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DesertUSA's Wildflower Reports: 2016 Desert Wildflower Season.

April 16-19, 2016 - Mary reported, "TITUS CANYON Road (high clearance/four wheel drive) has flowers so intense in places that travelers were saying to each other it was hard to believe. There are blooms all along the 26 mile road." View all current reports...

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Mogollan art

Mogollon Magic

Across their range - from southeastern Arizona and northeastern Sonora through southern New Mexico and northern Chihuahua into western Texas - the Mogollon people left us with stunning galleries of mysterious and evocative images painted or chiseled on surfaces of stone. More...

The Impossible Railroad

The Impossible Railroad

The San Diego and Arizona Railroad opened the first modern line between San Diego and the East. The railroad was one of the most expensive ever built in the U.S., costing almost $19 million in 1919. In the Carrizo Gorge, the railroad crosses 14 trestles and goes through 21 tunnels in only 11 miles. More...

Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon

Palo verde and smoke trees are abundant throughout the canyon, and bighorn sheep, desert tortoises and spotted bats have been seen in the Mecca Hills area. Painted Canyon is a scenic location for a short auto-tour, a hike or a walk. It's also an excellent subject area for photography enthusiasts. More...

Camel Spiders - Wind Scorpions

Camel Spiders - Wind Scorpions

Few desert animals are as perplexing or alien-looking as the solifuge. Just like the terrifying human outlaws of the Old West, the arachnids of the order Solifugae go by many an alias: "camel spider," "sun spider," "wind scorpion," and "solpugid" among them. They have a reputation exaggerated by myth, superstition, and urban legend, but in reality are fascinating and enigmatic animals. 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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