Featured Articles

Schrimpf Seep Field

Mud Pots and Volcanoes

Most people don't know that there are active volcanoes in Southern California. They are the Salton Buttes, five lava domes in areas named Mullet Island, Obsidian Butte, Red Island, and Rock Hill. More...

Driving Course

Truckhaven 4X4 Training Area

Want to test or improve your 4X4 driving skills? Ocotillo Wells SVRA has an adrenaline-fueled addition: the Truckhaven 4X4 Training Area. It consists of 22 colorfully named obstacles spread across 30 acres. More...

Cochise and Bascom

Cochise and the Bascom Affair

On the evening of January 28, 1861 the young Bascom and his detachment returned to Fort Buchanan. He reported to his commanding officer that the tracks of the raiders' ponies led eastward from Ward's ranch toward the Chiricahua Mountains. More...

African Wild Dogs

The African Wild Dog

The African wild dog belongs to the true dog family, which includes the domestic dog, the wolf, the coyote, the fox, the dingo and the jackal. Each African wild dog - leggy, tall and slender, somewhat like a greyhound - bears a unique and decorative coat. More...

Explore the Desert


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...

Chainfruit Cholla

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...

Montgomery City Ghost Town

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...

Car Driving in Anza Borrego

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...

Trending Top Stories

Milky Way and Monster

Monsters at Borrego Springs

I'm at one of the darkest places on earth according to my map. It's a little scary, especially while visions of coyotes, scorpions, and roving gangs of desert hares dance in my head. I'm here to photograph monsters. More...

Indian Mesa Ruins

Indian Mesa Ruin

The Indian Mesa ruin, in the Salt River Valley some 40 miles north of downtown Phoenix, is little known and even less visited. It is located within the city limits of Peoria, Arizona, and just outside the city limits of Phoenix. More...

Tank at the Patton Museum

Patton Memorial Museum

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum was established to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center (DTC) and overseas. More...

Superstitions Mountains

Lost Dutchman Mine

For more than 120 years, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine has haunted the minds and souls of treasure seekers throughout the world. Said to be the most famous lost mine of all time, it's located in the Superstition Mountains, long associated with the tale of an ancient Apache curse. More...

Desert News


Featured DesertUSA Writers' Blogs

Share this page on Facebook:

DesertUSA Newsletter -- We send articles on hiking, camping and places to explore, as well as animals, wildflower reports, plant information and much more. Sign up below or read more about the DesertUSA newsletter here. (It's Free.)

The Desert Environment
The North American Deserts
Desert Geological Terms



Enter E-Mail address:

Take a look at our Animals index page to find information about all kinds of birds, snakes, mammals, spiders and more!

Writing-Expert - essay site helps students online.

Prospecting? Here's how to look for gold in the desert.

Hot temperatures in the desert

Are you interested in the temperatures in the desert?
Click here to see current desert temperatures!


Home  | About | Contact Us | Feedback | Privacy | Site Outline | Advertising on DesertUSA | Aquis Towels | Hotels | Polo Club News

Copyright © 1996-2018 DesertUSA.com and Digital West Media, Inc. - -