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Monsters at Borrego Springs

I'm at one of the darkest places on earth according to my map. It's a little scary, especially while visions of coyotes, scorpions, and roving gangs of desert hares dance in my head. I'm here to photograph monsters. More...

Imperial Sand Dunes

Imperial Sand Dunes

The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in California. This dune system extends for more than 40 miles along the eastern edge of the Imperial Valley agricultural region in a band averaging five miles in width. More...

Afton Canyon Preserve

Afton Canyon Preserve

Here sheer walls in every imaginable shade of pink tower 300 feet above the Mojave River. Four major trails of varying lengths take you past these varicolored cliffs and through nooks and crannies visited long ago by Native American people. More...

Car in Dunes

How to Turn a Smartphone into a Survival Tool

Stuck in the desert or backcountry? The actions you take in the next hour may make the difference between getting home alive and not getting home at all. How you got into this situation is not that important, but how you get out is. 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...


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...

Native American Intaglio

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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. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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Indian Mesa Ruins

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...

Tank at the Patton Museum

Patton Memorial Museum

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum was established to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center (DTC) and overseas. More...

Superstitions Mountains

Lost Dutchman Mine

For more than 120 years, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine has haunted the minds and souls of treasure seekers throughout the world. Said to be the most famous lost mine of all time, it's located in the Superstition Mountains, long associated with the tale of an ancient Apache curse. More...

Anza angel

The Anza Trail

Anza felt compelled to call a halt to the march. A woman named Maria Gertrudis Rivas "was taken with childbirth pains." She could go no farther. At half past eleven at night she very happily and quickly gave birth to a boy. He would become known as "The Christmas Babe. More...

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