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Mojave Trail Map

The East Mojave Heritage Trail

Many overlanders have either heard of or explored the historic 140-mile-long Mojave Road located in the East Mojave Desert in California. However, ask those same overlanders if they've heard of the East Mojave Heritage Trail and you'll most likely get a blank stare in response. More...


Exploring Yucca Valley

We left Orange County, California early one morning and made the two hour drive inland to the Yucca Valley area toward our home for the evening, the Pioneertown Motel. In 1946, Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. More...

Clifton, AZ

Clifton, Arizona - A Lonely Copper Town

Arizona is full of former mining towns oriented towards tourists: Tombstone, Bisbee, Jerome and Goldfield; towns that offer visitors an accessible introduction to the state's mining history. There are other towns that are not tourist-oriented though and may offer a more authentic mining-camp experience. One such place is Clifton, Arizona. More...

London Bridge at Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu

Mooring is being allowed again on Bridgewater Channel beaches. The HavasuNews reported May 27th, 2020, "There was no shortage of people at London Bridge Beach, Thompson Bay, Rotary Park, and along Bridgewater Channel on a Saturday afternoon earlier this month." Arizona's stay at home order was lifted May 11, 2020. 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...

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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...

Badwater at Death Valley

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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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. More...

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The Roadrunner

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the head, repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead. More...

Hiking the White Pocket

Hiking the White Pocket

Getting to White Pocket is an adventure in and of itself. Even the GMC that we were driving had a tough time navigating its way through the myriad of dips, twists, and turns. The trip there was filled with almost as many laughs and sarcasm as it was with bumps. More...

Airplane Graveyards

Airplane Graveyards

You may have heard about aging elephants that wander off to die in a specific communal place, a kind of elephant graveyard. It’s sort of the same concept in south central Tucson, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, where old airplanes instead of old pachyderms come to rest. More...

20 Mule Team

Borax and the 20-Mule Team

Men in search of quick fortunes began drifting into Death Valley after the Civil War, hoping to find a lucky strike of gold or silver. In 1881, one such prospector, Aaron Winters, was living with his wife, Rosie, at Ash Meadows, a desolate place near the Funeral Mountain. More...

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