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Spotting Desert Wildlife

One of the hottest and most expansive deserts in North America, the Sonoran Desert covers 120,000 square miles of California, Arizona, and Mexico. This beautiful and varied landscape is brimming with a broad array of wondrous wildlife. More...

Cactus Flower

A Desert Valentine

I knew it was going to be a great day despite the clouds that loomed dark and ominous. After eyeballing the weather pattern all week and hearing words like, "cloudy," "rain," and "unstable winds," we hadn't been sure if our plan for a desert jaunt was a good idea. More...

Delta Saloon

Faro - Card Game of the Southwest

Faro was the most popular card game in the country. On the frontier, from Deadwood to Tijuana, from Reno to Langtry, from New Orleans to St. Louis and countless places in between, the faro table was a familiar sight to virtually all persons who hung out in saloons. More...

Desert Plants in Landscaping

Desert Plants for Landscaping

Instead of landscaping yards with thirsty species from wetter climates, why not follow nature's lead and bring the desert into the front yard? Deserts boast hundreds of beautiful, long-blooming trees, shrubs and perennial flowers that thrive in extreme conditions. 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...

Saguaro Flowers

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...

Airplane Graveyard

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...

Alabama Hills

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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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The park contains 83 separate caves, including the nation's deepest limestone cave -- 1,597 feet -- and third longest: Carlsbad Cavern, with one of the world's largest underground chambers and countless formations. It is also highly accessible, with a variety of tours offered year-round. More...

Painted Canyon

Ladder Canyon Trail
in the Painted Canyon

The colorful walls of Painted Canyon enhance many of the unique geological formations, which reveal their historic past with exposed rock layers. Scientists have studied Painted Canyon and its surrounding regions to learn about the impact of earthquakes on the earth's crust. More...

Impassable Pass

California and the Old Spanish Trail

It was 1829. This was the year that Santa Fe merchant Armando Armijo led an expedition consisting of 60 men and 100 mules, into Utah, along routes that had been established by other traders. These trails were fraught with danger. More...

Shell Reef

Seashells in the Desert

Imagine that we're hiking in California's blazing desert, 100 miles from the Pacific coastline. Imagine the huge mountains and the winding canyons that would surround us. Cacti dot the sandy landscape. What's the last thing you would expect us to find? Seashells! More...

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