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Pinos Altos, New Mexico

On May 18, 1860, three prospectors, frustrated by previous failures in the region, paused for a drink of water at Bear Creek, near today's Pinos Altos. To their surprise, they found themselves staring at gold in the bottom of the cold clear stream. More...

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall and the Rings Loop Trail

Mojave National Preserve - Discover how Hole-in-the- Wall got its name as you enter Banshee Canyon. Resembling Swiss cheese, the walls of the canyon invite further exploration, but be careful where you put your hands and feet. Climb out of Banshee Canyon to the picnic area with the help of metal rings mounted in the rock. More...

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Touring East California Route 178

The southern approach to Death Valley National Park from I-15 is via Route 127. A mile or so past the Shoshone ranger station, turn east on California Route 178. Between here and the Visitor Center 69 miles away, this route crosses Salsberry (3315 feet) and Jubilee (1290 feet) passes, then descending, turns north and runs the length of the Death Valley trough. Along the way there are numerous points of interest. More...

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Beatty, Nevada

The historical community of Beatty was founded in 1900 as the railroad service center for the Bullfrog Mining District. It was once served by 3 railroads that ran through to the booming metropolis of nearby Rhyolite, then a town of 10,000. Today, Rhyolite is a ghost town, and Beatty is a casual highway stopping point for travelers to Death Valley. 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...

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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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