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Gem and Mineral Show in Quartzsite

A Rockhound's Paradise

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. It's been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. These days, it's also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year in January and February. More...

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...

Ballarat

Ghost Town Near Death Valley

Ballarat, California is slowly melting into the landscape. Poured adobe buildings and a few weathered wooden structures are all that remain at the base of the colorful Panamint Mountains. Abandoned trailers and trucks dot the landscape. More...

The road to Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon, Death Valley

As the road reaches the foothills, it starts to climb and meander among the sagebrush and red rock outcroppings. The road becomes steeper and narrower as it approaches Red Pass, aptly named for its red rocks and dirt. More...

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Bighorn Sheep

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...

Joshua Tree in the Snow

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...

Betatkin

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...

Black Eagle Mine Road

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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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...

One of Breceda's Sculptures

The Sky Art Sculptures

Something more than desert wildflowers is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California. People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures placed here. More...

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