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Rider and Rudyard at Ghost Mountain

Ghost Mountain - The Experiment in Primitive Living

For 17 years, from 1930 to 1947, poet, artist, and author Marshal South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain – a remote, waterless mountaintop. Over a period of nine of those years, South chronicled his family's controversial primitive lifestyle. More...

Mud on the Move

Menacing Mud on the Move - Again

Dubbed the "Slow One", a mud pot five miles northwest of Niland, California is making history. The Niland Geyser, an odiferous, bubbly mud pool, first appeared in 1953 and was a typical, stationary mudpot until some time around 2007 when it began to move westward. More...

Petroglyphs

Mogollon Magic

Across their range - from southeastern Arizona and northeastern Sonora through southern New Mexico and northern Chihuahua into western Texas - the Mogollon people left us with stunning galleries of mysterious and evocative images painted or chiseled on surfaces of stone. More...

Florence Coke Ovens

Florence Coke Ovens

Florence was no lady. Rather, she was a community in south central Arizona Territory, home to a rough breed of frontiersmen who produced coke - not the beverage or the illicit drug, but a charcoal product - from the mid-nineteenth century. 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...

Joshua Tree

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...

Rainbow Basin

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...

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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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Burning Man 2019

Far out in the Nevada desert, Black Rock City 2019 has taken shape. Tens of thousands of people are assembling there for the annual Burning Man experience, braving heat, alkaline dust storms, and generally miserable conditions. More...

Shaman

The Lives of the Desert Shamans

Tribes roaming the deserts of the far West heeded their shamans; their old magic could conjure rains, bring luck to a hunt, doctor illnesses. They were honored and respected – all but a secretive few. More...

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Valley of the Gods, Utah

Tighten your grip on the steering wheel and turn onto the drop, while everyone else gasps at once. They will be gasping not at the steep drop down to ford the creek, but from the towering Seven Sailors Butte filling the earth to the sky. More...

20 Mule Team in Borax

Borax and the 20-Mule Team

Men in search of quick fortunes began drifting into Death Valley after the Civil War, hoping to find a lucky strike of gold or silver. In 1881, one such prospector, Aaron Winters, was living with his wife, Rosie, at Ash Meadows, a desolate place near the Funeral Mountain. More...

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