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The Anza Trail

Anza felt compelled to call a halt to the march. A woman named Maria Gertrudis Rivas "was taken with childbirth pains." She could go no farther. At half past eleven at night she very happily and quickly gave birth to a boy. He would become known as "The Christmas Babe. More...

Booths at the Gem Fair in Quartzsite

A Rockhound's Paradise

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, just 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. It's been a rockhound's paradise since the 1960s. These days, it's also a mecca to well over a million visitors each year. More...

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Exploring Death Valley NP

The size of Death Valley National Park (1.5 times larger than the state of Delaware) and the distances between its major features make the use of a motor vehicle essential. Be sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition and that your fuel tank is full. More...

Sacred Wilderness

Journey into a Sacred Wilderness

As I reviewed a map of Arizona, one region swiftly caught my attention. It was a wilderness area, part of which lies within the 2,900,000-acre Tohono O'odham Reservation located outside of Sells, in southern Arizona. 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...

Hedgehog Cactus

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...

Tumco Ruins

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...

Badwater in Death Valley

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. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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Star Wars craft in the desert

Star Wars Film Site

A long, long time ago, in a desert not that far away.... I sat in the driver's seat of my Jeep with my son Jim and Dave Adams, headed into the Sonoran desert in southeastern California. More...

Foo Dog in the Mojave

The Guardian Lions on Route 66

Part lion and part dog, legendary foo dogs have a reputation for protecting the land and the people where they reside. Two enormous white marble specimens, weighing thousands of pounds, can be found positioned along Route 66. More...

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Fossil Hunting in the Yuha Basin

The Yuha Basin was once covered with lush vegetation, vast lakes and numerous Indian encampments. The fossils, geoglyphs, and other evidence left behind are the only clues we have to tell a story that spans millions of years. More...

Rock PIles in the Mojave

Rock Piles

Some folks say the Mojave Desert is just a bunch of rocks -- a "gravel pit." While other deserts around the world seem to be made of pure sand, those in the American Southwest are a bit rockier. More...

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