Desert Dragons was begun by paddlers from two separate teams, Bosom Buddies and Pinks, who desired to travel to races outside of Las Vegas. Desert Dragons later split into two teams and the remaining paddlers began to rebuild. A new feeder team was added called Dragon Ass to help new paddlers build experience. Makin' Waves was started shortly after to fulfill the desire for a coed team. As of 2019, the team has transitioned to one name, Desert Dragons.