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Trona Pinnacles

The Searles Valley

Trona, home to Searles Lake playa, is located in the Searles Valley on Hwy 178 in the Greater Mojave Desert. Searles Lake is one of a chain of pleistocene lakes which were formed during the Ice Ages. More...

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

The landscape seems to always be in motion in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Shadows drift around outcroppings, peaks and spires like ghosts playing hide-and-seek. Red, orange and cream-colored sandstone walls are marbled with piƱon, juniper and cypress trees. More...

Wildflowers in the Desert

When Will They Bloom?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about desert wildflowers. Each year, the unique combination of sun, wind, water, temperature and elevation sets the stage for the precise location of the best springtime blooms. More...

Amboy Crater

Getting the Perfect Picture

Whether you're buying your first camera or want to learn how to use it, we've got the photography tips and tricks to help you get that perfect picture. Light is your paint, your camera the brush. 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...

Organ Pipe Cactus

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...

Franklin Mountains

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...

Death Valley Salt Flats

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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Vermilion Cliffs

Vermilion Cliffs

The Paria Canyon has towering walls streaked with desert varnish, huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces, and hanging gardens. The 3,000-foot escarpment known as the Vermilion Cliffs dominates the landscape. More...

Slab City

Slab City

A few miles east of Niland, California, is an area know as the Slabs. The Slabs have been referred to both as "the last free place on earth" and an "anarchist RV town." The site was the location of the old Camp Dunlap, a U.S. Marine Corps base in 1942. More...

Niland Geyser

Menacing Mud on the Move

Dubbed the "Slow One", a mud pot five miles northwest of Niland, California is making history. The Niland Geyser, an odiferous, bubbly mud pool, first appeared in 1953 and was a typical, stationary mudpot until some time around 2007 when it began to move. More...

Petroglyphs in Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon Hiking

The hot sand radiated heat as we dropped down to the sandy wash. Our destination was Grapevine Canyon near Spirit Mountain. I wondered what it must've been like some 1500 years ago when the Indians were the sole inhabitants of the area. More...

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