How big: 25,000 square miles.
What grows here: Creosote bush, Joshua trees.
What lives here: Bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, kit foxes.
Can't-miss roadside attraction: Stop for a snack at the gas station in Nothing, AZ (population: 4). But be aware that the gas station's owner loves to share his philosophy on life.
A stop along the way:
• Luchia's Restaurant. $; breakfast and lunch Sun-Fri. U.S. 93, Wikieup; 928/765-2229.