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Crystal Healing
What is it? Does it work?

Minerals' and metals' use as adornment, in healing, and in sacred ceremonies dates from the dawn of time. Ancient Sumerians are said to have used crystals in their magical traditions. The Egyptians made amulets from green stones for the hearts of their mummies. More...

Pinos Altos Saloon

Expect the Unexpected

On May 18, 1860, three prospectors, frustrated by previous failures in the region, paused for a drink of water at Bear Creek, near today's Pinos Altos. To their surprise, they found themselves staring at gold in the bottom of the cold clear stream. More...

Car Approaching Washed Out Road

Using GPS in the Desert May Kill You

In this information age, many of us rely on GPS navigation systems in our cars. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and smartphones can help us with "turn by turn" directions to our destinations. These systems are a great help, but they can also get us into situations that get us lost, or even killed. More...

Headline of Old Newspaper on Katherine Mine

Katherine Mine, AZ

Mining activity began in the Katherine-Union Pass area in the mid-1860s with the discovery of gold. The Pyramid and Gold Cycle mines, both in the present-day South Telephone Cove area; and the Homestake Mine, across the river in Nevada were the more primary mines established during this time. 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...

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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...

Badwater at Death Valley

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...


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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Mojave Trail Map

The East Mojave Heritage Trail

Many overlanders have either heard of or explored the historic 140-mile-long Mojave Road located in the East Mojave Desert in California. However, ask those same overlanders if they've heard of the East Mojave Heritage Trail and you'll most likely get a blank stare in response. More...


The Roadrunner

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador's cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the head, repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead. More...

Hiking the White Pocket

Hiking the White Pocket

Getting to White Pocket is an adventure in and of itself. Even the GMC that we were driving had a tough time navigating its way through the myriad of dips, twists, and turns. The trip there was filled with almost as many laughs and sarcasm as it was with bumps. More...

Airplane Graveyards

Airplane Graveyards

You may have heard about aging elephants that wander off to die in a specific communal place, a kind of elephant graveyard. It’s sort of the same concept in south central Tucson, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, where old airplanes instead of old pachyderms come to rest. More...

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