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Map of Gold Road to La Paz

The Gold Road to La Paz

The Bradshaw Trail, also known as the Gold Road to La Paz, is located in California's southeastern Riverside County. The trail was created in 1862 by William Bradshaw, and was the first trail that crossed the Riverside County desert all the way to the Colorado River. More...

Walking Sticks Mating

Five Exotic Creepy Crawlers

With often bizarre shapes, remarkable defenses, strange appetites, and unique reproductive strategies, they speak to the limitless evolutionary resourcefulness of our natural world. Insects can alter the course of human history. More...

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Mojave Trails National Monument

This vast area links Joshua Tree National Park with the Mojave National Preserve, creating a land bridge of safety for migrating wildlife such as the desert bighorn sheep. Wilderness areas abut much of the new monument, increasing its value as a wildlife corridor. More...

Canyon Lake on the Apache Trail

The Apache Trail

The Apache Trail in Arizona is an established historic route. Its 47-mile length begins at Apache Junction and winds past the Superstition Mountains, through Tonto National Forest, with views of lakes and cliff-dwellings. 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...

Milkweed

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...

Bristol Dry Lake

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...

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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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Mud on the Move

Menacing Mud on the Move - Again

Dubbed the "Slow One", a mud pot five miles northwest of Niland, California is making history. The Niland Geyser, an odiferous, bubbly mud pool, first appeared in 1953 and was a typical, stationary mudpot until some time around 2007 when it began to move westward. More...

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Burning Man 2019

Far out in the Nevada desert, Black Rock City 2019 has taken shape. Tens of thousands of people are assembling there for the annual Burning Man experience, braving heat, alkaline dust storms, and generally miserable conditions. More...

Shaman

The Lives of the Desert Shamans

Tribes roaming the deserts of the far West heeded their shamans; their old magic could conjure rains, bring luck to a hunt, doctor illnesses. They were honored and respected – all but a secretive few. More...

Valley of the Gods UT

Valley of the Gods, Utah

Tighten your grip on the steering wheel and turn onto the drop, while everyone else gasps at once. They will be gasping not at the steep drop down to ford the creek, but from the towering Seven Sailors Butte filling the earth to the sky. More...

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