Its good to get out see the unique beauty of the Mojave desert. Fortunately there are many large national parks and refuges in southern California and Nevada, where you can go to get many great landscaping ideas. Some of the national special places are Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the National Desert Refuge.
This huge preserve west just of Las Vegas, NV contains enough landscaping ideas for a life time of exploration. It has many canyons and ravines that lead up to towering peaks. Many plant communities are represented from creek-side riparian, desert scrub with great spring wildflowers to oak, juniper, and pine forests at the higher elevations. Get some landscaping ideas in this Red Rock Canyon slide show.
Valley of Fire State park, just north east of Las Vegas has really picturesque scenery. It has lots of big red boulders and canyons and some rainbow rock also. Spring is the best time to visit the park because that's when the wild flowers are at peak. Take a look at some of the landscaping ideas in a slide show presented by this gorgeous park.