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Moab, Utah

Moab, the only town in Utah located on the Colorado River, is the county seat of Grand County in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. The area is a geological wonderland nestled in a valley with red rock cliffs on both sides and surrounded by rugged and beautiful desert terrain. Over 90 percent of Grand County is "public land". More...

Map of the Anza Trail

The Anza Trail

During the summer of 1775, Anza recruited pioneering families from desperately impoverished mixed-race settlements, mining camps, haciendas and presidios in Spanish northwestern Mexico. As authorized by the Spanish Crown, Anza promised the colonists two years salary, five years rations, camp gear, clothing, livestock and weapons. More...

The Blackbird Spy Plane

Unauthorized Entry
Will Be Met With Lethal Force

Clearly marked but not actually fenced, the entire boundary of the installation is patrolled by an anonymous security force equipped with high-tech surveillance gear. Surrounding the secret facility are signs, declaring that you are "Entering A Restricted Area." More...

Capitol Reef State Park

Capitol Reef National Park

About 75 miles of the long up-thrust called the "Waterpocket Fold", extends like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Plateau southward to Lake Powell. "Capitol Reef" is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. 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...

Potato Patch Geode

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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Houses in Bodie, CA

Bodie State Historic Park, CA

More than 200,000 people a year visit this genuine California gold mining ghost town, where more than 170 buildings are protected in a state of "arrested decay" on more than 1,000 remote acres, administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. More...

Jornada del Muerto

Jornada del Muerto Trail

Headed southward toward Mexico in the summer of 1670, over a trail through a foreboding desert landscape bounded by dark and sullen mountains to the east and west, a party of five traders made a grim discovery. More...

Nellie Cashman

Nellie Cashman,
The Angel of Tombstone

Described by her biographer as "Pretty as a Victorian cameo and, when necessary, tougher than two-penny nails," this extraordinary woman wandered frontier mining camps of the 1800s seeking gold, silver and a way to help others. More...

Woman with Crystals

Montezuma's Castle

Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. This cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians more than 600 years ago. More...

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