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The Old Plank Road

Old Plank Road - CA

Picture yourself back in 1918 trying to cross the burning desert of Imperial County. You reach the treacherous Imperial Sand Dunes and face the challenge of a seamless ocean of sand. With relief and anxiety you begin to ascend the first dune on the Plank Road. More...

Fossil Canyon

Fossil Canyon and Painted Gorge

Painted Gorge, located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, near Ocotillo, CA, consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Heat and movement over time have created fantastic shapes and colors. More...

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, CA
Art Sculptures and Desert Wildflowers

Cattlemen began homesteading the Borrego Valley, in about 1875. The first successful well was dug in 1926, which quickly led to irrigation farming. By then, the town contained a post office, a small general store, and a gas station. More...

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly - AZ

Canyon de Chelly was designated a national monument in 1931 Thanks to an arid climate and the shelter of numerous caves and overhangs, an unusual variety of delicate artifacts and organic remains has been preserved. More...

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Great Horned Owl

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...

Yellow Wildflowers

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...

Grand Canyon

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...

Truck in Ballarat

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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Bradshaw Trail near Wiley's Well

California's Gold Road to La Paz, AZ

Powell Weaver, a well-known scout and trapper, had found gold at a place called La Paz on January 12, 1862. Bradshaw knew that the inevitable stampede of Argonauts would need a new, more direct trail east from the Los Angeles area across the desert to reach Weaver's strike. More...

Junction of Roads to Potato Patch

Potato Patch Thundereggs and Geodes

Hauser's Hole did not become "The Potato Patch" until a number of years after the discovery of the Hauser Beds. At Hauser's Hole all rockhounds had to do was to identify and pick up the geodes; at the Hauser Geode Beds they had to dig into volcanic ash to locate them. More...

The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age

Temperatures dropped to zero in southern Arizona - the northern Sonoran Desert - back in 1913. The thermometer fell into the mid-twenties in the southern tip of California, in the northwestern Sonoran Desert, in 1971 and again in 1990. More...

Martinez Mine

Martinez Mine

My grandson, Matthew and I decided to check out some Arizona mining history. We selected the vast mining area northeast of Florence. We had been there before, when visiting the coke ovens. Martinez Mine resides in the remote, steep Martinez Canyon. More...

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