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26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert

The desert is a strange, yet beautiful place to explore. Yet, for the unwary, unsuspecting or uninformed visitor, it can be an unforgiving place. A small blunder can turn an afternoon drive off road or an overnight camping trip into an emergency. More...

Mojave Foo Dog

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, just east of Amboy, California. More...

Garden Spider

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

The Argiope aurantia is an orb web spider. Orb web spiders spin their webs in a circular pattern. The common names used for the Argiope aurantia are black and yellow garden spider, writing spider, banana spider and corn spider. Webs may span up to two feet in diameter. More...

Dead Porcupine in Canyon X

Hiking Canyon X

As my friends and I follow our strange guide down into a 150-foot fissure on the Navajo Reservation, questions swarm my mind: "Is there a flash flood in the forecast?" "How can we trust our lives to a tattooed hippie with a German accent?" And, "What killed that porcupine?" 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...

Whitethorn Acacia

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...

Death Valley - West Side

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...

Houseboat on Lake

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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Shipwreck on Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach CA Rediscovered

Bombay Beach today is a curious assemblage of the leftover detritus of a human habitation long gone, a retreating beach, and a sense of profound isolation. While it seemed for a long time there was no hope for the city, it has slowly been rediscovered as an interesting destination for artists of all kinds. More...

Mojave Road Schoolbus

Mojave Road School Bus

This bullet-riddled heap of rusted metal was abandoned some time around 1984 along the old Mojave Road. The old school bus became a quirky roadside attraction, developing its own cult-like following of countless travelers. More...



Few desert animals are as perplexing or alien-looking as the solifuge. Just like the terrifying human outlaws of the Old West, the arachnids of the order Solifugae go by many an alias: "camel spider," "sun spider," "wind scorpion," and "solpugid" among them. More...

Intersection Rock

Rock Formations of Joshua Tree NP

The geologic landscape of Joshua Tree has long fascinated visitors to the Mojave Deserts. Geologists believe the face of this modern landscape was born more than 100 million years ago. More...

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