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Fossil Hunting in the Yuha Basin

The Yuha Basin was once covered with lush vegetation, vast lakes and numerous Indian encampments. The fossils, geoglyphs, and other evidence left behind are the only clues we have to tell a story that spans millions of years. More...

El Camino del Diablo

El Camino Del Diablo

El Camino del Diablo - the Highway of the Devil - once a 250-mile link between the northwestern frontier of Mexico and the colonies of California, began at Caborca, in Mexico's state of Sonora. More...

Wolf and Man

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

This 90-acre homestead between the Ramah Navajo and Zuni reservations provides permanent, lifetime, safe sanctuary to abused and abandoned, displaced, unwanted, and un-releasable captive-bred wolves and wolf dogs. More...


Desert Food Chain

As producers, the plants, in effect, create storehouses of solar energy, setting the dinner table, often impoverished in the desert, for the animals, the "consumers." 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...


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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Rock PIles in the Mojave

Rock Piles

Some folks say the Mojave Desert is just a bunch of rocks -- a "gravel pit." While other deserts around the world seem to be made of pure sand, those in the American Southwest are a bit rockier. More...

Car stuck in the sand

Off-Roading: Adventure vs Disaster

Taking a sport utility vehicle off-highway can be a tremendous adventure -- but it can also be a complete disaster, unless you first take the time to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the trail. More...

Bagdad Cafe photo by lara hartley

Myth of the Bagdad Cafe Lives On

"Bon jour! Comment allez-vous?", Andree Pruett called out to the gaggle of tourists fresh off the bus parked in front of the Bagdad Cafe of which she is the proud owner. The odd cafe is a landmark location on Route 66. More...

Sick Desert Bighorn

Last Rites for a Desert Bighorn

I'd seen her two days before during the bighorn sheep count. Four legs spread wide; her head hung as if muscles were not attached. Drainage flowed from her eyes and nose. Something must be done! More...

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