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Pinacate Beetles - Stinkbugs

Pinacate comes from the Aztec pinacatl, for "black beetle." Stinkbug refers to the malodorous secretion emitted from the insect's rear end. Clown beetle alludes to the habit of these beetles to do a "headstand" when threatened. More...

Rocks on Table

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. Yet, the area's ruggedness is matched by its beauty. More...

Statue of Jesus in Desert Christ Park

Desert Christ Park - A Museum of Sculptures

Antoine Martin, born in 1887, created the statue of Christ and it was dedicated in the park in 1951. Initially Martin had wanted it sited to look over the Grand Canyon. When that was not to be, he found land in Yucca Valley. More...

Aerial View of Imperial Sand Dunes

Imperial Sand Dunes

While summer temperatures often rise above 110°F and annual rainfall averages less than two inches, the mild climate between October and May attracts tens of thousands of off highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to the area. More...

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Monarch Butterfly

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...

Whitethorn Acacia

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...

Palm Canyon

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...

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Desert Activities -
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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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Johnny Lang's Grave in Joshua Tree

The Lost Horse Gold Mine

Gone were his burros. He had eaten those one by one. The seventy-five-year-old prospector slung his gear over his shoulder, and tacked a note, dated January 25th, to the ramshackle desert hut that served as his home: "Gone for grub. Be back soon." More...


The Tick

A tick will sneak up on you or your dog, take up residence on your body, administer a painless bite into the skin and engorge itself with blood. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens. Do you know what to do and how to protect yourself? More...

Mining Pit with Water

California Gold Mines & Historical Towns

Driving Interstate 8 east of El Centro, California, you can see off to the left a small group of mountains that appear dark brown. These mountains are known as the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. The mines in the Cargo Muchachos have been called the most hazardous in the Southwest. More...


Spring Rattles In

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. More...

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