Top 10 Iran Deserts, Which One to Visit?

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Deserts in Iran

Iran deserts are considered one of the unique tourist attractions in the country, and visiting the best deserts of Iran is a great adventurous and eco-tourist experience.

In this article, Legendaryiran presents the top 10 Iran deserts along with their locations, features, nearby lodges, and other useful information to help you decide which desert to visit.

So, please contact us if you have any questions about visiting the deserts of Iran.

Best Things to Do in the Iran Deserts

Most deserts around the world offer similar activities. There are, however, some activities unique to certain deserts of Iran, which we list as the exclusive activities of each desert in their corresponding sections.

Here are some of the best things to do in almost all Iran deserts:

  • Camping: Enjoy a night under the starry sky of the desert surrounded by pure peace.
  • Desert Trekking: Walking, jumping on the soft sands, and playing with the flowing sand, rapidly changing into different forms.
  • Safari: Exploring the desert and experiencing an exciting, bumpy ride in the desert with a safari car is one of the most exciting things to do in the Iran deserts.
  • Photography: The vast landscapes of the deserts make them ideal for photography.
  • Camel riding: It is one of the most attractive activities to do in Iranian deserts. It will take you back to the time of the caravans of the past.
  • Stargazing: Watching the magnificent desert starry sky, bright and without light pollution, as if it is close to the earth. You can also enjoy seeing the sunrise and sunset on the golden sands of the deserts.
  • Sand Bath: Bathing in soft and hot sand will give you an incredible sense of relaxation. This activity is possible where the sand is soft.
  • Gathering around the fire: · A friendly gathering by the fire at night can make your trip more memorable.
  • Four-wheeled Motor: Four-wheeled motor is one of the most popular recreational vehicles in the desert and the beach that allows tourists to drive in the desert and experience crossing dunes. However, these facilities may not be available in Iran’s more remote deserts.

What Are the Main Deserts in Iran?

Iran has two main plains: The Dasht-e Kavir and the Dasht-e Lut, which cover much of the country’s center and southeast. The best deserts of Iran are located in the heart of these great plains.

Besides, the best time to travel to the deserts of Iran is fall and winter.

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Central Desert of Iran (Dasht-e Kavir Plain)

The Central Desert of Iran, Dasht-e Kavir, is the largest desert in Iran with an area of 77,600 square kilometers. This area extends from the southern slopes of the Alborz Mountains to the center of Iran.

Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut)

The Dasht-e Lut, or Lut Desert, one of the hottest places on earth, is located between the provinces of South Khorasan, Kerman, and Sistan and Baluchistan.

This plain covers over 40,000 square kilometers, about 10% of the size of Iran, and 70% of its area is located in Kerman province. Besides, the Lut Desert is the 27th largest desert in the world. It is also a UNESCO natural site.

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As a result of the vastness of the Lut desert, several different regions have been created with varying climates and geographical features. However, travelers interested in visiting the Lut Desert usually choose well-known and specific routes. Of course, there are specialized routes in the depths of Lut with unique nature for professional desert trekkers. To access these harsh regions, it is necessary to have an official permit, travel with experienced desert hikers, and carry essential equipment.

The Lut Desert and its surroundings are home to incredible landscapes characterized by the following natural desert phenomena:

  • Kaluts landform with high Yardangs (bedrock features carved by sandblasting).
  • Nebka or natural pots, the high dune formed around the plants due to wind erosion)
  • Sandy dunes, erosional ditches
  • Salt phenomena like rivers and lakes
  • Hamad, the extensive stony desert pavements,
  • Qanats, the underground aqueducts
  • Villages and historical sites from ancient civilizations.

"What is the Lut desert known for?
It is renowned for its spectacular series of landforms, namely the yardangs (massive corrugated ridges) west of the property and the sand-sea east. The yardangs are so large and impressive that they can be seen easily from space."

The Best Deserts to Visit in Iran

Although most parts of the Iranian deserts are challenging to reach due to being so vast, extremely hot, and dry, some parts of the deserts are among the most touristic areas of Iran. Here is the list of the best deserts to visit in Iran prepared by the Legendaryiran team.


Bafgh Desert (Caracal Desert)

Kalut-e Shahdad Desert in Kerman Iran

Caracal Desert, or Bafgh Desert, is located in the center of Yazd province, near Bafgh city and Sadeghabad village. The distance of this desert to Sadegh Abad village is 5.1 km. The distance between the Bafgh Desert and Yazd is 141 km (about 2 hours by car).

The Caracal desert is the habitat of one of the rarest species of Iranian cat called the caracal cat, the cat from which the name of this desert is taken. Caracal is one of the eight feline species that live in Iran and can also be found in Africa.

Among the other attractions of this beautiful desert is Bagher Abad Castle on the way from Bafgh to Sadeghabad village and 9 km from Caracal Desert. It is a Qajarid monument.

Besides, the groves around the desert, along with pomegranate and pistachio gardens, are other attractions in the Caracal Desert.

Furthermore, some of the giant dunes in Iran with a height of 50 meters are located in the Bafgh desert, from where you can see a stunning view of the desert.

What to Do in the Bafgh Desert

Due to being far from the city, it is a pristine desert where you can enjoy the peace and silence of the desert.

Of course, the Shahid Barzegari Tourist Camp in Sadegh Abad village offers desert recreations like off-road, camel riding, quad bike, parasailing, sand volleyball, badminton, and sunbathing. Further, you can organize a stargazing program with a telescope if your group reaches ten people.

Finally, you can also include a visit to Bagher Abad Castle in your tour plan.

Where to Stay in the Bafgh Desert

  • Tourist recreational camping of Shahid Barzegari in Sadegh Abad village
  • Four-star Nikan Bafgh Hotel and Alamdar Bafgh Hotel
  • Ecolodges in Bafgh such as Bagh-e Delgosha, Seyed, Saraye Behesht, etc.

Rig-e Jen Desert

Rig-e Jen Desert in Garmsar Iran

Rig-e Jen Desert is one of the most mysterious deserts in the Iran central desert near the city of Garmsar.

This desert was inaccessible and unknown for years due to its unique geographical conditions, and its salt lands were burial grounds for many living creatures and travelers. As a result, no one ventured into this area, and its secret remained unknown.

Only two European desert scientists, Son Hedin in 1900 and Alphonse Gabriel in 1930, mentioned this desert in their travelogues; but none of them crossed it.

Crossing Rig-e Jen was like a dream until 1998, when Ali Parsa, an Iranian desert expert, drove into the Rig-e Jen, and since then, many desert trekkers have visited the area.

Why is it called Rig-e Jen? “Jen” means jinn in Farsi because locals believe jinns created this area, and they take the travelers to the heart of Rig-e Jen. Also, according to the locals, the constant changes in the shape of the dunes are due to evil powers in the region; in fact, it is the wind that moves the dunes.

So, if you love to discover the unknown and travel to mysterious places, don’t miss visiting the Rig-e Jen desert. Also, please note that unskilled travelers are at risk of sinking and drowning in the sand swamps of the Rig-e Jen area.

What to Do in the Rig-e Jen Desert

You may think of the usual desert activities like safari and camel riding, but Rig-e Jen does not offer these facilities. This tour is recommended for adventurers, nature lovers, and desert trekkers. Consequently, this pristine desert offers the following recreations.

  • Desert trekking
  • stargazing at night
  • photography
  • Skating on the sand

Where to Stay in the Rig-e Jen Desert

  • camping in the desert
  • Rural houses and ecolodges in the villages around Rig Jen, such as Jandaq and Anarak.
  • Hotels in Garmsar and Semnan

Halvan Desert in Tabas

Halvan Desert in Tabas Iran

Due to its pristine and spectacular deserts, South Khorasan province is another popular destination for desert tourism in Iran. One of the most stunning deserts in this province is the Halvan Desert, with an area of 750 square kilometers that is located 80 kilometers outside Tabas city.

A stunning feature of the Halvan Desert is the intersection of dunes and mountains in southeastern areas, creating a spectacular scene. Furthermore, scenic passages are created in these regions where mountains meet sand.

The unique historical attraction of this area is the Asbad of Tabas city. Asbad is a clay windmill that uses wind energy to grind wheat into flour.

Asbads are spectacular attractions that can be found in some areas of South Khorasan, especially areas that are affected by the 120-day winds of Sistan.

Another unique attraction near Halvan Desert is the Morteza Ali Spring, located east of Tabas city, which consists of several springs. Due to its healing properties, this spring is one of the most famous sights in Tabas. But this is not the whole story; the existence of hot and cold water springs beside each other in the same valley has created an extraordinary phenomenon.

More interestingly, one of the highest arched dams in the world is located at the end of the Morteza Ali Spring path.

What to Do in the Halvan Desert in Tabas

In the Halvan Desert, you can enjoy many activities, from thrilling safari tours to sand bathing in the soft sands of Halvan, that will give you an incredible sense of relaxation. In addition, you can enjoy the spectacular attraction of this desert, which is visiting ancient Tabas windmills called Asbad·

Desert Climbing Conference is another pastime in this desert. Accordingly, the eastern edge of Halvan is suitable for desert trekking conferences.

Finally, do not forget to miss visiting the Morteza Ali Spring near Tabas.

Where to Stay in the Halvan Desert in Tabas

  • Ecolodges in Halvan like Ali Baba and Halvan Desert Lodge
  • Staying in Tabas Town

Darak Desert? Darak Beach?

Darak Desert in Chabahar Iran

Darak, where the golden sands and blue waters meet!

 A few spots in the world have similar characteristics to this beach, mostly located in Africa, South Australia, and West Asia. Darak is the only coast in Iran adjacent to the desert. Due to this exceptional paradox, many travelers have visited this place, despite not being aware of its beauty until recently.

Darak village is situated in southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province on the shore where the blue waters of the Oman Sea and the Indian Ocean unite.

What to Do in the Darak Desert

A combination of beach and desert fun. This is wonderful, isn’t it?

In addition to desert activities, Darak also offers beach activities, which include:

  • Swimming and relaxing on the beach
  • Cycling along the coastline
  • Scuba diving
  • Visiting palm groves on the shores of the Oman Sea 

Where to Stay in the Darak Desert

  • Echo lodges and homestay in Darak Village
  • camping in the desert
  • Staying in Chabahar Town (about 170 km from Darak Beach)

Deserts near Yazd

Deserts near Yazd

Suppose you’re traveling to Yazd and would like to visit the desert but don’t have much time. Do you have to skip seeing the desert? Never.

On all sides, Yazd is surrounded by deserts. So, there are many stunning deserts near Yazd that you can visit in a short time, even in the form of a half-day tour. In the following, we introduce the best deserts near Yazd.

Sinbad Desert Camp

If you are looking for adventure, we suggest you visit Sinbad Desert Camp because this place is one of the most equipped desert camps in Yazd.

This beautiful desert camp is located 30 kilometers north of Yazd.

The facilities of this camp consist of toilets, bathrooms, equipped suites, and restaurants.

And recreational services of Sinbad Yazd Desert Camp include sand skiing, camel riding, four-wheeled motorcycle, safari, paraglider, stargazing with a telescope (not always available), etc.

Haft Sang Desert Camp

Another significant desert near Yazd is Haft Seng. It is about 27 kilometers from Yazd to Haft Seng Desert.

This camp’s amenities include free beds, gazebos, zip lines, paragliding, safaris, and more.

Shabahang Desert Camp

Not far from Haft Sang Desert Camp, there is another camp called Shabahang.

Shabahang Desert camp offers memorable and comfortable yet affordable accommodation in Yazd. Among its most important facilities are a restaurant, a store, and a coffee shop.

This camp offers many exciting services, including safari, camel riding, riding motorbikes, stargazing, drinking tea made on fire, and enjoying music and fireworks during celebrations.

Baran Desert Camp

Baran Desert Camp is located 14 kilometers northeast of Yazd. Upon arriving at the camp, the row of ball-shaped thatched houses will catch your eye. In this desert camp, you can enjoy facilities such as camel riding, four-wheel motorbikes, off-road rides, etc., by paying the entrance fee. In addition to these entertainments, Baran Camp provides facilities such as overnight stays, music performances, etc.

Aghda Desert

Another Desert located in Ardakan city is the Aghda Desert or Black Desert.

This desert is located 100 km north of Yazd, on the way between Yazd and Isfahan.

There are salt marshes and swamps in the southern part of this desert, adding to its charm and beauty.

Moreover, one of the best lodges in Aghda is Anar House.


Matin Abad Desert Eco-camp

Matin Abad Desert Eco-camp in Kashan

Matin Abad eco-camp and organic farm, one of the top tourist sites in the Central Dessert of Iran, is located 60 kilometers from Kashan. On one side, the eco-resort faces the highest central mountains in Iran, the Karkas Mountains, and on the other, a salt lake in the Dasht-e Kvir Desert. It is located between dunes and vast semiarid grasslands with modern facilities.

Moreover, the United Nations selected Matin Abad Eco-Resort as one of the top 18 eco-tourist sites in the world in 2014.

Finally, as it is near Kashan, a variety of exciting excursions to this camp is possible.

What to Do in the Matin Abad Desert Eco-camp

You will find different kinds of recreations in this camp, such as camel riding, bike riding, off-road riding, etc. In addition, you can visit the organic farm in Matin Abad Eco Camp for an eco-tourism experience. Pomegranate, pistachio, and other seasonal fruits are grown on these farms.

Where to Stay in the Matin Abad Desert Eco-camp

Several types of accommodation are available at Matin Abad, including tents, rural cottages, and regular rooms.

  • Tent: Tents are equipped with beds, lighting, and heaters.
  • Rural cottages (Komeh): Inspired by the architecture of the desert, they have dome ceilings for air conditioning.
  • Guest House: The caravanserai has a large guest house that was once used to welcome caravans and now offers comfortable accommodation to its visitors. Rooms are designed based on the desert architectural style using local materials.

You can also stay in ecolodges in Deh Abad.


Varzaneh Desert (Khara Desert)

Khara Desert in Isfahan Iran

The Varzaneh Desert or Khara Desert lies near Varzaneh town and 120 km east of Esfahan in Dasht-e Kavir. It is famous for its enormous dunes and salt lake that is formed by the Zayandehrud River, one of the most significant seasonal rivers in the country. Furthermore, Gavkhouni Wetland, with its abundant wildlife, is located nearb

What to Do in the Varzaneh Desert

The Varzaneh Desert offers a variety of adventurous activities such as Surfing on hills of a hundred meters high, Paragliding, SUV riding, etc

Where to Stay in the Varzaneh Desert

  • You can stay in Varzaneh town 30 km north of the desert.
  • Homestays and ecolodges like Negar Ecolodge

Maranjab Desert

Maranjab Desert in Kashan Iran

60 km northeast of Kashan in Aran Va Bidgol County, you can find one of the fantastic Iran deserts. Massive dunes and hills, a mysterious salt lake, stunning night skies, and easy access make Maranjab one of the most popular deserts in Iran. Furthermore, it is home to some desert birds and reptiles, such as eagles, snakes, and lizards.

In the Maranjab Desert, there is also the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai dating back to the 17th century, built along the Silk Road so travelers could stay there as they passed through deserts.

Moreover, 9 kilometers from Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, there is a salt lake called Masileh and the Salt Lake of Aran va Bidgol. Most of the year, the lake is dried out, and the land is covered with salt crystals that form beautiful geometric shapes called polygons.

Another attraction in the Maranjab Desert is Jazire Sargardan (Wandering Island), located close to the lake. There is no water around this island; it is floating in a sea of salt. According to the locals, the island floats and changes location after rains, which is why it is named Wandering Island.

What to Do in the Maranjab Desert

Along with the common desert hobbies like trekking, safari, and stargazing, you can visit the incredible Salt Lake in the Maranjab Desert. Also, we recommend seeing the Shah Abbasi Caravansarai dating back to Safavid Era in this region.

Where to Stay in the Maranjab Desert

  • Camping: It could be a memorable experience.
  • Shaker Garden & House. Located in Aran Va Bidgol town near the Maranjab Desert, this 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodations.

Mesr Desert

Mesr Desert in Tabas Iran

Located in the Khur and Biabanak region of Isfahan Province (l500 km east of Isfahan city), the Mesr Desert is one of Iran’s most beautiful natural destinations. A beautiful part of this part of the desert is Mesr village, an oasis in the middle of the Iran Central Desert.

Moreover, several oases with gorgeous palm groves and historical sites make this desert different from other deserts in Iran. Mesr Village, Garmeh Village, and Farahzad Village are perfect places to find peace.

Another remarkable phenomenon in the Mesr Desert is Khur Salt Lake. This seasonal lake creates a fabulous view of the salts in pentagon shapes.

What to Do in Mesr Desert

As one of Iran’s touristic deserts, Mesr Desert offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as sandboarding which is one of the exciting desert sports, safari, paragliding, etc.

You can also visit the beautiful salt lake in the desert and several oases with their gorgeous palm groves.

Another exciting activity in this desert is Doctor Fish, tiny fishes in a hot spring that eat the dead skin off the feet, revealing smooth, callous-free skin.

Where to Stay in Mesr Desert

  • Guest houses and ecolodges in the villages like Farahzad and Garmeh. Accordingly, one of the best ones is Atshooni Ecolodge in Garmeh.

Shahdad Desert

Kalut-e Shahdad Desert in Kerman Iran

Shahdad Desert, located 120 km northeast of Kerman city, is the most important part of the Lut Desert, with an area of more than 11,000 square kilometers. It is also the most incredible and mysterious desert in Iran mainly because of “Kaluts,” the monsters of Lut. As mentioned, Kaluts are huge Yardangs that look like the lines of the mountains formed by wind and water erosion. They create magical landscapes in the Lut Desert.

From a distance, this area evokes a big city with many skyscrapers. Therefore, it has been called “The Ghost City”. It is a quiet, peaceful city with no residents. Despite the pristine natural beauty, passing through this earthen city creates a beautiful fear in the hearts of all visitors.

However, Kalut-e Shahdad is the only safe access route for those interested in visiting the Lut Desert. Of course, crossing other parts of Lut outside of this region is not secure.

 In addition, a complete visit to Kalut requires permission from the relevant authorities.

What to Do in Shahdad Desert

Like every other desert in Iran, Kalut-e Shahdad offers tourists a variety of recreational opportunities like camping, safari, camel riding, four-wheeled motor riding, etc.

Among these common activities, Shahdad Safari is one of the most attractive safaris in the deserts of Iran.

In this unique desert, you can enjoy visiting extraordinary phenomena such as Kaluts, Gandom Beryan (one of the hottest spots on the planet), Seasonal salt lakes and rivers, Nebkas, etc.

Moreover, the distinctive forms of Shahdad’s Kaluts make them ideal for photography.

Finally, you can visit valuable historical sites in this desert, such as Shazdeh Garden in Mahan (UNESCO site), Rayen Citadel, and Bam citadel (UNESCO site).

Where to Stay in the Shahdad Desert

  • Setarey-e Lut Camp: The best desert camp in Iran with modern amenities
  • Kashkiloo Ecolodge
  • Ecolodges and homestay in Shahdad and Shafi Abad villages.

How Can I Choose among the Top Deserts to Visit in Iran?

In this section, we present some of the principal factors for choosing one of the Iran deserts:

Your Travel Route

There are many exciting deserts in Iran. Generally, wherever your destination in Iran is, you can reach the desert with proper planning.

Although the mountainous regions of western Iran and the northern coasts do not have deserts, if you are arriving in or departing from Tehran, you can arrange a one-day tour to visit the deserts nearby, such as Maranjab.

Notably, most first-time travelers to Iran pass through the Iran classic route (the above photo), and there are many deserts on this route. Among the deserts of the classic route, we can mention Maranjab and Matin Abad near Kashan, desert camps near Yazd, and deserts in Isfahan province, such as Varzaneh.

Furthermore, if you go east and southeast from the classic route, you’ll find more unique deserts such as Tabas, Rig-e Jen, Kalut-e Shahdad, Mesr, Garmeh, Darak Beach, etc., despite being far from the classic route, they are worth a visit.

Iran Deserts Map

The above Iran deserts map provides a good vision of the two main deserts of Iran, Dasht-e Lut and Dasht-e Kavir, as well as their approximate location compared with the Iran classic route.

Your Interests

In contrast to common perception, deserts have diverse characteristics and attractions. Professional desert trekkers travel thousands of kilometers to see a unique attraction in a specific desert.

Likewise, every visitor goes to the desert for a specific reason, including the silence of the desert and sleeping under the starry sky. Another enjoys desert activities like sand skating, camel riding, and safaris. Others seek the deserts’ unique attractions, such as Kaluts, star dunes, salt lakes, or desert oases.

Thus, knowing Iran deserts’ characteristics is essential before choosing one to visit. Here are some salient features of each Iran desert.

  • Shahdad desert: It is one of the most special deserts of Iran and a UNESCO site. This desert houses unique attractions such as Kalut, Nebka, Salt River, and seasonal lakes. Also, the Shahdad Desert safari is one of the best and most expensive safaris in Iran. In addition, some of Iran’s top historical attractions, such as Shazdeh Mahan Garden, Bam Citadel, and Rain Citadel, are located near this desert. Moreover, regarding accommodation, Iran’s most luxurious desert camp, Setarey-e Lut, is located in this area.
  • Sinbad and Matin Abad Desert Camps near Yazd and Kashan: These desert eco camps near cities are the best places to enjoy desert activities in a short period.
  • The Maranjab Desert near Kashan and Varzane near Isfahan: despite their proximity to the city, you can enjoy the silence and peace of the desert there.
  • Mesr, Garmeh, and Bafgh deserts: They are the deserts on the way from Isfahan to Yazd (Bafgh is a little further), whose main characteristics are their unique oases and palm groves. Also, in this area, you can enjoy diverse desert entertainment.
  • Darak Desert: A stunning coastal desert that is distinctive in the world.
  • Tabas and Rig-e Jen deserts: Rarely visited by general tourists, but professional hikers and travelers who have traveled to different deserts are interested in seeing them.

Fellow Travelers

Suppose you are traveling with children, seniors, or people with physical disabilities in your group. In that case, you have to be a little pickier about choosing the right desert to visit in Iran. 

What Should You Consider?

  • Deserts with good accessibility close to cities with no long dirt roads are better to choose.
  • In addition, if you wish to spend the night in the desert area, you should look for lodges with adequate facilities.

The following deserts in Iran address the mentioned criteria:

  • Maranjab Desert: You can visit it on a one-day tour and have the night’s stay in Kashan.
  • Varzaneh Desert: You can visit this desert on a one-day tour and stay the night in Isfahan.
  • Matin Abad Camp: A desert camp near Kashan with good facilities and a guest house for an overnight stay.
  • Desert Camps near Yazd: There are some desert camps like Sinbad Desert Camp, where you can enjoy the beauty of the desert in the form of even a half-day tour.

Travel Duration

The length of your journey is an essential factor to consider when choosing places to visit in a destination.

Iran is a vast destination, so if your trip lasts only one week, you can just take a half-day excursion to a desert close to the city, such as Maranjab near Kashan or Varzaneh near Isfahan. However, if you plan to stay longer than ten days in Iran, you can also see the Shahdad Desert in Kerman, Bafgh Desert, Mesr Desert, or more remote ones like Rig-e Jen, Darak, and Tabas.

To include visiting the Iran deserts in your itinerary, feel free to contact us.

Requirements for Traveling to the Deserts of Iran

Requirements for Traveling to the Deserts of Iran

Despite their unique beauty, all desert areas have a harsh and dangerous nature; therefore, a trip to the desert requires appropriate equipment and a knowledgeable guide. Here is the list of equipment you’ll need for your desert trip.

  • Suitable clothes for desert trekking: Basically, for nature tourism, you should wear clothes that are comfortable for hiking and mountain climbing and are resistant to wind, soil, and somehow water.

In addition, wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts prevents sunburn. In general, linen clothing is the best option as it keeps the body cool.

Tip: Avoid wearing jeans, fancy clothes, sandals, slippers, etc., and also do not have jewelry and valuable accessories with you.

  • Thermos: In the desert, you need plenty of water; because if you get lost, you will often not find any springs or rivers.
  • Tent: If you want to enjoy the beautiful and starry nights of the desert, you will need a tent and camping equipment for a night’s stay in the desert.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat or sombrero: You’ll need to protect your skin and eyes from the intense desert sun during the day.
  • Warm clothes, a thin blanket, and a small pillow: Although it is hot during the day, the desert can get very cold at night, so it is a good idea to prepare ahead.
  • Appropriate shoes: The best shoes for desert trekking are boots because:
  1. Its long leg protects the legs from insects, scorpion stings, snakes, and sand.
  2. The possibility of slipping and twisting your ankle in the soft sand of the desert is high. Therefore, wearing boots reduces the risk of injury to your feet.
  3. You can walk better and stronger with boots that protect your knees.
  4. if you do not have boots, closed, comfortable shoes with a good grip are an appropriate option.
  • First aid box, insect repellent ointment, or bracelet: Most deserts of Iran are far from inhabited areas and medical centers, so it is better to be prepared in case of an accident.
  • Pocket power bank, essential tools for locating in the desert (map, GPS, and compass): If you’re unfamiliar with the desert, it’s easy to get lost. Therefore, this equipment will be vital for your trip to the Iran deserts.
  • Mirror: By reflecting sunlight off a mirror, you can let others know your location if you get lost.
  • Whistle: In a situation where you get separated from your group members or get lost in the desert, something that produces sound in the silence of the desert, like a whistle, can save your life.

Still Cannot Decide Which Desert to Visit in Iran?

If you are confused about choosing one of the deserts to visit in Iran, you can take a look at the table below.

Here, Legendaryiran provides you with a list of the most important details about the famous deserts of Iran. By comparing the details, you can choose the right desert for you to visit in Iran.

Desert Location The Nearest City Prominent Features Where to Stay* Located near the Classic Route?
Shahdad Southeastern Iran in Kerman Province Kerman Kaluts, Nebka, Polygon, Gandom Beryan, Salt Lake, Reyen Castle, Arg-e Bam, Shazdeh Garden Setareye-e Lut Camp, Ecolodges in Shahdad and Shafi Abad Villages, Kashkiloo Ecolodge No
Varzaneh About 100 km east of Isfahan Isfahan Gavkhouni Wetland, Women in white Chadors Homestays and ecolodges like Negar Ecolodge Yes
Mesr About 1500 km east of Isfahan Tabas Several oases with their gorgeous palm groves, Salt lake, Dr. Fish Camping, ecolodges in Mesr (Bali, Atshooni, T Da Traditional House, Jandaq Castle, Beyazeh No
Maranjab About 60 km northwest of Kashan Kashan Salt Lake, Shah Abbasi Caravanserai Kashan, Shaker Garden & House in Aran va Bidgol Yes
Matinabad 66 km southeast of Kashan Kashan Eco-resort near the city, Organic Farms Matin Abad Eco resort, ecolodges in Deh Abad Yes
Darak Southeastern Iran in Sistan va Baluchestan Province Chabahar Coastal desert Echo lodges in Darak Village, Chabahar Town (about 170 km from Darak Beach) No
Rig-e Jen Desert Central Iran, southeast of Tehran Garmsar Peaceful and remote desert, Hard to pass Ecolodges in Jandaq and Anarak, Hotels in Garmsar and Semnan No
Halvan Northwest of Tabas Tabas Ancient Tabas windmills called Asbad, Desert Climbing Conference, Morteza Ali Spring Ecolodges like Ali Baba, Halvan Desert Lodge No
Bafgh 140 Km east of Yazd Bafgh Shahid Barzegari Tourist Camp, Caracal Cat Shahid Barzegari Tourist Camp in Sadegh Abad village, hotels and ecolodges in Bafgh such Nikan hotel, Alamdar hotel, Bagh-e Delgosha ecolodge, etc. No
near Yazd In the vicinity of Yazd Yazd Easy Access Accommodation in Yazd or in the mentioned desert camps Yes
Desert The Nearest City Prominent Features Where to Stay*
Shahdad Kerman Kaluts, Nebka, Polygon, Gandom Beryan, Salt Lake, Reyen Castle, Arg-e Bam, Shazdeh Garden Setareye-e Lut Camp, Ecolodges in Shahdad and Shafi Abad Villages, Kashkiloo Ecolodge
Varzaneh Isfahan Gavkhouni Wetland, Women in white Chadors Homestays and ecolodges like Negar Ecolodge
Mesr Tabas Several oases with their gorgeous palm groves, Salt lake, Dr. Fish Camping, ecolodges in Mesr (Bali, Atshooni, T Da Traditional House, Jandaq Castle, Beyazeh
Maranjab Kashan Salt Lake, Shah Abbasi Caravanserai Kashan, Shaker Garden & House in Aran va Bidgol
Matinabad Kashan Eco-resort near the city, Organic Farms Matin Abad Eco resort, ecolodges in Deh Abad
Darak Chabahar Coastal desert Echo lodges in Darak Village, Chabahar Town (about 170 km from Darak Beach)
Rig-e Jen Desert Garmsar Peaceful and remote desert, Hard to pass Ecolodges in Jandaq and Anarak, Hotels in Garmsar and Semnan
Halvan Tabas Ancient Tabas windmills called Asbad, Desert Climbing Conference, Morteza Ali Spring Ecolodges like Ali Baba, Halvan Desert Lodge
Bafgh Bafgh Shahid Barzegari Tourist Camp, Caracal Cat Shahid Barzegari Tourist Camp in Sadegh Abad village, hotels and ecolodges in Bafgh such Nikan hotel, Alamdar hotel, Bagh-e Delgosha ecolodge, etc.
near Yazd Yazd Easy Access Accommodation in Yazd or in the mentioned desert camps

* The most popular type of desert accommodation is undoubtedly camping, as long as you are accompanied by an experienced guide and have appropriate equipment. Thus, we do not repeat the camping option here.

Finally, please ask your questions or share your comments about the best deserts in Iran. We appreciate your valuable comments and will also be helpful to others.

Iran Travel FAQ

Most Frequent Questions and Answers about
The Best Deserts to Visit in Iran

The best deserts in Iran are located on two main plains called the Dasht-e Kavir and the Dasht-e Lut in the Kerman, Isfahan, Yazd, and Semnan in South Khorasan provinces.

The best time to travel to the desert areas of Iran is spring and autumn, particularly autumn.

Note that the desert weather is extremely hot in the summer. Also, in late winter and early spring, strong winds with a speed of more than 20 kilometers per hour are common, and the night temperature drops below zero. Sandstorms are more frequent from January to mid-March.

The closest desert to Isfahan and the most famous desert in this province is called Varzaneh Desert.


Yes, the Darak Desert lies near Chabahar city in the southern region of Iran. Actually, there are only a few coastal deserts in the world, including the Darak Desert.

Avoid traveling to the deserts of Iran from May to late September when the desert is extremely hot. The temperature can be more than 45 degrees Celsius in summer.

At night, the desert temperature drops to -3 degrees Celsius on average.

The largest seasonal salt lake in Iran is located in the Mesr Desert.

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