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Chloride, AZ, Living Ghost Town

Chloride was founded in 1862 with the discovery of silver ore. During its heyday, there were more than 75 mines in operation, and the population reached 2,000 in 1920. Today, there are still a few mines in operation, but Chloride looks elsewhere for prosperity. More...


Windmills and Dinosaurs

On the road to Palm Springs, California, a few distinct landmarks often raise a few questions and turn a few heads. Passing through nearby San Gorgonio Pass on Interstate 10, you'll see two interesting sights: wind turbines and dinosaurs. More...

Salvation Mountain

The Man Who Built Salvation Mountain

This mountain has earned the recognition of The Discovery Channel, Ripley's Believe It or Not and National Geographic. It is not an ordinary mountain and the man who built it was not an ordinary man. More...

Mitchell Caverns

Mitchell Caverns - Mojave Desert

Mitchell Caverns consists of three basic caves that he called "El Pakiva," or the Devil's House; "Tecopa, " named for one of the last chiefs of the Shoshone Indians; and the deep and vertical "Winding Stair Cave," a dangerous cavern that is off-limits to the general public. 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...


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...

Milky Way in Borrego Springs

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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. More...

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Exploring Dead Horse Point

We explored Arches and the town of Moab in about two days, but with another day left, I insisted upon visiting the next closest state park – Dead Horse Point. The curiosity sparked by the name alone convinced Pa Fred to take us there at the crack of dawn on our last day. More...

Mogollon Ghost Town


Mogollon, a southwestern New Mexico ghost town, stood as a microcosm of western Americana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eerily secluded in the narrow Silver Creek Canyon, the isolated community found ways to answer the economic, material, educational, spiritual, entertainment and carnal needs of its citizens. More...

Marshal South

Finding the Real Marshal South

For 17 years, from 1930 to 1947, poet, artist, and author Marshal South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain – a remote, waterless mountaintop that is today within California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. More...

Giant Rock

Integratron, the Giant Rock and UFOs

When Van Tassel was working on the Giant Rock airport, he met some aliens  from Venus who had landed their space ship nearby. The Venusian aliens taught him the principles of rejuvenation of human cells and gave him plans for the creation of the Integratron. More...

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