from L.A., and you’re enveloped in a pristine, stark landscape with Zen-like beauty — the high desert of the Morongo Basin and the surrounding foothills. The wild-lands here encompass a million-plus-acre patchwork of public, nonprofit, and private lands. Stacks of monzogranite formed 100 million years ago rise above otherworldly, bristly Joshua trees and incongruous palm oases. It’s possible to see a coyote, a roadrunner, and a desert tortoise all within the same week.
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