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Pike's Peak

Leave Your Car at the Bottom

Sure, you can drive to the top and get a bumper sticker that reads "This Car Climbed Pikes Peak", but it's more rewarding to get the t-shirt proclaiming the feat done with your feet. The hike to the Pikes Peak Summit is just over twelve miles and 7,800 feet altitude gain, with most of the elevation gain over the first three miles of the trail. An overnight stay at Barr Camp at 10,000 feet elevation provides a welcome relief. The next day the climb continues to the summit at 14,110 feet. More...

Keys Ranch

Bill Keys and the Desert Queen Ranch

Keys and his wife, Francis, didn't just survive in their desolate lonely ranch, now surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park, they thrived. Keys started out as a caretaker for the Desert Queen Mine around 1910. In 1915, the absent landowner, William Morgan, who had never actually paid Keys for five years of service, died. Keys filed against the estate for payment of back wages, asking for the Desert Queen Mine and the mill site. More...

Pendejo Cave

Scotty MacNeish's Pendejo Cave

If what MacNeish and his team discovered during excavations from 1990 to 1993 in Pendejo Cave weathers the storm of controversy it has raised in American archaeology, it will help change fundamental beliefs about when man first appeared in the Southwest. More...


Keet Seel Hike

When I got a chance to take a rugged three-day hike to some mysterious ruins of a long-vanished civilization, I recruited a girlfriend, Theresa, and we set out to investigate the ancient and compelling myth of testosterone-sort of a girls' adventure out. More...

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Desert Animals

What animals live in the desert? How do animals survive in the desert? Learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted to the harsh desert ecosystems. Here is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal. Learn how they survive in the desert biome. More...


Desert Plants

How do plants survive the desert? Desert flora have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Here are links to the flora found in the deserts, with photos and information about each plant. More...

Salton Sea

Desert Life - Animals, Plants, People and the Environment

Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. Deserts can be classified as "hot" or "cold". Deserts receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people. More...


Desert Activities - Explore the Desert

The desert is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and to spend time in recreational activities. People go to the desert to camp, to hike, to bike, to fish, to explore and to experience the unique environment found only in the American Southwest and its deserts. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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