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Planning a Safe Summer Road Trip

For at-risk populations a road trip can reduce the opportunities for exposure. 35% of people surveyed said they would prefer driving over flying because of fears that they could be exposed to the coronavirus on an airplane. More...

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Bodie State Historic Park, CA

More than 200,000 people a year visit this genuine California gold mining ghost town, where more than 170 buildings are protected in a state of "arrested decay" on more than 1,000 remote acres, administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. More...

Mangas Colorados

The Night They Shot Mangas Coloradas

"...the single greatest leader the Apaches had was a physical giant as well as a domineering personality: Mangas Coloradas..." said James L. Haley, in Apaches: A History and Culture Portrait. "He was a truly striking figure. More...

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Houseboating on Lake Mead

"Grandma, this is sweet!" exclaimed 9-year old Jenna upon entering our 70 ft. Forever Houseboat. It set the tone, as three generations of the Scott family, from three states, set sail into the new year. More...

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Harvester Ants

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...

Plants in the Desert

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...

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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...

Lady in Blue

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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Jornada del Muerto

Jornada del Muerto Trail

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...

Nellie Cashman

Nellie Cashman,
The Angel of Tombstone

Described by her biographer as "Pretty as a Victorian cameo and, when necessary, tougher than two-penny nails," this extraordinary woman wandered frontier mining camps of the 1800s seeking gold, silver and a way to help others. More...

Woman with Crystals

Montezuma's Castle

Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. This cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians more than 600 years ago. More...

Pinos Altos Saloon

Expect the Unexpected

On May 18, 1860, three prospectors, frustrated by previous failures in the region, paused for a drink of water at Bear Creek, near today's Pinos Altos. To their surprise, they found themselves staring at gold in the bottom of the cold clear stream. More...

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