Desert Mexico

The Great Basin, photographed by Erik Gauger

Desert Mexico

Travel Photography > Desert Mexico

There is no place on Earth like the dry, dusty deserts of Mexico. On the borderlands with the United States lies a unique geography, a surreal landscape, and a dangerous backcountry plagued by drug violence. Each Desert in Mexico - the Chihuahan Desert, the Lower Colorado River Valley desert, the Gran Desierto de Altar and the Sonoran - are unique in their own right.

  • Pinacate Desert

    Sierra del Pinacate Range

    It is North America's last frontier, a barren, hundred-mile stretch of blackness and inhospitability. It is The Pinacate, named after its primary inhabitant; a rather insignificant beetle which stands on its head and lets out a rather putrid odor...
  • Baja Norte

    Desert Roads of Baja California Norte

    Under our feet was a giant hole in the earth. The sea had cut an underground cave and settled here: a stretch of beach underneath the earth. Four seals were in the water. One had no head. Sharks.
  • Baja Sur

    Bahia Coyote and Baja California Sur

    I like the idea of being where I am now, in a place where roosters are crooning about, and people are selling used hack-saws and post-hole diggers and air-compressors. Actually, I am beneath that place, at the bank of the clammy-green Rio Mulegé.
  • Isla Espiritu Santo

    Isla Espiritu Santo Journal

    August 7, 2012 Desert Mexico
    I am on a skiff flying through the Sea of Cortez from the capital of Baja Sur, La Paz. Destination is Isla Espiritu Santo.

Map of Mexican Deserts

Mexico is home to two vast desert regions, both contiguous with the United States. The map of desert regions below shows how the two deserts cover five states.

Map of the Mexican Desert Regions

There are two primary desert regions in Northern Mexico. The states of Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur, the islands of the Sea of Cortez, and most of the state of Sonora comprise the Mexican portion of the Sonoran desert. The U.S. portion of the desert covers the Southeastern tip of California, and Arizona's southwestern quarter.