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Southwest Water Resources – A Glimmer of Hope – It may seem hard, long term, to have much hope. During the past several decades, major aquifers have become seriously depleted. Stream flows have declined. Important riverine wetlands and the Colorado River and Rio Grande deltas have essentially dried up. More…

Free Standing Art Structures in Borrego Springs History is unfolding in Borrego Springs with the placement of the Gomphotherium free standing art structures. These creatures lived in the area about 3 million years ago. Dennis Avery, landowner of Galleta Meadows Estates has added ‘free standing art’, original steel welded sculptures created by Perris Jurassic Park’s Ricardo Breceda. More…

Surviving Summer in Death Valley The extremes of summer in Death Valley pose the ultimate test of survival for wildlife. Animals must have special adaptations of both their bodies and their habits to thrive in the severe climate. The Kangaroo Rat, Sidewinder and Pupfish are among the most successful, but each in their own unique way. More…

Discover the Waters of the Southwest After living for nearly two decades on the Texas Gulf Coast, where we owned a 21-foot Wellcraft and fished the estuaries, the flats, the surf and the offshore waters, I find it somewhat disorienting when I see sailboats, inboard and outboard power boats and even houseboats towed or hauled along the freeways across the desert. It seems like a non sequitur. After living for awhile in the Southwest, however, I have come to understand that mountain streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes lie at the soul of the region. More…

The Desert is Bugged – Enjoy Bug Lighting!It’s night. It’s warm. There is no television in the campground and the kids are bored. Several moths flutter around the Coleman lamp. An owl hoots, a coyote sings and the kids whine. It is too early to put them to bed but they have nothing to do. Or so you think… With the aid of a fluorescent black light, a wide range of mysterious, beautiful and fascinating creatures will come to you for your study and inspection. More…

Beat Arizona’s HeatAbout 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, off Arizona State Highway 87, the Mogollon Rim’s forest of ponderosa pine, pinyon, juniper and scrub oak offers some welcome relief from the summer heat of the Sonoran Desert. Here, in the heart of Arizona’s rim country, 5000 to 6000 feet in elevation, you will discover three communities with considerable charm. More…

Video of the Month – Art in the Borrego Desert See for yourself the new Gomphotherium free standing art structures in Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs. These life-sized original steel welded sculptures were created by ‘Perris Jurassic Park’ owner/artist/welder Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California.

Trip of the Month – Capitol Reef National Park is 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles of the long up-thrust called the "Waterpocket Fold", extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Plateau southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. "Capitol Reef" is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. 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!

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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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