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. Whatever your reason for going, there are plenty of things to do once you get there.
Here is a list of things to do to get you started.
- Auto Touring/Exploring
- Biking & Cycling
- Ghost Towns & Cemeteries
- Gold Prospecting and Treasure Hunting
- Gold Panning in the desert
- Desert Caves and Caving
- Finding, Collecting, Viewing Fossils
- Golf Courses & Resorts
- Hiking & Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Off-Highway Vehicles (Off-Roading)
- Desert Photography
- Raceway Driving
- Rockhounding and Treasure Hunting
- Shopping - The Best Places to Go Shopping in the Desert
- Water Sports - Fishing, Boating & Rafting
- Wildflower Viewing (early spring)
- Wildlife Viewing
- Wine Tasting
You might also be interested in:
- Desert Survival Primer
- How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Survival Tool
- 7 Smartphone Apps to Improve Your Camping Experience
- GPS Navigation Systems
Can Be a Misleading Travel Companion
- Twenty Six Tips for Surviving in the Desert
- Heat Acclimation (Combating the Desert Heat)
- Desert Safety Tips
- Desert Survival Tips on the Desert Road Trip Blog
- Too Darn Hot - Tips on Driving in the Desert
Holiday Activities in the desert:
- Fall Colors & Spooky Stories
- Halloween Haunts
- October is Time to Visit Ghost Towns
- Thanksgiving Holiday Destinations
- Peeps in the Wild - A Cautionary Tale
If you are planning a trip or would like to learn more about the parks, cities, recreation areas and points of interest in the desert, Places To Go is a great starting point. Here you can explore parks, discover ghost towns, navigate rivers, visit cities, and view historical and cultural sites located in the desert. If you are gathering information for an upcoming trip, make sure to confirm times, date and rates with individual parks etc., since any information could change without notice. Places To Go
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The Saguaro Video
The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet.
Desert Food Chain Video
A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat.
Prickly pear cactus Video
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest. Most prickly pears have large spines on their stems and vary in height from less than a foot to 6 or 7 feet.
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