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.

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The Lost Horse Mine Hiking Trail
Joshua Tree National Park

Hiking the Lost Horse Mine Trail is an exploration into history. It is also a scenic adventure into Joshua Tree National Park. The hike to the Lost Horse Mine starts at four thousand six hundred feet and ascends southeast along an old mine road to five thousand one hundred and twenty feet.  Read more about hiking The Lost Horse Mine located in Joshua Tree National Park.

Jerome, AZ
The town with a billion dollar view

Jerome’s personality has changed dramatically in the past 30 years. Once a thriving mining camp between the late-1880s and early 1950s, Jerome is now a bustling tourist magnet and artistic community with a population of about 450. Read more about Jerome, AZ.

26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert
The desert can be an unforgiving place

With so many moving to desert areas or vacationing in the desert region, it is important to be aware of the desert’s dangers so that safety precautions can be taken. Even being caught on the side of a road without enough water can be dangerous. Read 26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert.

Lost Ship in the Desert
California’s Salton Sea Basin

Of all the legends about lost and found, and lost again treasures in the Southwest, there is none more mystifying than the enduring tale of a large sailing vessel which lies, full of riches, somewhere in the restless sands of California’s Salton Sea basin, toward the northern end of the Sonoran Desert. Read more about the lost ship in the desert.


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A Passion for the Rails
Shutterbug Blog

Photographers are a particularly passionate group of people. Some folks like to photograph wildlife. Others prefer landscapes or wildflowers. And then there is this bunch that are totally nuts about photographing trains: Big trains, little trains, bells and whistles, axles and wheels. Continue reading a Passion for the Rails by Lara Hartley.


Experience Ocotillo Wells SVRA in a Polaris RZR
Desert Road Trippin’ Blog
On a recent day trip to Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), I had the opportunity to go off-roading in a Polaris RZR.   I’d visited the area many times,  but I’d never explored it in an off–highway vehicle. Motorcycles and ATVs seemed a little overwhelming to me. That all changed when I learned about the Polaris RZR, a 4-passenger, off-highway vehicle that’s automatic and easy to drive. Read more.

South Park Trail – Yucca Valley, CA
Mojo on the Mojave Blog
South Park Trail boarders Joshua Tree National Park. South Park is wonderful because you can take your dog or your horse on a half mile loop trail to the South Park Peak.  The trail rises to a prominent 4,395 foot hill at the north edge of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, just outside the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Read more about South Park Trail.

Fun Kids’ Activity

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, check out our “Break-at-Home” geode kits. This hands on rockhounding experience is a fun way for kids to learn about geology, how geodes are formed and 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.

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
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