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Star Wars craft in the desert

Star Wars Film Site

A long, long time ago, in a desert not that far away.... I sat in the driver's seat of my Jeep with my son Jim and Dave Adams, headed into the Sonoran desert in southeastern California. More...


Opal Hill Mine

Tucked deep into the Mule Mountains not far from Palo Verde is the Opal Hill Mine. Opal Hill is well known for its beautiful and rare fire agate, opal eggs and quartz crystals. More...

Jenkins parked here in 1937

Jenkins' Lost Lode

Read the true story of the gold-studded quartz found by William "Bill" Jenkins while on a family picnic in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona in 1937. The chunk of quartz was half the size of a man’s head, with visible gold all through it... More...


The Stagecoach in the 1860s

"The fatigue of uninterrupted traveling by day and night in a crowded coach, and in the most uncomfortable positions, was beginning to tell seriously upon all the passengers, and was producing in me a condition bordering on insanity..." 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...

Mangas Coloradas

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...

Cadillac Ranch

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

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Foo Dog in the Mojave

The Guardian Lions on Route 66

Part lion and part dog, legendary foo dogs have a reputation for protecting the land and the people where they reside. Two enormous white marble specimens, weighing thousands of pounds, can be found positioned along Route 66. More...

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Fossil Hunting in the Yuha Basin

The Yuha Basin was once covered with lush vegetation, vast lakes and numerous Indian encampments. The fossils, geoglyphs, and other evidence left behind are the only clues we have to tell a story that spans millions of years. More...

Rock PIles in the Mojave

Rock Piles

Some folks say the Mojave Desert is just a bunch of rocks -- a "gravel pit." While other deserts around the world seem to be made of pure sand, those in the American Southwest are a bit rockier. More...

Car stuck in the sand

Off-Roading: Adventure vs Disaster

Taking a sport utility vehicle off-highway can be a tremendous adventure -- but it can also be a complete disaster, unless you first take the time to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the trail. More...

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