is a name used to define geographic areas of Southern California
deserts that are between 2,000 and 4,000 ft (609.9 and 1219.2 m) in elevation
. The High Desert generally refers to areas of the Mojave Desert
. The term "High Desert" is commonly used by local news media, especially in weather forecasts, because of the high desert's unique and moderate weather patterns compared to its low desert neighbors. The term "High Desert" serves to differentiate it from southern California's Low Desert
, which is defined by the differences in elevation, climate, animal life, and vegetation native to these regions. Comparison example: Palm Springs
is considered "Low Desert", at 100 feet (30.48m) above sea level. In contrast, Landers
is considered "High Desert", at 3,100 feet (944.88m) above sea level.
The term is used commonly to refer to Joshua Tree National Park
, Twentynine Palms
, and the Morongo Basin
. The High Desert may be used to describe the area as extending as far north as Victorville
, and Lancaster areas, and as far northwest as Palmdale
, and north to the Barstow
desert. High Desert has also been incorporated into the names of businesses and organizations in these areas. Read more...