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20 Mule Team in Borax

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...

Alien Convention at Giant Rock

George Van Tassel Meets Aliens
from Venus

It was nighttime in the desert, and I was sitting on a rock looking at all the stars and planets in the dark sky above me. I had to wonder, are we really alone? Of course, many people have asked that question. I'd like to tell you about one of them, and about a Giant Rock. More...

Muerto Trail

Dead Man's Journey

Headed southward toward Mexico in the summer of 1670, over a trail through a foreboding desert landscape bounded by dark and sullen mountains to the east and west, a party of five traders made a grim discovery. More...

Amethyst

The Amethyst

The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from the Greeks. Dionysus, the god of intoxication, was angered one day by an insult from a mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal he encountered. More...

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Horned Owls

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...

Joshua Tree

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...

Petroglyphs

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...

Colorado River

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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Kokopelli

Kokopelli

The Southwest Indians' Humpbacked Flute Player, commonly known by the Hopi word "Kokopelli," usually appears on stone or ceramics or plaster as part of a galaxy of ancient characters and symbols. More...

Copper Town

Lonely Copper Town

Arizona is full of former mining towns oriented towards tourists. Fortunately, there are other towns that are not tourist-oriented and may offer a more authentic mining camp experience. One such place is Clifton, Arizona. More...

Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon Preserve is home to numerous prehistoric archaeological sites which are spectacularly located in cliffs and along the rim of Walnut Canyon. Evidence of human use at Walnut Canyon can be traced back over 2,000 years. More...

The Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon

Colorado River Basin -
Lifeline of the Southwest

The Colorado River and its tributaries flow through the Great Basin, the Sonoran and the Mojave deserts, providing a vital lifeline to the arid American Southwest. These rivers are also responsible for carving some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet! More...

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