National Geographic counts Mojave Desert among world's top beauty spots
National Geographic this summer named the Mojave Desert one of the 100 World’s Most Beautiful Places.
The special edition also included places such as Paris, the Great Wall of China and the Amazon Rainforest to its list.
“Far from the madding metropolitan crowds of Las Vegas and Los Angeles that surround it,” the article stated, “the Mojave Desert offers the balm of silence and solitude.”
“It is a world little touched by humans,” it continued, “save for the odd crumbling mine or homestead, but one which nature adorns with the beauty of the Joshua tree and spring’s brief-lived wildflowers.”
Third District Supervisor James Ramos, who represents Barstow, said Friday in a prepared statement he was “thrilled to learn of this high praise.”
“As residents of the County of San Bernardino,” Ramos said, “I hope you all feel proud of this stunning land that you call home.”
“It should also serve as a reminder of the difficult task and duty we all face in protecting the pristine conditions of our desert for future generations to enjoy.”