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Killer Bee

Killer Bees

Though their venom is no more potent than native honey bees, Africanized bees attack in far greater numbers and pursue perceived enemies for greater distances. Once disturbed, colonies may remain agitated for 24 hours, attacking people and animals. More...

Death Valley Salt Flats

Salt Flats - Death Valley

The low spot of the valley -- that's what caught my eye. Instead of the same brownish hues dotted with sage I was astounded to see a gleaming white dot that reflected the sunlight like a misplaced snow bank. Here was one of the great icons of desert travel, a dried salt lake. More...

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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...

Shady Merrick

"Shady" Myrick

Shady Myrick turns out to have been, not only a good fellow and the Mojave's earliest non-native collector of semiprecious stones, but a man of civic pride, a natty dresser when he went out to civilization, and something of a cultural icon. 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...

Ironwood 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...

Cadiz Wilderness

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...

Borrego Springs Mammoth and Sunset

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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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Little People

The memorial may have started as a single, simple rock monument to a friend, but it's turned into a sculpture garden of little people icons stretching over this small sandy valley. We visited the area in March of 2018 and were amazed to see hundreds of stone monuments there. More...


Ghost Towns in Southern Arizona

There are a number of interesting ghost towns in southern Arizona, especially in the area around Tombstone, and in or near Coronado National Forest. I'm including towns that are completely abandoned, as well as towns that still have residents. More...


Kit Carson and the Santa Fe Trail

Christopher "Kit" Carson played an almost legendary role in the exploration and settlement of the American West, from its thorny deserts to its forested mountain slopes to its grassy prairielands. He defined a noble vision of the American frontiersman. More...

Inside Carey's Castle

Carey's Castle

The deserts of the Southwest are littered with the ruins of abandoned mines, the remains of failed cattle ventures, and the abandoned shelters of desert squatters who searched for treasure or just simple solitude. More...

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