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Hikers at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch - The Final Frontier for Risk Takers

"Do not get yourself in a mess. You are in the middle of nowhere. If you find yourself in need of urgent medical attention, you will probably die. Don't break your leg, your arm. Don't twist an ankle. We won't be able to help." More...

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge
State Park

Cathedral Gorge is a high desert park in eastern Nevada comprising 1,608 acres of spectacular geological formations -- spires and pillars carved by centuries of water running over clay in a Pliocene-era lakebed. More...

Beatty, Nevada

Beatty, Nevada

The historical community of Beatty was found in 1900 as the railroad service center for the Bullfrog Mining District. It was once served by 3 railroads that ran through to the booming metropolis of nearby Rhyolite, then a town of 10,000. Today, Rhyolite is a ghost town. More...

McCain Valley

McCain Valley

Located 70 miles east of San Diego, the McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area encompasses 38,692 acres of the In-Ko-Pah Mountains, one of Southern California's coastal mountain ranges. This upland area is strewn with large granite rock formations. 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...

Amboy Crater

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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Rainbow Basin

Rainbow Basin

Northwest of Barstow, California, lies one of the most beautiful and mysterious locations in the Mojave Desert: Rainbow Basin. It's a mishmash of shapes, colors and fantastic formations, a place where water and wind have worked magic. More...

Welcome to Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach, CA - Rediscovered

Bombay Beach has been reinvented as a destination for desert art. It's not alone in that distinction - south of the city lie the towns of Niland and Slab City, other areas that have attracted artists and led to creations like East Jesus and Salvation Mountain. More...

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly protects and preserves the numerous archeological resources on the canyon rims, walls and bottomlands. Thanks to an arid climate and the shelter of numerous caves and overhangs, an unusual variety of delicate artifacts and organic remains has been preserved. More...

Garth's Boulder Garden

Garth's Boulder Garden

Many people plant cactus and add rocks - the more rocks, the better the rock garden. It's one thing to move rocks to your garden though; it's another to move your garden to the rocks. In Yucca, California, that's what one man did. More...

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