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Petroglyphs

Ancient Rock Art Is Still a Mystery

You see them everywhere across the Southwest, symbols from an ancient and mysterious race -- spirals, zigzag lines, strange stick figures, a hump-backed flute player. They appear on signs and billboards, fashionable furniture and tee shirts. More...

Angel in a Graveyard

Cemetery Visitors Celebrate Life, Not Death

Are cemeteries haunted by the dead or the living? Call them grave hunters, genealogists or historians, gravers, tombstone tenders, stone strollers or death hags. Just don't call them morbid. Or ghouls. Or heaven forbid, necrophiliacs. More...

California Poppies

10 Favorite Desert Wildflowers

You won't break any wildflower-watching records by finding the following ten desert flowers; most of them are fairly common in the Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran deserts. But if you look for them, you're certain to come across many other kinds of flowers. More...

Roadrunner

Spotting Sonoran Desert Wildlife

One of the hottest and most expansive deserts in North America, the Sonoran Desert covers 120,000 square miles of California, Arizona, and Mexico. This beautiful and varied landscape is brimming with a broad array of wondrous wildlife. More...

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Scorpion

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...

Cocklebur

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...

Bisti Badlands

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...

Old Dale Road

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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Wyatt and his Dog

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp is best known as the fearless frontier lawman of Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, and as principal survivor of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. But the Marshall Earp of legend accounted for only about 5 years of Wyatt's long and eventful life. More...

The Superstitions

The Haunted Desert

Spooky stories, unexplained mysteries and tales of ghosts are part of desert lore. It is no wonder that so many ghosts haunt the lonely trails, mountains, and landmarks of the forbidding desert. The desert can be so unforgiving and, at the same time, unbelievably generous. More...

Chloride

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...

Death Valley Sand

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...

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