Your views as you drive EAST are of Southern California high desert. It's very dry. But the rock formations from volcanoes and other land masses make for majestic views.
When you pass the Colorado River,
and enter Arizona,
the terrain changes. You climb in altitude to several thousand feet elevation.
This is basin and range country. And it's GREEN!
I love the large views of Northern Arizona. And I love that it's on the way to Santa Fe!