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Garth's Boulder Garden

Garth's Boulder Garden

Six hundred and forty acres of desert land became Garth's Boulder Garden in 1981. Using permaculture he reformatted his land into an agricultural ecosystem intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. More...

Kilburne Hole

Volcanoes in the Desert

Several hundred thousand years ago, in the area that would become known as the Potrillo Volcanic Field, white-hot molten rock, extruded by the internal pressures of our planet, rose from depths as deep as 50 miles up through structural fractures toward the surface. More...

GPS Leading You Over a Cliff

GPS in the Desert May Get You Killed

In this information age, many of us rely on GPS navigation systems in our cars. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) such as Tom Toms, Garmans, and smartphones can help us with "turn by turn" directions to our destinations. More...

Digging for Gold

Tumco - Hedges - Ogilby

The mines in the Cargo Muchachos have been called the most hazardous in the Southwest. Cave-ins and fires were common. The miners, especially in the summer, found living conditions deplorable. 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...

Navajo National Monument

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...

Riding in the Desert

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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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Gold on Quartzite

Gold in the Desert

When John Marshall discovered gold at John Sutter's sawmill in 1848, he triggered the California Gold Rush. In the following years, prospectors invaded the mountain ranges that crossed the Chihuahuan, Sonoran and Mojave deserts. More...

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbits

Jack rabbits are true hares because, unlike the cottontailed rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their eyes wide open. More...

Elmer and His Bottletrees

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch on Rt 66

It started simply enough. Elmer Long and his dad, also an Elmer, had collected thousands of bottles and other artifacts on their frequent camping trips to the desert. Elmer decided to save the collection and he built his initial tree in about 2000. More...

Dripping Springs

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...

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