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Little People

The memorial may have started as a single, simple rock monument to a friend, but it's turned into a sculpture garden of little people icons stretching over this small sandy valley. We visited the area in March of 2018 and were amazed to see hundreds of stone monuments there. More...



Pinacate beetles are one of the great walkers of the desert beetle world and are often encountered, seemingly wandering at random. Studies have shown that they are probably in search of food, which they find by odor. More...

Monarch on Butterfly Bush

Create a Backyard Nature Preserve

One of the most rewarding experiences of gardening and landscaping is viewing the wildlife that your garden attracts. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, insects, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife find refuge in backyard gardens. More...

Vallecito Stage Station

Vallecito Stage Station

Imagine taking 26 days to receive your mail ... not so long ago, your mail came through what's now Vallecito County Park. It's a place where you can take a step back in time. 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...

Death Valley

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...

Human on Sand Dunes

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...

Old Dale Road

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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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Ghost Towns in Southern Arizona

There are a number of interesting ghost towns in southern Arizona, especially in the area around Tombstone, and in or near Coronado National Forest. I'm including towns that are completely abandoned, as well as towns that still have residents. More...


Kit Carson and the Santa Fe Trail

Christopher "Kit" Carson played an almost legendary role in the exploration and settlement of the American West, from its thorny deserts to its forested mountain slopes to its grassy prairielands. He defined a noble vision of the American frontiersman. More...

Inside Carey's Castle

Carey's Castle

The deserts of the Southwest are littered with the ruins of abandoned mines, the remains of failed cattle ventures, and the abandoned shelters of desert squatters who searched for treasure or just simple solitude. 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. More...

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