Royal Arch Yucca of the Mojave Desert. Circa 1905

Royal Arch Yucca of the Mojave Desert, Cal. “I crossed the Mojave Desert at sunset, & saw these strange shapes against a dull red sunset sky. Cacti.” Circa 1905

About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.