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St. Andrews Abbey: A World of Wonder – In every man lives the heart of a boy, an innocent child. Even in the esteemed personage of 81-year-old Father Maur van Doorslaer, the artist-in-residence at St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo. It didn’t take much encouragement for the nimble van Doorslaer to show off one of his model cars on the floor of his studio where he is busy creating his world-famous ceramic plaques and collectibles. More…

Corrizo Gorge – A Ride on the Impossible Railway It was at the very turn of the century that a group of people hiked into the deepest part of San Diego’s back country along the old railroad tracks. Weeds and shrubs had grown tall between rail ties. Rockslides buried the rails in mountain passes. Sand had shifted over the tracks in the desert. Many of the tunnels shorn up nearly a century ago with thick redwood timbers had caught fire and caved in. More…

Burning Man 2008 – Out and About on the Playa Burning Man 2008, a mixture of the bizarre and the sublime, lived up to its reputation for dust storms, heat, art and counter culture. The burning of the Man, the central celebration of the festival, was delayed due to extreme weather, ie whiteout conditions. Though plans for the usual pyrotechnic show were said to be abbreviated, the fireworks were still impressive and the burn occurred as planned Saturday night, Aug 30th at about 10:30 pm. Pacific Time. More…

Mosquitoes in the Southwest Worldwide, mosquitoes represent a far more deadly force than even Al Qaeda. Mosquitoes kill and sicken millions in a typical year. The terrorists murder and maim only thousands. Well over 3000 known species of mosquitoes exist around the globe… More…

Leeches in the Southwest You may be surprised to discover that you can find a respectable community of leeches, including blood sucking species, in locations such as our quiet river basin wetlands and high country ponds.  More…

Video of the Month – The Llama Llamas are graceful creatures with large eyes and a gentle character. They are easy to handle when well socialized to humans and their environment. Social by nature, llamas interact in herds and when removed from their herd will bond with other livestock such as sheep. More…

Trip of the Month – Mojave Road Perhaps the best treasure in eastern California’s Mojave National Preserve is a pair of tracks that cross the middle of it. This famous trail is the Mojave Road, one of the early routes that brought American pioneers to California. More…


Cute and friendly desert fox is looking for a home.

This endearing 7-inch, soft plush stuffed animal has perky ears and a wide awake expression, certain to be a winner with children, or with the adult fox-lover on your list. Click here to take a close up view.


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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