California

Parks & Preserves

Here is a list of some of the national parks, state parks, preserves and wilderness areas found within the state.

Just north of the stunning Red Rock Canyon State Park, the El Paso Mountains...

Just south of the town of Ocotillo, right near the Mexican border can be...

The Fish Creek Wilderness lies to the east of Anza Borrego and southwest of...

Don't miss stopping by the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Envir....

The 25,000 acre Funeral Mountains Wilderness is stuck right to the eastern...

Joshua Tree National Park straddles two deserts--the higher Mojave Desert on...

The Golden Valley Wilderness, found to the northwest of Barstow CA is...

The Kelso Dunes Wilderness includes the Bristol Mountain area as well as...

At over 30,000 acres, the Granite Mountain Wilderness lies just to the east...

The Kiavah Wilderness is a plateau located south of Walker Pass in...

The 30,000 acre Grass Valley Wilderness is composed of a large valley with a...

The Kingston Range is almost 200,000 acres and lies between the Mojave...

Found north of Baker and Zzyzx is the Hollow Hills Wilderness area. This is...

The Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness, managed by the BLM, lies in the...

The 28,000 acre Ibex Wilderness lies in a thin section between southern...

South of Joshua Tree National Park, the lovely Mecca Hills Wilderness...

The Inyo Mountains Wilderness is located south of Lone Pine and between...

The Mojave National Preserve in California is a massive (1.6 million acres)...

Associated Plants

Below is a list of desert plants that are known to occur in the state. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.

Banana Yucca
Yucca baccata var. baccata
Banana Yucca plant in the desert
Big Galleta
Hilaria rigida
Big Galleta grass in the desert
Barrel Cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Barrel Cactus plant in the desert
Bigberry Manzanita
Arcostaphylos glauca
Bigberry Manzanita shrub in the desert
Bearded Cryptantha
Cryptantha barbigera
Bearded Cryptantha in the desert
Bigelow's Monkeyflower
Mimulus bigelovii
Bigelow's Monkeyflower wildflower in the desert
Beautiful Rockcress
Boechera pulchra
Beautiful Rockcress wildflower in the desert
Bigelow's Tickseed
Leptosyne bigelovii
Bigelow's Tickseed wildflower in the desert
Beautiful Woolly Sunflower
Eriophyllum ambiguum
Beautiful Woolly Sunflower wildflower in the desert
Birdfoot Fern
Pellaea mucronata
Birdfoot Fern in the desert
Beavertail Cactus
Opuntia basilaris
Beavertail Cactus plant in the desert
Blackbrush
Coleogyne ramosissima
Blackbrush shrub in the desert