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Niland Geyser Update

The Niland Geyser Update

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 around 2007, when it began to move westward. More...

Painted Gorge

Fossil Canyon and Painted Gorge in CA

Painted Gorge, located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Heat and movement over time have created fantastic shapes and colors. Oranges, reds, purples, and mauves mix with browns and blacks. More...

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument

An eight-mile scenic drive leads from the Visitor Center into the heart of the dunes. Wayside exhibits at pullouts along the drive provide information about the natural history of the park. Numerous parking areas along the drive allow visitors to stop and walk. More...

Mesquite Tree

Mesquite as Food

Mesquite grows well in desert areas from the southwestern United States to the Andean regions of South America. Traditionally, native peoples of the Southwest depended on mesquite. It provided food, fuel, shelter, weapons, medicine, and cosmetics. More...

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African Wild Dogs

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...

Palm Canyon

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...

Beatty, NV

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...


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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Petroglyphs at Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon Hiking

The temperature was pushing 90 degrees as we climbed out of our air-conditioned car. Our destination was about 3/4 of a mile up the wash to a place known as Grapevine Canyon near Spirit Mountain. As we walked up the wash, I wondered what it must've been like some 1500 years ago when the Indians were the sole inhabitants of the area. More...

Flying Saucer Retrieval and Repair

Flying Saucer Retrieval and Repair

I spotted something interesting; it looked like a small flying saucer! I had to stop to look at that. We pulled over and started poking around. A gritty desert character, who called himself Coyote, and his dog Luna ambled up to talk to us. Coyote told us he runs a retrieval service for broken down or lost UFOs. More...

Hikers at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch - The Final Frontier for Risk Takers

"Do not get yourself in a mess. You are in the middle of nowhere. If you find yourself in need of urgent medical attention, you will probably die. Don't break your leg, your arm. Don't twist an ankle. We won't be able to help." More...

Rainbow Basin

Rainbow Basin

Northwest of Barstow, California, lies one of the most beautiful and mysterious locations in the Mojave Desert: Rainbow Basin. It's a mishmash of shapes, colors and fantastic formations, a place where water and wind have worked magic. More...

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