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Fort Piute

Fort Piute - On The Mojave Road

Whether establishing a "presence", in order to protect travelers from hostile Indians, or using its thousands of square miles for the training of its personnel, the U.S. military has been connected with the California desert for nearly two centuries. More...

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain, In California

It rises up from the desert, a beacon, signaling travelers to draw closer. This beacon is called Salvation Mountain. What makes Salvation Mountain special is that it is a man made mountain of adobe clay, hay bales and support beams. More...

McCain Valley

McCain Valley, CA

Located 70 miles east of San Diego, the McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area encompasses 38,692 acres of the In-Ko-Pah Mountains. This area is strewn with large granite rock formations which tower above the chaparral-covered landscape. More...

Inscription Canyon

Inscription Canyon, High Desert, CA

Stand in the quiet of Inscription Canyon and let your imagination take wing. Close your eyes and you can almost see the Indians who used to inhabit the area, waiting for visions fueled by fasting and sacred drugs - their prayers wafting skyward on smoke from their fires. More...

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Gopher Snake

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...

Virginia City

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...

Wildflower Bloom

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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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...

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...

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