The Complete Guide to Iran Deserts

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Iran is a country which is situated in a high-altitude plateau in connected ranges of mountains surround southwestern Asia and it.

It is all thanks to its location that a special variety of the Flora and the fauna kind can be seen here, which are unique and kind and are in the Arid areas of the eastern hemisphere.

The Deserts have their beauty and are one of the main tourist spots in Iran. Yearly, thousands of people come and visit the Deserts of Iran apart from visiting the mountains.

Today we are going to talk about the Deserts in Iran and its beauties. Iran is a country that is blessed not only with mountains but as well as Deserts. Follow us on the journey of discovering the beauty of the Deserts Iran has.

For more informtion about Iran, we’ve highly recommended read Iran travel guide blog post.


Does Iran Have any Desert?


As seen in the map graphically, Iran is located in West Asia. It shares borders with the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman.  The mountains of Iran have helped to shape the political as well as the economic history of the country for decades.

As we know, the geography of Iran is very much different from that of the neighboring countries and 22% of Iran is covered with Deserts. In this content, we will bring to your knowledge about the best Desert in Iran that will help you to plan your trip accordingly to enjoy and see the place with your own eyes.


Huge desert in Iran

What are the Greatest Deserts in Iran?


The Deserts of Iran are one of the most immense and hugest Deserts in the world, and if you think this statement a joke, then follow for more information. The Greatest Desert in Iran are:



  • Dasht-e Kavir Desert


The Dasht-e Kavir, which means Dashte Namak, and when translated, means the Great Salt Desert is one of the largest salted Deserts in Iran. It is located in the central plateau of Iran.

The great Desert is located in the southwest of the Alborz mountain, just about 800 kilometers by 320 km, and has a total surface area of about 77600 km2.  The Dasht-e Kavir has almost no rain and snow in this area. Still, enough runoff from the surrounding mountains provides this Desert with plenty of water to create the seasonal lakes. The temperature of Dasht-e Kavir varies from 22 °C in January and 70°C in the summer.

In the Dasht-e Kavir Desert, you can see few animals, such as the Persian gazelles who live in the steppe part of the Desert, and the wild sheep, camels, goats, and even Persian leopards can be mainly found in the mountainous areas of the Desert.


dasht e kavir in iran


  • Kavir-e Lut Desert


Kavir-e Lut is also known as the Dasht-e Lut, and it is situated in the eastern part of  Iran. The Kavir-e Lut Desert was initially a natural item which was inscribed by the UNESCO’s World Heritage and since then the surface of the land of the Desert has been measured as high as 70 degrees C, and hence, this makes the Kavir-e Lut Desert the hottest as well as the driest place in the entire world. Right about 320km from the northwest to the southwest, the Kavir-e Lut is located with an area of 51,800 km2. The eastern part of this Desert is covered with a plateau that is covered in salt and while the central part of it has been sculpted by the wind and has created a series of ridges and furrows.


Lut desert in iran


  • Maranjab Desert in IsfahanThe Maranjab Desert in Isfahan


Isfahan is one of the most popular cities in Iran has a lot of attractions and the Maranjab Desert is one of them.

The Maranjab Desert is located close to Aran Va Bidgol city, which is located in Isfahan. At this Desert, you can easily visit and see the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai and the Dastkan pit. There is no doubt you will enjoy the walk through the golden sands or even want laying down and staring at the clear sky of the Desert, which is very scenic. If you are planning to stay overnight, then you will be happy to know that the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai has a place for visitors to accommodate.


Mesr desert In Iran

  • Mesr Desert


This beautiful Mesr Desert is located very close to the village of the Mesr in the Isfahan province. Mesr Desert is also known as the Desert’s sand sea; this particular Desert is one of the most popular and well-known Deserts of Iran. Activities such as biking, camel riding as well as Desert hiking are possible in this Desert.

Nights are beautiful and jaw-dropping while staring at the sky. There is nothing to worry about when it comes to accommodation as the Mesa Desert has suitable places for staying near the villages.


Kalut desert in Iran



  • Kalut Shahdab Desert


If you ask for another city in ran for touring during the fall and winter, here you go. Kerman is the best city for you and has a lot of national attractions. Among the fantastic attractions of the Kerman is the Kalut Shahdab Desert. This Desert is known as yardangs scientifically. It has got beautiful yet strange shapes due to the water and wind erosion, which happened 20 thousand years ago right in the Loot Desert heart. The good news is that same as other Deserts; you can spend the night here in the Shahdad Desert camps.


Bafgh desert in Yazd




  • Bafgh Desert


Bafgh Desert is located in the province of Yazd, and it is a stunning Desert that belongs to the country of Iran.

You can enjoy your visit to this Desert and add trekking, camel riding, and being present in the traditional mansions overnight. We are just sure that even a day trip to the Bafgh Desert will give you a chance of enjoying the sunset in its great golden sands.




  • Varzaneh Desert


Coming back to Isfahan city, there is another Desert worth visiting which is located 100 km away from the province of Isfahan. Mostly famous for its golden sands is the beautiful Varzaneh Desert. The Desert has a wind blowing that creates a fantastic atmosphere and presents various shapes that are eye-catching. In the Varzaneh Desert, you will be surprised to see the historical Varzaneh Bridge and the Ghurtan Citadel, which have a history of more than 1100 years.

A must visit Desert, I would say!


Varzaneh desert in Isfahan


  • Halvan Desert


The Halvan Desert is located right near the village of the Halvan, and it is another destination for those travelers who love the Desert. You can enjoy your traveling along with photography, camping, hiking, rock climbing as well as enjoying the ATV Safaris. The Halvan Desert welcomes all the travelers, and if you are a Solo Traveler and you are camping alone; you have nothing to worry about; there are accommodation facilities for the travelers that are willing to stay overnight in the Halvan Desert.

halvan desert iran


  • The Rig-e Jenn Desert


The Rig-e Jenn Desert is a beautiful destination for fans of Desert. This unique Desert is located in the central part of Iran, and it is very mysterious. About the Rig-e Jenn Desert, there are many legends, and people say they hear strange sounds in a few parts of this Desert, and people think there are some ghosts present in this Desert! Sounds scary, right?

Do not worry, this is all that people said, and you will be shocked to know and discover this crazy Desert and walk on the golden sands.


Righ e Jen desert in Iran


  • The Darvaz-e-Quran Desert


The Darvaz-e-Quran Desert is located very close to the Yazd province. The Desert provides travelers a memorable tour and unforgettable memories. You can enjoy the nights in this Desert and enjoy the stargazing sky. You can want more while going camel riding, zip line, live concert, skiing on the sand, and even ATV safaris. Sounds very tempting.



Where is the Iranian Deserts Location?


We spoke about the different Deserts in Iran, now let us see where they are exactly located.


  • Dasht-e Kavir Desert


Map of dashte kavir


Dasht-e-Kavir is located right in the Alborz mountains’ southeast basin, and it is approximately 240 miles wide.








  • Kavir-e Lut Desert


The second great Desert of Iran, Kavir-e Lut, is located in the city of  Kerman and the Sistan and Baluchestan.

This Desert is the 25th largest Desert in the entire world and has a width of 320km and a length of 480 km.


Lut desert map iran



  • The Maranjab Desert in Isfahan


Map of maranjab kavir in Iran


The Desert of the Maranjab is located in the Isfahan province. It has an average height of 850 m, which is 2,790 feet above sea level.



  • Mesr Desert


Map of mesr desert in Iran


The Desert of the Mesr is located 55 km away from the city of the Khoor. The distance of the Mesr Desert from the capital Tehran is about 700 km and takes almost 9 hours to reach there.






  • Kalut Shahdab Desert


The Kalut Desert is located in the Kerman province, and there are 100 hectares of salt in the shape of an egg in this Desert.


Kalut desrt map Iran



  • Bafgh Desert


This particular Desert is located in the province of Yazd, right 10 km away from the City of the Bafgh. The entire area of the Desert is 750 km.


  • Varzaneh Desert


The Desert of the Varzaneh is located 105 km southeast of the province of Isfahan and it is just 240 km away from the city of Yazd.


Varzaneh desert in isfahan map



  • The Rig-e Jenn Desert


Righe jen map in iran




This Desert has an area of 3,800 km and is located in the southwest part of the Kavir plain and the southern part of the province of Semnan.











How much is the Iran Deserts Temperature? 


With the help of the satellite temperature data, the Lut Desert is spotted to be the hottest spot on earth and the higher temperature overall the Lut Desert had was 70.7 degrees in the year 2005.

The Iran Desert temperatures vary as it is warmer during the daytime and gets cold at night and the difference in the temperature of the Deserts is quite drastic. During the daytime, the average temperature is about 100 degrees and the nights come down to about 25 degrees and the reason for the difference in the weather is the presence of the low amount of moisture present in the Desert’s air.


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When is the Best Time to Go to Iran Deserts?


The best time for you to visit the Deserts that are located in Iran is during the months of September and October. It is the best month to come and enjoy the dunes in the Deserts. Autumn will give you pleasing real-time Desert adventures that will be forever in your mind and memory.

This period is also known as the shoulder period, and it is the best time for you to visit the country and enjoy the tours in the Deserts that are located in Iran. Along with the Desert tour, you can enjoy yourself with the rides, safaris, skiing, and hiking, whereas the nights you can see the beautiful skies of the Deserts that are filled with shining stars.



8 Things to Do in Iran Deserts


Apart from visiting the Deserts, you can enjoy there doing the following:

1) Enjoy walking in the golden sands of the Deserts.

2)  Go hiking in the Deserts

3)  Enjoy and experience camel riding in the Deserts.

4) Safaris are a great experience, and you will fall in love with the Deserts by the safaris’ rides.

5) Deserts are a beautiful place for photography, and you will love clicking in here.

6) Climbing the trekking can be done in the Deserts too.

7) Some Deserts have historical places that you can travel and see.

8) The best part is that you can enjoy the beautiful scene at night and fall in love with the sky and the stars.



What is the best Iran Desert tour?


Elcid tour is the best Iran Desert tour operator, and it organizes a lot of tours for visitors. Elcid tour gives the best packages, and you can entirely rely on and trust their service. You will not regret trusting the Elcid tour, and we are sure you will go back to this tour for future traveling planning as well. You can even tailor your favorite tour on their website and ask them to make it ready. Please contact us to get more information about desert tours in Iran.


Some frequently asked questions are:


1.How is Iran Desert weather?


The Iran Desert weather is different. Iran is a big country, and for this reason, it has a different climate of mild and relatively wet as it gets on the coasts of the Caspian Sea. It gets cold in the mountains, and the Deserts are hot on the southern coast and the southeast. For instance, the Dasht-e Lut temperature varies from 45 degrees, and the winters are cold and dry.



2.How to join in an Iran Desert party?


There is nothing like an official Desert party in this case. Still, suppose you are very eager to add a Desert party to your package of visiting the Deserts. In that case, you can quickly contact the responsible person’s in the Elcid tour on their official website and ask them to tailor-make something close to that for you and complete your dreams of enjoying yourself entirely in the Deserts of Iran.


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3.What are the hobbies in the Iran Desert?


Apart from camel riding, trekking, climbing, and photography, you can do a lot more in the Deserts of Iran.

You can visit the neighboring villages and have the opportunity to taste the local food prepared by the people.

Have you seen the harvest of the saffron flower? Well, if you visit the Dasht-e Kavir Desert, you will be amazed to see the process and how the locals do it. You can visit castles and caravanserais. While you are visiting the Dasht-e Lut, you can travel and see the underground water reservoir which is located in Shahdab village.

The most exciting thing everyone liked and are sure to like and enjoy is seeing the farmers in the Desert of the Varzane sign to their cows while they pull the cows’ ropes. Tourists and visitors enjoy standing and watching this beautiful scene.



4.Can I stay in Iran Deserts at night?


Yes! You can stay overnight in the Iran Deserts as some Deserts do provide the visitors and the tourists with accommodations. If a particular Desert has no accommodation facilities, be sure that the villages near the area have such facilities for overnights.



5. Is Iran Desert suitable for children to come?


The Iran Desert is not dangerous for children, and the parents can bring their children. In the places where the animals are seen, it is better not to leave your children alone and make sure the place is safe for you

Deserts are an excellent place to visit and have family time. While you can enjoy the beauty of the Desert and relax yourself by walking on the golden sand, allow your children to play with the sand and know how the earth feels.

Deserts are safe for the kids as there is no mountain to climb and fall or no sea and ocean to fall and drown. So you can plan your trip and not worry about whether to bring your children along or not. Make your journey a memorable one with your family.


A beautiful and exciting topic, wasn’t it?

Nature is beautiful. It has given humankind seasons, each having their respective beauties and unique in their way. So why to waste the opportunities provided and sit home when you can enjoy the days of your life traveling and discovering the beauty of the world.

Are you having any more doubts or questions about the Deserts located in Iran? Are there any more details that you would like to know before booking your tickets?

Feel free to contact us and ask your questions on the official website of the Elcid tour and let our guides advise and help you out.

We hope the next time you travel to Iran, you will be sure where you want to visit with the Elcid tour’s guidance.



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