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The High Desert refers to the Mojave Desert, an ecoregion located in northwestern San Bernardino County, northeastern Los Angeles County, and far eastern Kern County in the U.S. state of California.
A somewhat more broadly defined boundary would also include the southern portion of Inyo County to the north of San Bernardino and Kern Counties, as well as parts of northern Riverside County, to the south of San Bernardino County.
Depending on how the boundaries of the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Desert are drawn, the High Desert is either defined as including the entire California side of the Mojave Desert (using a smaller geographic designation for the Mojave Desert), or as including the northern portion of the Mojave Desert (using a larger geographic designation for the Mojave Desert which encroaches onto area that is also considered to be part of the Sonoran Desert).
The name of the region comes from its higher elevations and associated climate compared with the Low Desert (which has areas below sea level), and its more northern latitude.
The High Desert is for the most part divided into the following regions:
The major metropolitan centers in the region are primarily centered around the cities of Palmdale and Victorville. Palmdale, the largest city in the High Desert, is located in the Antelope Valley, with Lancaster, and is the area's largest and most populous region with a metro area of just over 500,000. The Victor Valley area, which includes such areas as Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Apple Valley, and Lucerne Valley, boasts a population around 300,000. The Barstow area, to the north of Victor Valley, and the Morongo Basin near the Joshua Tree National Park each have populations of around 60,000.
Though very sparsely populated outside of the Antelope and Victor Valleys, many small communities dot the region, especially along Interstate 15, Interstate 40, and US Highway 395, with towns like Baker having an economy that exists almost entirely to provide service for highway travelers, especially those traveling between Las Vegas and Southern California's major population centers.
The High Desert is often featured in American movies and television. Some notable films include 1939's Stagecoach, 1987's Bagdad Cafe, 2001's Bubble Boy, and 2000's Erin Brockovich (film), which centered around a man-made environmental disaster in the town of Hinkley, about seven miles west of Barstow.
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