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Mojave Road Marker

The Mojave Road,
An Adventure Through Time

There are few signs, and none on the trail itself. The Friends of the Mojave Road have erected rock cairns at most intersections to show the way. Casebier's book provides a mile-by-mile tour of the road, starting at the Colorado River and traveling 138 miles westward. More...

Dry Desert

Water, Water... Nowhere

Warning! In this story, you will find nothing about the magnificence of our Southwestern desert sunsets. Nothing about the splendor of our mountain ranges. Rather, you will find some grim details about the risks you can run if you take leave of cities and pavement and venture into the desert wilderness without full preparation for contingencies. More...

Man Walking in the Sahara

Camping in the Sahara Desert

The Sahara is a huge expanse, almost a continent's worth of desert. It is over 3,500,000 square miles, and has existed for about 3 million years. Though its most famous features are the ergs, or sand dune seas, most of it is really hamada, or rocky plateau. More...

Bee on Cactus Flower

How the Desert Food Chain Works

A Food Chain, or Food Web, is how biologists describe the series of living organisms that energy passes through as it powers the lives of plants and animals. A food chain always begins with plants, called producers. It always ends with animals, called consumers. 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...

The Slot

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...

Dragon in Anza Borrego

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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Wildflowers in the Desert

Social Distancing... and Wildflowers?

Here's something you can do to lift your spirits, while still maintaining social distancing as recommended by authorities. Since it's been raining, the wildflowers and cactuses in the desert are blooming! We're getting lots of wildflower photos from people. Enjoy. More...


Debunking Myths

Tact and silence are not always among my virtues. Rarely was this better displayed than at the first training session I attended as a new naturalist. The speaker, a well-seasoned and well-intentioned ranger, was describing black widows and the female's legendary proclivity for a post-mating snack. Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, "You're wrong!" More...

Overlooking the Colorado River

Hiking California to Oregon -
A 1000 Mile Trip

Be it fate or happenstance, I came across a 99ยข copy of an old book, The Thousand-Mile Summer, written by backpacking icon, Colin Fletcher. I was so inspired reading about his contemplative hike through the deserts and the Sierra that I decided to retrace his footsteps. More...


Hunting for Meteorites

How many times have you wished that you could find a way to make a little money from your 4-wheeling weekend, dirt bike, metal detector, or just walkin' across one of California's desolate dry lakes? Well, if you're observant, persistent and a little bit lucky... More...

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