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The Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon

Colorado River Basin -
Lifeline of the Southwest

The Colorado River and its tributaries flow through the Great Basin, the Sonoran and the Mojave deserts, providing a vital lifeline to the arid American Southwest. These rivers are also responsible for carving some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet! More...

Arches NP

Land of Canyons

Utah's canyons, in the northwestern part of the Great Circle, on the Colorado Plateau, give eloquent testimony to their geologic history. Venturing into the land of the canyons, you will discover sinuous and labyrinthine gorges, eerie slot canyons, monumental sandstone arches and natural bridges. More...

Barbour County Courthouse

Downtown Rockhound

Start your downtown rockhound expedition by looking at almost any big building. Many are constructed of a building stone that looks like an extremely complicated jigsaw puzzle composed of a hodge podge of multi-colored pieces. Typical colors include pink, white, clear, brown, green or black. More...

Misty Red Rocks in Sedona

Red Rocks - Rugs - Riches

Sedona contains an assortment of artists, crafts people, musicians, writers, hermits, bed and breakfasts, world-class resorts, mansions, museums and a myriad of art galleries and gift shops. Travelers from all over the world with cameras around their necks file up and down the streets. 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...

Elephant Tree

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...

Afton 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...

Colorado River Sunset

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

Desert Caves and Caving

Underground caves and caverns represent some of the most unique, fascinating (and cool) features of the North American deserts. Many varieties of caves occur in all of the deserts of the Southwest, but are most common in limestone mountains where conifers abound. More...

Black Widow

Black Widow Spider Bites

The female black widow spider, though it is the most venomous spider in North America, seldom causes death as it injects a very small amount of poison when it bites. Reports indicate human mortality at well less than 1% from black widow spider bites. More...

Aerial View of Amboy Crater

6,000-Year-Old Volcano on Old Route 66

It's easy to bypass Amboy on your way to Laughlin or Las Vegas. Amboy deserves a closer look though - for its history when Route 66 was king, and also for a unique desert experience -- a hike into a 6,000-year-old volcano. More...


Where Can You Find Geodes?

A geode is a round rock which contains a hollow cavity lined with crystals. Rocks which are completely filled with small compact crystal formations such as agate, jasper or chalcedony are called nodules. More...

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