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The Great Puebloan Abandonments

To the north and east of Paquime, the Mogollon Puebloan people walked away from ancestral homelands, gave up old traditions, moved to new locations, reverted to the old hunting and gathering lifestyles, or simply disappeared from the archaeological record. More...

Coyote Canyon

Journey through Coyote Canyon

From top to bottom, Coyote Canyon contains a diversity of life forms unequaled anywhere else in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Eighteen miles long, the canyon stretches between Riverside and San Diego counties. The canyon reaches elevations of 3,900 feet. More...


Smudging - A Short History

The practice of smudging, and its accompanying sage bundles, abalone shells, and hawk feathers, is familiar to most who have dabbled in the new age, alternative health world that is ever present in today's mash up of spirituality circulating online. But where did it originate? More...

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Southwestern Food Traditions

Throughout America, local eateries and populations revive and redesign classic dishes. In the Southwest, these range from distinctive meals served in Texas to dishes served in Nevada or Baja California. A burger served at McFriendly's in Houston in no way resembles a rattlesnake burger served in a café in Arizona. 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...

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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...

Art in Anza Borrego

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...

Julian, CA

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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The Bobcat

The bobcat is a predator that depends on surprise to ambush and kill its prey. They are strict carnivores and prey upon a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, and birds. Like all cats, a bobcat, using its whiskers like fingertips, can "feel" prey in complete darkness. More...


Rattlesnake Bite Prevention

Many people spend a lifetime hunting, fishing or just enjoying the outdoors and never see a rattlesnake. Very few people are actually bitten by rattlesnakes, yet because the bite is extremely painful and can be fatal, you should always keep alert and watch where you step and where you put your hands. More...

The Blackbird Spy Plane

Unauthorized Entry
Will Be Met With Lethal Force

Clearly marked but not actually fenced, the entire boundary of the installation is patrolled by an anonymous security force equipped with high-tech surveillance gear. Surrounding the secret facility are signs, declaring that you are "Entering A Restricted Area." 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...

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