When you visit the Yuha Desert today, it is hard to imagine the environment’s history. The landscape is millions of years old. Can you believe that the Yuha Desert once laid as an ocean’s floor? Do you wonder how any human occupation could survive in such a dry and arid place? On this audio tour you will learn about how the Yuha Desert played a role in history and prehistory.
This audio tour will take you through three different cultural sites of the Yuha Desert.
|Juan Bautista de Anza Overlook |
Visit this monument for a beautiful view of the Yuha Basin and surrounding landscape. The monument commemorates the two expeditions (1774 and 1775) led by Spanish explorer Juan Bautisita de Anza.
The Yuha Geoglyph is a large, abstract image created on the desert surface by Native Americans. The geoglyph serves as a reminder that the desert has been inhabited by people for thousands of years.
The well was visited by Juan Bautista de Anza and his settlers to quench their thirst after traveling for two days without fresh water. Throughout history, this site has been the favored water stop for travelers of the Yuha Desert.
The tour audio files can be downloaded from the links to the right. A text version and tour map are also available.
Four wheel drive is needed for many routes (including suggested tour route) in the Yuha Desert.
The Yuha Desert is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. It is home to sensitive plants and animals, as well as historic and prehistoric cultural sites. To protect these natural and cultural resources we ask that you stay on the designated routes of travel.