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Petroglyphs in Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon Hiking

The hot sand radiated heat as we dropped down to the sandy wash. Our destination was Grapevine Canyon near Spirit Mountain. I wondered what it must've been like some 1500 years ago when the Indians were the sole inhabitants of the area. More...

Colorado River

Chloride, Arizona - A 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...

Black Agate

Black Agate Thunderegg Mine

My first experience with the Black Agate Thunderegg Mine occurred in the mid-1980s, when doing some research on the Bradshaw Trail, an old gold rush route leading from the inhabited coastal and inland parts of California, across the Colorado Desert, to La Paz, Arizona. More...

View of West Side of Death Valley

The West Side of Death Valley

The road from Keeler to Death Valley is a scenic wonder. A series of small mountain ranges, with their corresponding valleys, stand like a row of frozen ocean swells stretching to the horizon. We started toward the massive basin. 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...

Elephant 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...

Wagon Boss

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...

Salvation Mountain

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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One of Breceda's Sculptures

The Sky Art Sculptures

Something more than desert wildflowers is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California. People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures placed here. More...

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, CA

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...

B29

Desert B-29 "Doc" Restoration & Update

In 1987, an army of volunteers led by Tony Mazzolini and backed by the United States Aviation Museum mobilized their forces for a incredible mission -- recovering a World War II B-29 Superfortress Bomber and restoring it to flying condition. More...

Salton Sea Test Base

Salton Sea Test Base

Over the years I'd heard tales of an old abandoned Naval Station on the western shores of the Salton Sea. Atomic bomb practice runs, movie sets, seaplanes and Navy seals were all said to have been part of its curious history. More...

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