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Dwindling Southwest Water Resources – During the drought we have experienced over the past several years across much of the desert Southwest – including southern California, southern Nevada, southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas – our water tables have fallen, wetlands have diminished, stream flows have dwindled and lakes have contracted. More…

Discovery Road – Exploring Highway 58 and Detours Mom, what’s that over there?” “Dad, what’s THAT?” “MommyDaddy, are we there yet?” Common enough questions from the kids as you wander along Highway 58, which runs from Barstow to Santa Margarita near the coast in San Luis Obispo County. Unlike its famous cousin — Highway 395 — State Highway 58 gets very little press. But More…

Stay Cool this Summer – Lake and River Destinations – When it starts heating up in the desert regions it is time to find some cool destinations for recreation and relaxation. May is the beginning of the river season and water enthusiasts from all areas flock to the Colorado River to enjoy the cool, blue depths of one of the largest rivers in the United States. More…

Summer Destinations in Arizona As the sun heats up the desert we start looking for shade and higher elevations where the temperatures are cooler. There are many activities in the high-desert regions where you can escape the heat and go for a fun hike or outdoor excursion. In this article we will outline some of the higher-elevation destinations in Arizona including the Grand Canyon region, Sedona, Flagstaff and locations near Phoenix, Arizona. More…

The Mud Caves of Carrizo Badlands One of the most fascinating points of interest in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves. Arroyo Tapiado, translated from Spanish, means “walled wash.” The Mud Caves are found along the walls of this wash canyon. One of the most extensive mud cave systems in the world, they contain approximately 22 known caves and 9 slot canyons. More…

Video of the Month – Carrizo Badlands – Mud Caves – Canyon Sin Nombre Explore the Mud Caves with DesertUSA, as we travel the S-2 to Vallecito Wash and onto the Arroyo Tapiado Wash. Enter a cave with us as we explore these mysterious erosion-formed features with our flashlights and cameras. Travel Canyon Sin Nombre through the ancient Coyote Mountains. More…

Trip of the Month – The Grand Canyon – Located in northern Arizona, the park is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes. More…


James R. Mitchell’s GEM TRAILS BOOKS cover the Southwest and are available in our online book store. Detailed maps and descriptive text lead the rockhound to the best collecting sites for gems, minerals and fossils. Black and white photos aid in locating the collecting area. Stunning color photos help with specimen identification. Ideal for the novice, an important addition to any experienced rockhound’s collection. Click here to view rock & treasure hunting books.

Rockhounding the Wiley’s Well District of California: The GPS User’s Guide not only pinpoints the collecting sites in the Wiley’s Well District, famous for the Hauser Geode Beds, but does the same for every significant junction on the way to them. No maps are needed. One can find his or her way with ease and much greater accuracy than that offered by any map.


Of all the North American lizards, HORNED LIZARDS are the most fearsome-looking and distinctive by virtue of the pointed, protruding "horns" above their eyes.

These Creations are the closest representation to real horned lizards. When you hold one in your hand, you will believe that it is real. The feeling of holding a horned lizard will stay in your memory forever. All figurines are hand painted and made with pewter.


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 Here for more information.

Enjoy Prickly 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.


Agate Bookends – Beautiful, unique bookends of Brazilian Agate, in a wide range of colors from brilliant magenta to aquamarine and topaz colorings. Average size: 5" Tall X 8" Wide X 3" Deep but sizes vary. Hurry! Each one is different and they go fast!

Click here to take a look.


Joint Supplement – 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.

PARK DVDs . . .

State and National Park DVDs – Plan your 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.

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

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

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