The Imperial Valley is no stranger to the desert — it is defined by it. From the arid Coyote Mountains in the west to the dunes of Algodones in the east, the Valley belongs to the Yuha Desert. It is a desert bursting with a large variety of plants and animals. The Yuha Desert provides almost limitless opportunities for exploration and engagement with the outdoors and nature. And yet, it is only a small part of a larger whole and a larger story.
The Imperial Valley and Yuha Desert belong to the greater Sonoran Desert. Spanning more than 100,000 square miles, the Sonoran covers much of the American southwest, including parts of California, Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Its territory is home to a rich biodiversity of plants and animals, including more than 60 mammals, 100 reptiles, 350 birds and over 2,000 native plants. It is a tough place to live, with summer highs of 118 degrees and an average rainfall of between 3 and 20 inches — the extremes for which are mostly seen right here in Imperial Valley!