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The Roadrunner

The legendary roadrunner bird is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes and its preference for scooting across the American deserts, as popularized in Warner Bros. cartoons. More...

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

The Lure of the Dripping Springs

Standing before the granite surface that conducts Dripping Springs' stream of moisture into a small pond, you wonder about the source of the water. Issuing from what appears to be a solid mass of stone above, it seems almost magical. More...

Great Horned Owl

Delicate Arch Hike

One hundred yards to go along the Delicate Arch Trail - I leaned into the rock wall behind me to take in the scenery and to photograph the breathtaking view. It was overcast and a brilliant slice of rainbow peeked through the gray clouds. More...

Lee's Ferry

Crossing the Colorado River - Lee's Ferry

Until the Navajo and Glen Canyon Bridges were built in the 20th century, Lee's Ferry benefited from a circumstance of geology. It was the only place to cross the Colorado River for 260 miles. 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...

Death Valley Scotty and the Johnsons

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...

Hackberry, AZ

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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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Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Back in the mid-1940s self proclaimed "old time medicine man," Curtis Howe Springer established this area of the Mojave as the Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort and Health Spa. The American Medical Association subsequently dubbed Springer "the King of Quacks." More...

Mono Lake, CA

Daggett Area Prospector

Have you ever come across the remains of what was once an isolated desert home or mine site? And then wonder who lived there and what they did so many years ago... I can put a name and a face upon one such location. More...

Rescue in the Desert

26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert

For the unwary, unsuspecting or uninformed visitor, the desert can be an unforgiving place. A small blunder can turn an afternoon drive off road or an overnight camping trip into an emergency. People sometimes die in the desert. More...

Desert Road

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...

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