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Photo of Solar Observator at Harquhala Peak in AZ. Photo by Stephen M.Richard, CC.

Exploring Harquahala Peak

A Journey to Arizona’s Highest Point and Historic Solar Observatory

Gordon Burhop’s “Solar Studies on Harquahala Peak” invites readers on an adventure to explore the highest point in southwestern Arizona, where the Smithsonian Institution’s Astrophysical Observatory once stood. Despite the rugged journey to the summit, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking views, solitude, and a glimpse into the historic scientific site. From hiking ancient burro trails to marveling at experimental solar panels, the journey offers a blend of natural beauty and technological innovation amidst the vast desert wilderness. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, this article promises an unforgettable expedition to uncover the secrets of Harquahala Peak.

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Cactus in a desertscape garden

Desert Plants for Landscaping

Drought Tolerant Plants

In “Desert Plants for Landscaping: Drought Tolerant Plants,” George Oxford Miller explores the paradox of landscaping in arid environments, where water-guzzling flora often clash with the natural surroundings. Miller advocates for embracing the beauty and resilience of desert plants, which thrive in extreme conditions and require minimal maintenance once established. From the vibrant blooms of brittle bush to the allure of penstemons attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, native species offer not only aesthetic appeal but also ecological benefits, supporting local wildlife and conserving water resources. Discover how incorporating desert flora into landscaping designs can create stunning, sustainable outdoor spaces while honoring the unique character of the desert environment.

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mojave road guide with mojave desert in the background

Discover the ultimate resource for exploring the historic Mojave Road with the Mojave Road Guide (Revised Edition). Authored by historian Dennis Casebier, this updated guide features new maps, GPS coordinates, and a fully revised road log reflecting the latest changes in management and landmarks. Perfect for history enthusiasts and adventurers alike, this guide ensures you navigate this iconic recreational trail with confidence and insight. Don’t miss out on this essential tool for your Mojave Desert adventures. Get your copy today!

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