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Yucca Valley Film Festival

Yucca Valley Free Film Festival

The 1st Annual Yucca Valley Film Festival is hosted by the town of Yucca Valley. To execute this extraordinary event, the town has engaged multi-award-winning director, scriptwriter and producer, Matt Beurois, as well as French producer, performer, singer and songwriter, Auregan, as Festival Directors. More...

Rainbow Basin

Rainbow Basin

Northwest of Barstow, California, lies one of the most beautiful and mysterious locations in the Mojave Desert: Rainbow Basin. It's a mishmash of shapes, colors and fantastic formations, a place where water and wind have worked magic. More...

Blvd of Dreams in Zzyzx

Exploring Zzyzx, California

Initially, my fascination with Zzyzx had to do with its name, but as I drove in towards the town, and the scenery evolved from strange to stranger, I was totally captivated with its offbeat obscurity. It is a perfect example of short lived opulence and optimism that eventually began to disintegrate and devolve into the dust surrounding it. More...

Skull Rock

Joshua Tree National Park

A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of Joshua Tree National Park for day hikers or campers. The park offers visitors endless opportunities for exploration and discovery, providing wonderful hikes, rock climbs, views of rock formations and spectacular desert plants. 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...

Ocotillo in Bloom

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...

Buffalo Soldier

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...

Julian, CA

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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Welcome to Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach, CA - Rediscovered

Bombay Beach has been reinvented as a destination for desert art. It's not alone in that distinction - south of the city lie the towns of Niland and Slab City, other areas that have attracted artists and led to creations like East Jesus and Salvation Mountain. More...

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly protects and preserves the numerous archeological resources on the canyon rims, walls and bottomlands. Thanks to an arid climate and the shelter of numerous caves and overhangs, an unusual variety of delicate artifacts and organic remains has been preserved. More...

Garth's Boulder Garden

Garth's Boulder Garden

Many people plant cactus and add rocks - the more rocks, the better the rock garden. It's one thing to move rocks to your garden though; it's another to move your garden to the rocks. In Yucca, California, that's what one man did. More...

Ghost at Vallecito Station

The Haunted Desert

Spooky stories, unexplained mysteries and tales of ghosts are part of desert lore. It is no wonder that so many ghosts haunt the lonely trails, mountains, and landmarks of the forbidding desert. The desert can be so unforgiving and, at the same time, unbelievably generous. More...

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