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Burro Schmidt's Tunnel

Miner's Shortcut to Nowhere

All "Burro" Schmidt would ever say about his tunnel, was that it was a "shortcut." He never really explained why he spent some 33 years of his life digging, single handedly, through a mountain to reach an isolated ledge, over 4000 feet above sea level. More...

William Bonney

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid was born in 1859, most likely in New York City. After a short stay in Kansas, his mother eventually settled in New Mexico, where Billy would earn his fame. Billy the Kid (also known as William Bonney, Henry McCarty, and Henry Antrim) is a figure who has long fired the imagination and interest of the American public. More...

Canyon that leads to area of discovery

Prehistoric Trackways

In the Robledo Mountains - a small range a few miles northwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico, there lies a remarkable geologic chapter in the story of life on our restless planet. It now ranks as the world's most important fossil record of its kind for its geologic time – the Permian period of the Paleozoic Era. More...

Exploring the Fumarole

Discovery at Aden Crater

One day about 11,000 years ago, as the last Ice Age drew slowly to a close, an immature shasta ground sloth found disaster in southwestern New Mexico. The lumbering creature, probably by misstep or from predatory pursuit, evidently stumbled and plunged into a gas vent, at the rim of Aden Crater-a low-lying volcanic lava cone. 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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