Desert Wind and Windmills
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Born of the battle between the sun and sand, the dust devil is a rapidly rotating column of air that has wrapped itself around a rising thermal. The average dust devil is ten to fifty feet in diameter. The chief ingredients for a good dust devil are clear skies and a bright sun, along with a dry surface that can become very hot.
- Fish Creek Wash - Wind Caves
Fish Creek Wash is an easy 4WD route that passes through Split Mountain. The road winds through a gorge between the Vallecito Mountains and Fish Creek Mountains. View this area, including the "anticline," an unusual formation created during an earthquake that took place 5 million years ago, the Elephant Knees mud hill formation, and the sculpted Wind Caves.
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