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Statistics at Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison is a living museum of the Old West. More than 3,000 desperadoes, convicted of crimes ranging from polygamy to murder, were imprisoned in rock and adobe cells here during the prison's 33-year existence between 1876 and 1909. More...

Martinez Mine

Martinez Mine

My grandson, Matthew and I decided to check out some Arizona mining history. We selected the vast mining area northeast of Florence. We had been there before, when visiting the coke ovens. Martinez Mine resides in the remote, steep Martinez Canyon. More...

Airplane Graveyard

Airplane Graveyards

You have heard, of course, about aging elephants that wander off to die in a specific place, a kind of elephant graveyard. It's sort of the same concept in south central Tucson, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, where old airplanes instead of old pachyderms come to rest. More...

Driving to the Cinnamon Geode Beds

Cinnamon Geode Beds

Many of those who have dug for thundereggs at the Colorado Desert's famous Hauser Geode Beds or Potato Patch are also aware of the existence of the nearby Cinnamon Beds. Perhaps someone mentioned the name, or they may have seen it on a map. More...

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Woodhouse's Toad

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...

Velvet Turtleback

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...

Salton Sea

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...

South Park in Yucca Valley

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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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Mitchell Caverns

Mitchell Caverns

Jack Mitchell was the first owner and promoter of Mitchell Caverns. The Caverns were hard to reach and there were little funds available to improve the roads. Jack had to improve the roads and build the rock facilities that are now used by the Park Service. More...

Indian Mesa Ruin

Indian Mesa Ruin

The Indian Mesa ruin, in the Salt River Valley some 40 miles north of downtown Phoenix, is little known and even less visited. It is located within the city limits of Peoria, Arizona, and just outside the city limits of Phoenix. More...

Wild Horses

Wild Horses and Burros

Horses and burros, with common evolutionary origins in North America, submitted to domestication five millennia ago. Across five continents, they became instruments of exploration, conquest and migration. More...

The Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert

The transition from the hot Sonoran Desert to the cooler and higher Great Basin is called the Mojave Desert. This arid region of southeastern California and portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, occupies more than 25,000 square miles. More...

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