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Could there be a lost ship in the desert?

The Lost Ship in the Desert

Of all the legends about lost and found, and lost again treasures in the Southwest, there is none more mystifying than the enduring tale of a large sailing vessel which lies, full of riches, somewhere in the restless sands of California's Salton Sea basin. More...

Old Building in Pinos Altos

Pinos Altos - Expect the Unexpected

Over the past century and a half, those who have come to Pinos Altos - now a sequestered hamlet nestled in the ponderosa pines at the southern edge of New Mexico's Gila Wilderness - have learned to expect the unexpected. More...

Death Valley Scotty and the Johnsons

Prospector - Performer - Con Man Extraordinaire

One of the most popular attractions in Death Valley National Park is Scotty's Castle, a two-story Spanish Villa in Grapevine Canyon that is neither a "Castle" nor, "Scotty's." More...

Gold Dust in a Pan

Gold Dust in Arizona's Washes

A large percentage of the world's gold deposits are still undiscovered despite man's efforts to locate pockets of the precious metal. Streams and their tributaries that flow across gold-bearing areas are likely to carry traces of the precious metal. 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...


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...

The Integraton

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...

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Monument Valley

2 Day Adventure in Death Valley

There are many great side trips from Vegas but, without a doubt, a two-day circuit through Death Valley is one of the most unforgettable. If your idea of Death Valley is one of a vast nothingness baking in the shimmering heat, then you are in for a big surprise. More...


Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrieval and Repair

On our recent trip to the desert, as we were nearing the In-Kop-Pah Mountains, I spotted something interesting; it looked like a small flying saucer! I had to stop to look at that. We pulled over and started poking around. More...


Rhythm of Life and Atlatl - Geoglyphs

Two massive geoglyphs were created using over 460 tons of stones, stacked to create the immense designs. Rhythm of Life is an optimistic symbol of life and regeneration, while Atlatl echoes the pictographs left by indians in the area. More...

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...

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