In order to get to Las Vegas from Joshua Tree, one will drive through the Mohave National Preserve. I really love this drive. I always feel a bit like those suction-cup "Garfield" cats, looking out the window when I am lucky enough to be the passenger on these trips. I just drool out the window, looking at the plethora of Joshua Trees, sand dunes, vintage train depots, and other desert visions. On our way home, we even spotted a lone coyote, crossing the road in front of us.