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Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater

This 250-foot-high crater is approximately 6,000 years old and one of the best examples in the Mojave Desert of a volcanic cinder cone. A footpath leads to the top of the cone where you can get a good view of the surrounding area. More...

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbits

Jack rabbits are true hares because, unlike the cottontailed rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their eyes wide open. More...

Carrizo Gorge Railway

Carrizo Gorge Railway

At the very turn of the 21st century, a group of people hiked into the deepest part of San Diego's back country along the old railroad tracks. Weeds and shrubs had grown tall between the rail ties. Rockslides buried the rails in mountain passes. More...

Chinese graves at Concordia

Concordia - A Desert Graveyard

"Backdropped by the Franklin Mountains of Texas, El Paso's Concordia continues to be the best cemetery in the West," said True West, a national publication dedicated to preserving our Western heritage. "The most famous eternal resident is gunfighter John Wesley Hardin." More...

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Fire Ant

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...

Petrified Wood

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...

Grand Canyon

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...

Burro Wash

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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Dry Desert

Water, Water... Nowhere

Warning! In this story, you will find nothing about the magnificence of our Southwestern desert sunsets. Nothing about the splendor of our mountain ranges. Rather, you will find some grim details about the risks you can run if you take leave of cities and pavement and venture into the desert wilderness without full preparation for contingencies. More...

Wildflowers in the Desert

Social Distancing... and Wildflowers?

Here's something you can do to lift your spirits, while still maintaining social distancing as recommended by authorities. Since it's been raining, the wildflowers and cactuses in the desert are blooming! We're getting lots of wildflower photos from people. Enjoy. More...


Debunking Myths

Tact and silence are not always among my virtues. Rarely was this better displayed than at the first training session I attended as a new naturalist. The speaker, a well-seasoned and well-intentioned ranger, was describing black widows and the female's legendary proclivity for a post-mating snack. Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, "You're wrong!" More...

Overlooking the Colorado River

Hiking California to Oregon -
A 1000 Mile Trip

Be it fate or happenstance, I came across a 99ยข copy of an old book, The Thousand-Mile Summer, written by backpacking icon, Colin Fletcher. I was so inspired reading about his contemplative hike through the deserts and the Sierra that I decided to retrace his footsteps. More...

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