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Exploring Desert Roads

When you're planning to explore the desert from the comfort of your car, where to go and what to see is always the big question. DesertUSA staff and our writers have traveled all over the deserts. We've made a list of our top places to visit. More...

Carriage Ride in Julian, CA

Julian, California

This historic gold-mining town is nestled among oak and pine forests between the north end of the Cuyamaca Range and the south slope of Volcan Mountain. The entire township of Julian is a Designated Historical District. More...

Aerial Tram Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Beat the desert heat! Immediately behind Mountain Station is the 13,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness State Park. It contains 54 miles of hiking trails, five primitive campgrounds and a ranger station. One can enjoy mule rides here in the summer. More...

Seldom Seen Slim

Seldom Seen Slim

Can you imagine living in a deserted ghost town, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, with no water source or electricity? Can you imagine living in a place once referred to as "The suburbs of Hell?" 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...

Sun in the Desert

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...

Petrified Forest

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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 in the Desert

How Do Animals Survive in the Desert?

Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. But animals have an additional problem -- they are more susceptible to extremes of temperature than are plants. For four or five months of the year, the daily temperatures in the desert may actually exceed the range in which animal tissue can survive. More...

Ledge House at Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument is a non-fee park and consists of three non-contiguous monuments all located within the Navajo Nation in Northeastern Arizona. Betatakin and Keet Seel are open for visitation during the summer season. More...

Burrowing Owl (lower right)

Saving the Burrowing Owls

It amazes me how few people have seen burrowing owls. When I talk about them, their usual response is "but owls are only out at night!" Well, these animated little critters actually spend a good deal of their time outside their burrows during the day. More...

Pancho Villa Statue

Pancho Villa and the Raid of Columbus, NM

Jack Thomas, deputy sheriff, and other officials sensed "something in the air," said Bill Rakocy, Villa Raids Columbus, N. Mex. Mar. 9, 1916. "They had noticed strange Mexicans in town-many 'friendly Mexicans' became silent and some left town." More...

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