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Mysterious & Mystical Native American Art

Native American icons offer tantalizing clues to their world views, mysticism, cultural interchanges and mythology. The sheer diversity and number of images point to a complex and long-termed evolution of spiritual beliefs and rituals. More...

Wildflowers in Anza Borrego

Four Drives into Desert Wildflower Country

With the increasing temperatures and longer daylight of early spring, perennials and annuals wildflowers burst forth, making a spectacular show. I pack a camera or two, a few well-worn guidebooks and road maps, and head out to scout wildflowers. When I do, I usually follow these four easy itineraries. More...

Sloth, Human and Joshua Trees

The Other Blooms of the Mojave Desert and their Sloth Friends

While the lower desert is beginning to bloom with its flowers rooted in the desert sand, the higher and cooler Mojave Desert is starting to bloom in a most unusual way. The Joshua trees, the sentinels of the Mojave Desert, are just beginning to show their glory. More...

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Randsburg CA - A Visit to the Past

A visit to Randsburg, California is a visit to the past, when the mining camps of the Mojave were boomtowns and gold was being dug out of the hills. The community has survived the many perils the desert mining camps faced, and some of its residents still work the land for its hidden riches. 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...

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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...

Woman Photographing Wildflowers

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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Cave in Hueco Tanks

Konate's Staff and
the Wolf That Saved Him

From the sheltering mouth of their cave, which now seemed more like a tomb than a defensive refuge, some 20 Kiowa raiders watched the fires of the Mexican militia appear one after the other on the darkening rocky desert hillsides of the natural amphitheater. More...

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Prehistoric desert people wandered the upland canyons of the Ajo Range to gather wild foods and to drink from pools of water in the rock known as tinajas. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, descendants of these prehistoric peoples, the Tohono O'odham (formerly called the Papago), occupied this section of the Sonoran Desert. More...

Fort Piute

Fort Piute - On The Mojave Road

Whether establishing a "presence", in order to protect travelers from hostile Indians, or using its thousands of square miles for the training of its personnel, the U.S. military has been connected with the California desert for nearly two centuries. More...

The Old Plank Road

Old Plank Road - CA

Picture yourself back in 1918 trying to cross the burning desert of Imperial County. You reach the treacherous Imperial Sand Dunes and face the challenge of a seamless ocean of sand. With relief and anxiety you begin to ascend the first dune on the Plank Road. More...

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