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Mitchell Caverns

Mitchell Caverns

Providence Mountain State Recreation Area, the home of Mitchell Caverns, will reopen to the public on November 3, 2017. Mitchell Caverns has been closed since January 2011. The park will be open Friday through Sunday and on holidays. More...

Ladder Canyon Trail

Mecca Hills Wilderness -
Ladder Canyon Trail

Located in the Mecca Hills area, Painted Canyon is a scenic location for a short auto-tour, a hike or a walk. It's also an excellent subject area for photography enthusiasts. More...

Map of Long Walk Trail

Navajos - The Long Walk Trail

To the Dine, their expulsion from Dinetah and the forced march - the "Long Walk" - to Fort Sumner must have seemed like the descent into Dante's Inferno, with the famous words "All hope abandon, ye who enter in!" inscribed above the gate at the entrance. More...

Courthouse of Judge Roy Bean

The Hanging Judge

Of the many colorful characters who have become legends of the Old West, "Hanging Judge Roy Bean," who held court sessions in his saloon along the Rio Grande River in a desolate stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas, remains one of the more fascinating. 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...

Alone in the Desert

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. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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Afton Canyon

Afton Canyon

Take a long look as you drive along that lonely stretch of highway between Barstow and Baker, Calif. Just over there, to the southeast, see those yellowish hills with dark green knobs? See the train chugging along what looks like a river of golden sand? More...

Ruins of Tumco

Cinnamon Geode Beds

Many of those who have dug for thundereggs at the Colorado Desert's famous Hauser Geode Beds or Potato Patch are also aware of the existence of the nearby Cinnamon Beds. More...

Mesquite Catkins

Mesquite Bean

During the inevitable droughts and deprivations of desert frontier days, mesquite trees served up the primary food source for caravans and settlers. Mesquite beans became "manna from heaven". More...

Ruins of Tumco

Tumco - Hedges - Ogilby -
Ghost Towns

Discovery of gold in the Cargo Muchacho Mining District is credited to a mule that strayed while members of a California-bound wagon train were camped near these mountains in 1862. More...

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