5 Awesomely Weird Desert Road Trip Destinations

Road trips are one of the great pastimes of outdoor adventuring. But too often we set our sights on the objective rather than the actual rubber on the road. We lock our focus on the destination: the trails we’ll be biking, the mountain we’ll be skiing, the break we’ll be surfing, the peak we’ll be bagging. But what about the cool, funky, weird sights we’re zipping past in our cars? They deserve our attention, too. For that reason, we’re highlighting five must-visit desert locales out West.

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By no means is this a complete list. If you want to explore beguiling desert landscapes, these are great starting—err, stopping—points to break up your next road trip. From quirky hot spots like Hole N” The Rock in Utah’s Canyonlands to Tse Bii’ Ndzisgaii, a photographer’s haven, here are our favorite desert road trip destinations.

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check ahead of time regarding COVID-19 pandemic limitations. Operating hours/availability may vary week by week.