The Sonoran Desert is is approximately 100,000 square miles, and spans across southern Arizona, southeastern California, the Baja California Peninsula, the islands in the Gulf of California and Sonora, Mexico. It . As well as being home to an abundance of foliage, this desert, like most, also contains cacti and . Unlike other deserts in the United States, the Sonoran Desert gets occasional snowfall in the winter time, a very unique characteristic. All in all, the Sonoran desert's wide variety of terrain and t weather makes it a desirable habitat for many animals and plants.