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Alabama Hills

Classic films like How the West Was Won and Humphrey Bogart's Treasure of the Sierra Madre were filmed here. It's still a choice location for movies, TV shows, and commercials today. More recent films shot on location here include Iron Man and a couple of Star Trek movies. More...



Many people spend a lifetime hunting, fishing or otherwise enjoying the outdoors and never see a rattlesnake. Very few people are actually bitten by rattlesnakes, yet because the bite is extremely painful and can be fatal, you should always be alert. More...

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Searching for El Dorado

Even Poe's shade might be taken aback when confronted with the fabulous scenic wealth of the Río Grande's great bend region, an area the size of New England. Stand on the edge of the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains, in the heart of Texas' Big Bend National Park. More...

photo by Lara Hartley

Road Adventure on Route 66

I made the trip not just for the scenery. I wanted to see for myself just how the old, signature mom-and-pop "tourist courts" are doing along Route 66, that historic highway that author John Steinbeck called the "Mother Road." 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...


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...


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...

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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. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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Bristol Dry Lake After Rain

Bristol Dry Lake - Off Rt 66

Ever wonder where that salt at your table comes from? Well, Bristol Dry Lake is one of the sources. With 60 million tons in reserve, you will be able to salt your food for some time to come. More...

Acoma Pueblo

The Sky City - Acoma Pueblo

The storm struck with cosmic fury. Lightning ripped the sky, the thunder sounding like a duel of cannons. The mesa-top village threatened to collapse, and the caretaker boy descended Ladder Rock through the fury of the storm to summon help. More...

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater
on Route 66

This 250-foot-high crater is approximately 6,000 years old and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. A footpath leads to the top of the cone where you can get a good view of the surrounding area. More...

Could there be a lost ship in the desert?

The Lost Ship in the Desert

Of all the legends about lost and found, and lost again treasures in the Southwest, there is none more mystifying than the enduring tale of a large sailing vessel which lies, full of riches, somewhere in the restless sands of California's Salton Sea basin. More...

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