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Spring Rattles In

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. More...

Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion

The rustic mansion, built from rough, log-slab siding, hand-split wooden shingles and volcanic rock, blends perfectly with the rugged Flagstaff landscape. The home was designed by Charles Whittlesey, who also planned El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. More...

C Street in Virginia City

Virginia City, NV & the Comstock Lode

"Even the devil would be homesick in Nevada," opined Mark Twain after his short sojourn in the sagebrush territory destined to become the Silver State. Mark Twain is arguably Virginia City's most famous early resident. More...

Titus Canyon

Death Valley's Titus Canyon

As the road reaches the foothills, it starts to climb and meander among the red rock outcroppings. The road becomes steeper and narrower as it approaches Red Pass, aptly named for its red rocks and dirt. 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...

Wagon Boss

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...

Milky Way over Borrego Springs Art

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. More...

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Wildflowers in Anza Borrego

Four Drives into Desert Wildflower Country

With the increasing temperatures and longer daylight of early spring, perennials and annuals wildflowers burst forth, making a spectacular show. I pack a camera or two, a few well-worn guidebooks and road maps, and head out to scout wildflowers. When I do, I usually follow these four easy itineraries. More...

Cave in Hueco Tanks

Konate's Staff and
the Wolf That Saved Him

From the sheltering mouth of their cave, which now seemed more like a tomb than a defensive refuge, some 20 Kiowa raiders watched the fires of the Mexican militia appear one after the other on the darkening rocky desert hillsides of the natural amphitheater. More...

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Prehistoric desert people wandered the upland canyons of the Ajo Range to gather wild foods and to drink from pools of water in the rock known as tinajas. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, descendants of these prehistoric peoples, the Tohono O'odham (formerly called the Papago), occupied this section of the Sonoran Desert. More...

Fort Piute

Fort Piute - On The Mojave Road

Whether establishing a "presence", in order to protect travelers from hostile Indians, or using its thousands of square miles for the training of its personnel, the U.S. military has been connected with the California desert for nearly two centuries. More...

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