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Petrified Wood

Petrified Forest

Located on both sides of Interstate 40 between Gallup, New Mexico and Holbrook, Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park is best known for its brilliant displays of petrified wood and views of the Painted Desert. Less known, but equally impressive, are the extensive deposits of Triassic-age fossils -- including dinosaurs -- and the remnants of prehistoric Anasazi pueblos. More...

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Oregon's high desert country gets less attention than deserts in the Southwest, but it's just as fascinating. The Cascade Mountains block moisture from reaching Central Oregon, creating rain shadows and warmer air to the east. As with much of the Pacific Northwest, Central Oregon high desert country is rich in geologic features and recreation opportunities, particularly around Bend. Though you may be tempted to bypass Newberry National Volcanic Monument, don't drive by. Instead, spend a day discovering its unusual geology. More...

Native American Pottery

Native American Pottery

For some 20 centuries, the Native American potters of the Southwestern deserts have produced ceramic vessels that give expression to their heritage. Through their distinctive and enduring work, they have marked the boundaries and durations of their traditions, the cultural reach of their people, and the courses of their trade routes and migrations. In the bodies of their vessels, they have left clues to sources of raw materials and techniques of manufacture. More...

Abandoned Hearth

Lost Horse Mine

Hiking the Lost Horse Mine Trail is an exploration into history. It is also a scenic adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. The hike to the Lost Horse Mine starts at four thousand six hundred feet and ascends southeast along an old mine road to five thousand one hundred and twenty feet. 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...

The Sahara

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...

Hiking Canyon X

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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