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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...

Colorado River

Fun on the Colorado River

Laughlin is a small resort town on the banks of the Colorado River, located at the southern tip of Nevada, 90 miles south of Las Vegas. It is the geographic meeting point of California, Arizona, and Nevada, where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado River. More...

Digging a Solar Still

Collect Water in a Solar Still

As a transplant from the Midwest to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, I grew up with Hollywood's distorted images of the desert Southwest. However, the reality of not having water in the true desert can be equally or dangerously more life-threatening. More...

Drill in Last Chance Canyon

Last Chance Canyon - Mojave Desert

The canyon is a rough sandy area bounded by walls composed of both sedimentary and volcanic rock. Summertime temperatures can top 100 degrees. Winters can fall to freezing. But one man made it his home. More...

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Squirrel

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...

Chain Fruit Cholla

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...

Bighorn Sheep on Rocks

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...

Dead Horse 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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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...

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...

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