This list of North American deserts identifies areas of the continent which receive less than 10 in (250 mm) annual precipitation.
There are three major hot and dry deserts in North America, all located in the western United States and northern Mexico. These are:
Additionally, a large cold desert, the Great Basin Desert, encompasses much of the northern Basin and Range Province, north of the Mojave Desert.
Other smaller cold deserts lie within the Columbia Plateau/Columbia Basin, the Snake River Plain, and the Colorado Plateau regions.
Canada has a few small "deserts" such as the Nk'mip Desert, which is actually shrub steppe. Another "desert" near Carcross, Yukon is commonly called a desert, but it is not a true desert, rather an area of northern sand dunes.
(Listed from north to south)
- Washington - Idaho - Wyoming - Oregon
- Much of the Columbia Plateau (ecoregion) is desert, such as the
- Most of the Snake River Plain (ecoregion) is sagebrush steppe, but barren lava fields form small deserts, such as
- The Wyoming Basin (ecoregion) is dominated by arid grasslands and shrub steppe, but also contains the
- Owyhee Desert, in southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada, and southeastern Oregon.
- Yp Desert, a portion of the Owyhee Desert in Idaho
- Alvord Desert, a dry lake in eastern Oregon
- Oregon High Desert, aka "Great Sandy Desert", eastern Oregon