February 2008


2008 Wildflower Season:
This year we are predicting a better wildflower season than last year. Many of
the desert regions have received rain during the recent storms and we think it
will have a positive effect on this year’s showing.
On a recent trip to Joshua Tree and Mojave we were able to get some photos of
wildflowers already starting to bloom. More…

Featured Articles
Man’s Journey
Headed southward toward Mexico in the summer of 1670, over a
trail through a foreboding desert landscape bounded by dark and sullen mountains
to the east and west, a party of five traders made a grim discovery. More…

Collectibles – Kachina Dolls
In the cosmological
world of the Southwest’s Puebloan traditions, the masked figures called "kachinas," or "katsinam," personify
supernatural sacred landscapes.

Launches New Online Community

The DUSA Community offers FREE profile pages for Members who sign up. Members
receive their own profile page where they can share photos, videos and blog about
their experiences in the desert and American Southwest.More…

Snowbowl & Winterfest
The San Francisco
Peaks — the home of the Arizona Snowbowl — are located in the north-central
portion of Arizona, about 14 miles from downtown Flagstaff. The peaks are the
remains of an extinct volcano and are considered sacred by many Native American
tribes in the area.

Stuffed Duck
– There is no doubt in my mind that you will thank me for this recipe as, even
after 40 years behind the stove I thank a friend of mine for sharing it with
me… of course… I had to make it just a bit better. So you are going to say…
Duck in the Desert. More…

Springs: It’s not just a hike, it’s a time machine.
within the foothills of Palm Springs are the magnificent Tahquitz and Indian
Canyons hiking trails. More than just a lush oasis of palm trees and natural
spring waters, these canyons are where the ancestors of the Agua Caliente Band
of Cahuilla Indians once lived. More…

March 5-9th Annual
Festival of Native Film and Culture in Agua Caliente

Now in its seventh season, the Festival of Native Film and Culture is
one of the nationís most highly-regarded festivals of its kind –
showcasing the best in films by, about, and starring Native people. The
2008 Festival will include feature films, documentaries, and short
films from some of today’s premiere Native American and international
indigenous filmmakers. More…

of the Month – Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge,
the world’s largest natural bridge, is considered a sacred place by the Navajo
Indians, for whom personified rainbows have stood as guardians of the universe.
This natural wonder nestles among canyons carved by streams en route to the Colorado
River from Navajo Mountain’s north flank. Until the formation of Lake Powell,
this was one of the most remote and inaccessible regions in the contiguous United
States. More…

of the Month – Randsberg, California
Johannesburg and Red Mountain are three small towns along U.S. Highway 395 between
Ridgecrest and Boron, California. They are the mining district towns of the Rand
Area, the gold and silver mining belt of Kern County, named after the Witwatersrand
of South Africa. More…

Season 2008 is almost here:
out Mojave Desert
standard by which all other wildflower books are measured. The author, Jon Mark
Stewart, has combined super photography with concise information. This book has
an entire color page devoted to each wildflower covered, along with a discussion
of the wildflower. 210 pages with 200 color photos. Perhaps
the best photographic wildflower book ever published.
Covers the wildflowers found in the High Deserts
of California, Arizona and Nevada. Or if you are headed out to the desert
to view the wildflowers, take a look at our park
guide packages
before you go.

when you are done hiking… try some Prickly Pear refreshments!

Try a Prickly
Pear Margarita made
with Prickly Pear Cactus syrup
. The syrup also
makes exceptionally flavorful Wine Coolers, Spritzers, and Prickly Pear
Lemonade. The
Syrup comes in 7 oz.,12 oz., 23 oz. and 1 gallon containers. Click
for more information.

Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies
– Half pound
box featuring three mouth-watering candy selections. Tantalize your tastebuds
with flavors of the southwest from the fruits of the desert.

Queen Fragrances – from the Queen of the Night cactus flower

– The inspired Desert Queen fragrance captures the scent
of the elusive Queen of the Night cactus flower. Our special Desert
Queen Gift Trio
contains three of our most popular full-size products:
1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 8oz. Hand & Body Lotion and 8oz. Bath & Shower
Gel, packaged in an attractive bag. Specially priced at $64.95!    ($75.00
if purchased separately)

For Your Dog . . .

– Do you have an older dog or a dog with arthritis or
joint problems? Check out Nimble, a glucosamine
product for dogs, that could help return them to pain-free movement. Click
here for more information or to buy

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Are you a rockhound? James R. Mitchell’s Gem
Trail Books
cover the Southwest and are available in our online book store.
A good "where to go book" with lots of maps. Click
here to view rock & treasure hunting books.

Experience the excitement
and mystery of Geode Hunting – at home! Break-At-Home

Park DVDs . . .

State and National
Park DVDs

Plan your Spring and Summer vacations to the great
parks of the American Southwest. DesertUSA has an extensive selection of park
DVDs including: Arches, Big Bend, Monument Valley, Death Valley, The Grand Canyon,
Carlsbad Caverns, Zion, Yellowstone, Red Rock Canyon and many more. Click
here to browse our park DVDs.

2 Anza Borrego DVDs

Ghost Mountain DVD the story of Marshal South and his family’s adventure of living on Ghost Mountain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. To preview the DVD in Flash Click Here.

in the Desert.
This stunning DVD
covers the various regions of the park, as well as indigenous flora and fauna.

is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.

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