This is a view from the top of Beckwourth pass at 5,000 feet into the beginnings of the Great Basin Desert. The trees become sparse here and most of the plant life is either sagebrush or rabbit brush. By the time one gets to Reno it’s almost all rocks and sand. Reno is at about 4,000 feet, and is considered “high desert” whereas most of the Mojave is “low desert” because of the much lower elevations, including some parts that are below sea level.