Mostly, desert driving is pretty dull, but there are sometimes surprises.
I left Borrego Springs and headed towards Phoenix, Arizona. I had not realized I would be driving past the Imperial Dunes Recreation Area, part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (This site gives the best information: http://www.desertusa.com/sandhills/sandhinfo.html)
I had driven past these on my way from Yuma to California on I-8:
This time, I was on California route 78, which is considerably farther north. I think they are prettier here:
Happily, I found an overlook that I could pull up on to get better views. The dunes are primarily used for off-road driving use--mostly "dune buggies" obviously. You can see all the tire tracks.
This is the road down from the overlook. There is a lot of sand blown onto it and the overlook parking lot--enough that my tires slipped at one point.
And here comes one now!!
This seems to be a parking lot/staging area, although there were not too many people around.
Most of the land here is very flat and very dry, but I was surprised by this very green group of palo verde trees. Must be water underneath a dry gulch.
Anyway, as I say, the desert has occasional surprises.