4 Reasons Why You Need to Hike the Sonoran Desert

Popular Mechanics (May 2, 2018) by Peter Reese

A dazzlingly white blossom sways like a sea anemone. To its right, a jumble of tubular appendages resemble a maze of coral. The night sky’s yellow, green, and red traces mimic the luminescent lures of depth-finding anglerfish—but we are a long way from the ocean.

Welcome to the Sonoran Desert, one of North America’s great vast and open spaces, a serious wilderness within a few hours’ flight of every major U.S. metro area. It’s 100,000 square miles are undeterred by state lines and national borders, spilling over from southern Arizona and California into northwestern Mexico.

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