Contents 1 Geography 2 Regions 3 Cities and communities 3.1 List of cities, towns, and census-designated places 4 Major highways 4.1 Literature 4.2 Motion pictures 5 References 6 External links


Geography[edit] Old Woman Springs Ridge in the high desert, Johnson Valley, California Depending on how the boundaries of the Mojave and the Colorado Desert region are defined, the High Desert either includes the entire California portion of the Mojave Desert (using a smaller geographic designation than its ecoregion) or the northern portion of the California desert (using a larger geographic designation including the ecotope area of the lower and adjacent Sonoran Desert). The name of the region comes from its higher elevations and more northern latitude with associated climate and plant communities distinct from the Low Desert, which includes the Colorado Desert and the below sea level Salton Sea. The High Desert is typically windier than the Low Desert, and averages between 12 degrees to 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in both the winter, and Summer seasons.


Regions[edit] The High Desert is often divided into the following regions: The Los Angeles County portion, containing the Antelope Valley, part of the Palmdale-Lancaster Urbanized Area, and in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. This is the most populous area of the High Desert region, with close to 300,000 residents in the incorporated places alone. The San Bernardino County portion, containing Victor Valley, which is part of the Inland Empire area of Southern California, along with the Antelope Valley and the Morongo Basin, where Yucca Valley and the Twentynine Palms Marine Base are located, are all considered to be part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Just after sunset, Landers, California Other parts of the San Bernardino County portion include the northeastern reaches of the High Desert, where the Fort Irwin National Training Center and the Searles Valley are located, and the far eastern edge of the state where places like Needles and Earp are located along the Colorado River. San Bernardino County's portion of the High Desert region contains the most land mass of the four involved counties, making up approximately 70% of the total county's area. The Kern County portion, containing part of two valleys, with the southeastern part in the Antelope Valley, including Rosamond, California City, Boron, Edwards Air Force Base, and Mojave, which are all a part of the Palmdale-Lancaster Urbanized area, and the northeastern part being in the Indian Wells Valley, including the communities of Inyokern and Ridgecrest. The Inyo County portion, north of Kern County and containing the northern end of the Indian Wells Valley, Panamint Valley, and Saline Valley. This is the most sparsely populated area of the High Desert, with a single major community, Lone Pine in the southern Owens Valley.


Cities and communities[edit] Sunset over the Mojave The major metropolitan centers in the region are primarily centered on the cities of Lancaster and Victorville. Lancaster, the largest city in the High Desert, is located in the Antelope Valley, with Palmdale, and anchors the area's largest and most populous region with a metro area of just over 500,000. The Victor Valley area, which includes such areas as Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Apple Valley, and Lucerne Valley, boasts a population around 335,000.[6] The Barstow area, to the north of Victor Valley, and the Morongo Basin near the Joshua Tree National Park each have populations of around 60,000. List of cities, towns, and census-designated places[edit] Acton (7,596) Adelanto (32,221) Agua Dulce (3,342) Amboy (12) Antelope Acres (2,800) Apple Valley (70,172) Bagdad (0) Barstow (22,975) Big River (1,327) Bishop (3,879) Bluewater (172) Boron (2,253) Cadiz (18) Calico (12) California City (14,327) Chambless (6) Cima (10) Daggett (200) Del Sur (1,750) Earp (48) Edwards (2,063) Elizabeth Lake (1,756) Essex (89) Fort Irwin (8,845) Goffs (23) Halloran Springs (18) Helendale (4,936) Hesperia (91,534) Hinkley (1,915) Hi Vista (3,003) Inyokern (1,099) Johnson Valley (2,101) Joshua Tree (7,414) Kramer Junction (315) Kelso (0) Lake Hughes (649) Lake Los Angeles (12,328) Lancaster (157,693) Landers (2,632) Lenwood (3,543) Leona Valley (1,607) Littlerock (1,377) Llano (1,201) Lone Pine (2,035) Lucerne Valley (5,811) Ludlow (10) Mojave (4,238) Mountain Pass (8) Mountain View Acres (3,130) Nebo Center (1,174 Needles (4,844) Neenach (800) Newberry Springs (1,280) Nipton (28) North Edwards (1,058) Oak Hills (8,879) Oro Grande (974) Palmdale (153,867) Pearblossom (2,435) Phelan (14,304) Piñon Hills (7,272) Pioneertown (350) Quartz Hill (10,912) Ragtown (0) Randsburg (69) Rice (0) Ridgecrest (28,013) Rosamond (18,150) Siberia (0) Sunfair (288) Sunfair Heights (149) Sun Village (11,565) Trona (2,742) Twentynine Palms (25,377) Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base (8,413) Valyermo (450) Victorville (117,597) Vidal (34) Vidal Junction (17) Yermo (4,200) Yucca Valley (20,700) Zzyzx (15)


Major highways[edit] CA State Route 2 / Angeles Crest Highway CA State Route 14 / Antelope Valley Freeway Interstate 15 CA State Route 18 Interstate 40 CA State Route 58 / Tehachapi Freeway U.S. Route 95 CA State Route 127 CA State Route 136 CA State Route 138 / Pearblossom Highway CA State Route 178 CA State Route 190 CA State Route 247 U.S. Route 395 Incorporated places are listed in bold. This list includes all places in the broadest definition of "High Desert." Population figures are most recent information available from the US Census Bureau. Joshua Tree (7,414) Landers (2,632) Pioneertown (350) Twentynine Palms (25,377) Twentynine Palms Base (8,413) Yucca Valley (20,700) Literature[edit] Louis L'Amour's Western novel The Lonesome Gods uses features of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts in its narrative. Motion pictures[edit] Popular filming sites The Alabama Hills and Red Rock Canyon have been filming locations for numerous Westerns. Boomtowns that prospered during Route 66 and railroad travel in the early 20th Century including Amboy, Cima and Ludlow, and are also used in principal photography and location shots. Southern California Logistics Airport (George Air Force Base, decommissioned in 1992) is used often for military dramas and action films. Exemplary projects Stagecoach (1939), Lucerne Valley The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Red Rock Canyon State Park (California)− Westworld (1973), Red Rock Canyon State Park Bagdad Cafe (1987), Newberry Springs Jurassic Park (1993), Red Rock Canyon State Park Casino (1995), Palmdale Contact (1997), Adelanto[citation needed] Face/Off (1997), Victorville Jarhead (2005), Victorville Valkyrie (2008), Victorville Films using High Desert as a subject of the narrative Erin Brockovich (2000), centered on the PG&E environmental disaster in the town of Hinkley west of Barstow. The Right Stuff (1983), based on the 1979 non-fiction book by Tom Wolfe about the pilots engaged in U.S. postwar research with experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base as well as documenting the stories of the first Project Mercury astronauts selected for the NASA space program. Space Cowboys (2000), one of many examples that feature Edwards Air Force Base in the 1940s used in experimental test flights and for shuttle landings with the NASA Space Program.


References[edit] ^ KEYC Archived 2015-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. ^ High Desert News ^ a b Sahagun, Louis (February 10, 2018). "L.A. County set to build its first new freeway in 25 years, despite many misgivings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2018.  ^ High Desert Mavericks Baseball ^ High Desert Academy of Applied Arts. ^ "SANBAG Sub-Regional Corridor Studies". Sanbag.ca.gov. 2010-04-14. Archived from the original on 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 


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