We took a trip to Mount Charleston a few weeks ago. Took a turn onto a dirt bike trail. Ended up on the top of a hill, overlooking a large expanse of desert.
The thing about living in such a flat, dry environment is that you can see so far. You can easily see sixty miles or more.
There is a calm, spiritual feeling about the desert. I spent several quiet moments just looking around me as the wind whipped my hair and clothes.
I would like to drive up there one evening for star watching. There are no artificial lights; I bet you could even see the milky way.