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DesertUSA is a guide to the American Southwest. Our stories feature topics ranging from rockhounding and boating to desert parks and unique points of interest.  DesertUSA’s content includes in depth information about the natural history of the desert regions of the United States.

Desert Wildflowers

Desert Wildflower Touring

Four Drives into Desert Wildflower Country

If you’re sensitive to the rhythms of the desert, you’ll know that the period from March to mid-April is a time when a special kind of natural magic can occur. All through February, if the gentle winter rains have arrived on schedule, wildflowers have been peeking their heads up out of the sandy soil, reluctant to expose themselves to the still chilly air. Now, with the increasing temperatures and longer daylight of early spring, perennials and annuals burst forth, making a spectacular show in particularly abundant years. When spring comes, I pack a camera or two, a few well-worn guidebooks and road maps, and head out to scout wildflowers. When I do, I usually follow these four easy itineraries. Read more…

El Camino del Diablo

El Camino del Diablo

The Devil’s Highway

Various friends and I have traveled El Camino del Diablo by four-wheel drive vehicle on four occasions. The most recent time we started the trip at Caborca, the original beginning of the trail. We traveled north northwest up Mexican Highway 2, crossed into Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at Lukeville. We followed the border west to Quitobaquito. Even today, the area encompasses some of the most remote and undeveloped desert in the United States. Read more…

Cowboy Ted

Chance Meeting with a Cowboy

Fisherman, Prospector and Horseman

I was coming down the road when I saw this handlebar-mustached cowboy riding towards me — a-straddle one horse and leading the other. There was a sheathed buck knife on the saddle and a bed roll tied onto the back of his horse. Leaning out the car window, I said, “You are too cool.” Read more…

American Buffalo

The Plains Bison

American Buffalo

Among the largest land animals in North America, the plains bison bull may measure some 6 1/2 feet at the shoulder and 11 or 12 feet from the head to the rump. It may weigh as much as a ton. The bison’s thick winter coat – with coarse guard hairs and a downy undercoat – provides insulation so effective that snow accumulates on the animal’s back without melting from the heat of the skin. Read more…


Prickly Pear Drink Recipes

DesertUSA has received so many requests for Prickly Pear recipes and ingredients that we have decided to stock our store with Prickly Pear Syrup, nectar and related products.

Prickly Pear Drink Recipes & Prickly Pear Syrup Products
Buy Prickly Pear Syrup 35 oz.
Buy Prickly Pear Syrup 1 Gallon.

Fun for Kids!

If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with your kids, check out our “Break-at-Home” geode kits. This hands on rockhounding experience is a great way for kids to learn about geology, how geodes are formed and to experience the excitement of discovery when they break one open.  Learn more about “Break-at-Home” geodes.

Mojave Road Guide

An adventure through time. Explore the route used by pioneers on their way to California. The Mojave Road lets your SUV act as a time machine, guiding you on a trail that stretches for 138 miles through country virtually unchanged since prehistoric times.  Learn more about the Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier.