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Bodie's Windows

Bodie's Windows to the Past

Bodie, California - Only five percent of the buildings that were present at the town's height in the 1880s are left. Fires and the passage of time destroyed the rest before its 1962 designation as a state historic park began its preservation. More...



Few desert animals are as perplexing or alien-looking as the solifuge. Just like the terrifying human outlaws of the Old West, the arachnids of the order Solifugae go by many an alias: "camel spider," "sun spider," "wind scorpion," and "solpugid" among them. More...

Lehman Caves

Lehman Caves - NV

Lehman Caves extends a quarter-mile into the limestone and marble that flanks the base of the Snake Range. Discovered about 1885 by Absalom Lehman, a rancher and miner, this cavern is one of the most profusely decorated caves in the region. More...

Carrizo Gorge Railway

Carrizo Gorge Railway

At the very turn of the 21st century, a group of people hiked into the deepest part of San Diego's back country along the old railroad tracks. Weeds and shrubs had grown tall between the rail ties. Rockslides buried the rails in mountain passes. 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...

The Old Plank Road

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...

Driving to the Cinnamon Geode Beds

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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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Intersection Rock

Rock Formations of Joshua Tree NP

The geologic landscape of Joshua Tree has long fascinated visitors to the Mojave Deserts. Geologists believe the face of this modern landscape was born more than 100 million years ago. More...

Rancho Mirage Observatory

The Rancho Mirage Observatory

Sky watching visitors approach in the evening along a curved, red-lit arc that leads to the observatory's specially built viewing deck, its high walls formed to block out nearby highway and city lights. More...

Petroglyps Cosos

Petroglyphs of the Cosos

The Cosos lie within the confines of China Lake Naval Weapons Center (NWC), the U.S. Navy's largest research and development facility. It encompasses about 1,200 square miles of dry lake beds, desert mountains and volcanic lava flows in southeastern California. More...

Fish Creek Wash

Exploring Fish Creek Wash - CA

Fish Creek, on the eastern edge of the Anza-Borrego DSP, is an area of sparse vegetation and abundant wildlife. Formations here show transformations from desert to marine estuary, to savannah to delta, and back to desert over 20 million years. More...

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