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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Desert bighorn do not require drinking water in winter when green vegetation is available. During the summer months they visit waterholes at least every three days. More...

Gold on Quartzite

Gold in the Desert

When John Marshall discovered gold at John Sutter's sawmill in 1848, he triggered the California Gold Rush. In the following years, prospectors invaded the mountain ranges that crossed the Chihuahuan, Sonoran and Mojave deserts. More...

Sharps Carbine

Sharps Rifle

The Sharps carbines and the Sharps rifles, invented by Christian Sharps, would become legends for the roles they played in the theatres of the Civil War, the buffalo-killing fields of the Great Plains and the desert battlefields of the Southwest's Indian Wars. More...

Monument Valley

A Visit to Monument Valley

At first, the land looks like Armageddon. Twisted trees, blowing sand, and exposed and fractured rocks cover the punished landscape. Thousand-foot mountains stand stripped by erosion to their rocky core. 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

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...

Petrified Forest

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...

Telescope Peak

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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Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbits

Jack rabbits are true hares because, unlike the cottontailed rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their eyes wide open. More...

Elmer and His Bottletrees

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch on Rt 66

It started simply enough. Elmer Long and his dad, also an Elmer, had collected thousands of bottles and other artifacts on their frequent camping trips to the desert. Elmer decided to save the collection and he built his initial tree in about 2000. More...

Dripping Springs

The Lure of the Dripping Springs

Standing before the granite surface that conducts Dripping Springs' stream of moisture into a small pond, you wonder about the source of the water. Issuing from what appears to be a solid mass of stone above, it seems almost magical. More...

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Back in the mid-1940s self proclaimed "old time medicine man," Curtis Howe Springer established this area of the Mojave as the Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort and Health Spa. The American Medical Association subsequently dubbed Springer "the King of Quacks." More...

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