There is a desert in Montana, just off the Pipestone exit on I-90, an hour’s drive west of Bozeman. It just snowed a foot in town, and this time of year, when I wish I was in Moab, the Pipestone granite is often dry and climbable.
Local legend Tom Kingsbury is a main developer of the thousands of boulders in the Boulder Batholith. His website, Bouldering the Backwaters, has cool pictures and stories.
Discovering the Desert has been a soul-saver for me the last couple years. In spring and fall, it’s a great place to stretch out, climb highball boulder problems on decent granite, and listen to the hum of the dirt bikers and quad-ers.