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Pancho Villa Statue

Pancho Villa and the Raid of Columbus, NM

Jack Thomas, deputy sheriff, and other officials sensed "something in the air," said Bill Rakocy, Villa Raids Columbus, N. Mex. Mar. 9, 1916. "They had noticed strange Mexicans in town-many 'friendly Mexicans' became silent and some left town." More...

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA - Gold Mining Ghost Town

The town of Bodie rose to prominence with the decline of mining along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Prospectors crossing the eastern slope in 1859 to search for gold discovered what was to be the Comstock Lode at Virginia City and started a wild rush to the surrounding high desert country. More...

Lake Powell

Lakes on the Colorado River

If you are looking for places to stay cool in the desert this summer, consider a trip to one of the many recreational areas located along the Colorado River. Its 1400-mile shoreline is full of adventure, interesting geological features, breathtaking lakes. More...

Goblin Valley

Strange and Unique Rock Sculptures

Goblin Valley State Park is inhabited by strange and unique rock sculptures, carved by wind and water, that suggest mischievous goblins and phantasmagoric creatures. It also contains colorful chocolate-colored balanced rocks, spires and pedestals. 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...

Seldom Seen Slim

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...

Cadiz Wilderness

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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Potash Road in Utah

Exploring Utah

The campground was great for small mobile homes or tent campers like me. It was right next to the Colorado River. There were access points that allowed campers to submerge themselves in the cold water after a hot summer day in Moab. More...

Salton Sea

The Shrinking Salton Sea

The Salton Sea in the Sonoran Desert in southeastern California. It occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. It is bordered on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego DSP. More...

Tuweep Gorge

Tuweep Wilderness

If you're looking for an out-of-the-way hiking and camping adventure with breathtaking views of the desert and the Grand Canyon gorge, check out the Tuweep Wilderness. The Tuweep Wilderness is one of the most remote areas in the United States. More...

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...

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