Aren’t deserts all the same? Well … actually, no. The terms “high” and “low” refer to the elevation (“high desert” is usually over 2000 feet above sea level- we are at 4500; Palm Springs is only 400 feet.) Deserts are deceptive, especially from a car window. They may look sparse and sometimes dull. However, getting out of your car and spending time here will open your eyes to things you won’t see anywhere else on earth – spectacular rock formations, pink and purple-hued sunrises and sunsets, a night sky with more stars than you knew existed, and animal and plant life (such as the Joshua Tree) that can only exist in our unusual and varied climate. Unlike the low desert, we have four seasons, so you may find snow at Christmastime, and spring rains (this year’s were especially bountiful, carpeting the Morongo Basin in wildflowers and greens not seen by locals in decades.) Summers are predictably hot and fall is possibly the most beautiful time, though we think that anytime is the best time to visit!