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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...

John Slaughter

John Slaughter

John Horton Slaughter: Civil War veteran, Texas Ranger, trail-driver, cattle-king and, finally, sheriff, distinguished Arizona state representative and professional gambler. Slaughter imposed law and order with his six-shooter when he wasn't seated at an all-night poker game. More...

Massacre Peak

Cooke's Canyon -
Journey Of Death

Cooke's Canyon, which slices across southwestern New Mexico's Cooke's Range, was a "journey of death." It ran generally east to west, "six miles or more in length, and with a gloomy gorge of four miles to add to its terrors. More...

Route 66 Motel

Road Adventure on Route 66

I left in the afternoon, taking Interstate 40 to Kingman, Arizona, a relatively short journey across the Mojave Desert from my home in Barstow, California. As I drove into Arizona and the Sonoran Desert, I thought about how different it is from our Mojave. More...

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Mule Deer

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...

Ponderosa Pine

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...

Montgomery City Ghost Town

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...

Fonts Point

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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Mogollon Ghost Town

Mogollon

Mogollon, a southwestern New Mexico ghost town, stood as a microcosm of western Americana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eerily secluded in the narrow Silver Creek Canyon, the isolated community found ways to answer the economic, material, educational, spiritual, entertainment and carnal needs of its citizens. More...

Marshal South

Finding the Real Marshal South

For 17 years, from 1930 to 1947, poet, artist, and author Marshal South and his family lived on Ghost Mountain – a remote, waterless mountaintop that is today within California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. More...

Giant Rock

Integratron, the Giant Rock and UFOs

When Van Tassel was working on the Giant Rock airport, he met some aliens  from Venus who had landed their space ship nearby. The Venusian aliens taught him the principles of rejuvenation of human cells and gave him plans for the creation of the Integratron. More...

Garth's Boulder Garden

Garth's Boulder Garden

Six hundred and forty acres of desert land became Garth's Boulder Garden in 1981. Using permaculture he reformatted his land into an agricultural ecosystem intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. More...

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