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Are you riding over gold?

Riding Over Gold

The Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area lies within the area described by numerous legends as the location of Pegleg's lost gold. OHV enthusiasts may not be aware of the legend of Pegleg's lost gold or its rumored whereabouts. More...


The Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Something more than desert wildflowers and the Anza-Borrego DSP State Park is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California. People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures. More...

Joshua Tree in the Snow

Free "Legal" and Uncrowded Access to Joshua Tree NP

It's a beautiful, scenic drive; 14 miles from KFC to the Peak directly, but two side trips to Upper and Lower Covington Flats will add some time to your trip. This is one of the two areas that I know of that has the largest Joshua trees I've ever seen. More...

photo by Lara Hartley

Cadillac Ranch on Route 66

Route 66 is notorious in part for its nostalgic charm and unique roadside memorabilia. This art structure fits right in with the fun kitsch of the genre. Cadillac Ranch is a large art installation consisting of a series of 10 old Cadillacs sticking out of the ground in a perfect line. 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...

Schrimpf Seep Field

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...

Amboy Crater

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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Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills

Classic films like How the West Was Won and Humphrey Bogart's Treasure of the Sierra Madre were filmed here. It's still a choice location for movies, TV shows, and commercials today. More recent films shot on location here include Iron Man and a couple of Star Trek movies. More...

Bristol Dry Lake After Rain

Bristol Dry Lake - Off Rt 66

Ever wonder where that salt at your table comes from? Well, Bristol Dry Lake is one of the sources. With 60 million tons in reserve, you will be able to salt your food for some time to come. More...

Acoma Pueblo

The Sky City - Acoma Pueblo

The storm struck with cosmic fury. Lightning ripped the sky, the thunder sounding like a duel of cannons. The mesa-top village threatened to collapse, and the caretaker boy descended Ladder Rock through the fury of the storm to summon help. More...

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater
on Route 66

This 250-foot-high crater is approximately 6,000 years old and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. A footpath leads to the top of the cone where you can get a good view of the surrounding area. More...

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