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Weep NotCemetery visitors celebrate life not death – e
dead or the living? Do marble angels watch over the souls who search
among silvery tombstones for names, dates and stone flowers? Call them
grave hunters, genealogists or historians, gravers, tombstone tenders,
stone strollers or death hags. Just don’t call them morbid. Or ghouls.
Or heaven forbid, necrophiliacs. Technically they are called
taphophiles – people who love cemeteries and funerals. And they are
just like you and me. They could even be your neighbors. More…

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park is hugged by the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
elbowing a narrow green ribbon through the harsh grandeur of the Great
Chihuahuan Desert. The area covers some 400 square miles of spectacular
rock formations, unique plants and animals and a record of over 10,000
years of human occupation. More…

Road Trip: Laughlin – Chloride – Route 66 – Oatman
If the whirlwind of slot machines, gaming tables and shows grinds you
down during a trip to Las Vegas or Laughlin, Nevada, you might want to
take an easy day’s drive over into Arizona for a change of pace. Within
a few hours, you can visit two quaint old towns – Chloride and Oatman –
from the mining days, and you can drive a spectacular stretch of
Historic Route 66. More…

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
General George S. Patton Memorial Museum was established to honor the
late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with
him at the Desert Training Center and overseas. The museum, is located
off Interstate 10, about 30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit,
which was the entrance to Camp Young, command post for the DTC during
World War II. The site was donated by Joseph Chiriaco, one of the first
area residents General Patton met when he arrived to set up the center. More…

Treasure Hunting: Dating the Peralta Stone Maps
Some people think that dating the stone maps would be a simple
procedure of modern science that would determine how old they are.
Dating the stones themselves would in fact be quite simple using the
Potassium-Argon method described below. But the results would only
indicate how long ago mother earth formed the rocks that the stone maps
were made from. Millions or Billions of years ago. The Radiocarbon
dating method cannot be used because the stone maps are not composed of
Organic Materials. (Editor’s Note – lots of reader’s comments weighing in on this issue!) More…

New Blog! DesertRoadTrippin’ – Day Trip 1: The Wind Caves at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park The
summer has ended and the cooler fall temperatures have lured me out of
my air-conditioned home onto the desert trails. My first outing of the
fall season was a day trip to a popular area in Anza-Borrego Desert
State Park called Fish Creek Wash. I wanted to hike to the Wind Caves
and explore. More…

Video of the Month – Dust Devils 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, a bright sun, and a
dry hot surface. More…

Trip of the Month – Quartzsite, Arizona
Quartzsite, Arizona is famous for its January/ February gem and mineral
shows. If you want to get a hotel space or RV hookup, now is the time
to plan! More…

DESERTUSA’S STORE features quality items at low prices! Shop NOW for your holiday gifts and get the LOWEST SHIPPING PRICES!


At only $10.99 apiece these calendars make great gifts that eveyone appreciates!
From sandstone arches at Natural Bridges National Park, to shots of
saguaros in the sunset, to the tufas of Mono Lake – let your 2009 be
filled with the awesome beauty of the Desert Southwest. Take a look at our 2009 Desert Southwest Calendar.
Or if flowers are more to your taste, our 2009 Wildflower Calendar will
fill your year with blooms ranging from Columbine to Cactus. Take a
look at these lovely detailed images by clicking here.


Prickly pear extract can prevent the worst of hangovers,
according to a research study reported in the June 2004 issue of
"Archives of Internal Medicine". Dr Jeffrey Weise and colleagues at
Tulane University in New Orleans conductive the research. They found
that prickly pear extract significantly reduces the symptoms of
alcohol-induced hangovers. It also balances: weight, sugar,
cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

Ingredients: Prickly Pear extract (99%), malic acid from apples, love.
Click here to find out more!


Live Cactus Egg (miniature Greenhouse for Cactus sprout)
Set includes: 1 Live Cactus, Egg Incubator dome, and Instructions on
planting and care, provides education and fun as you raise your own
cactus! Click here to see it!

Two new types of live Cactus Kits: Choose
2 or 4 cactus containers and enjoy Real Desert Beauty with your own
Cactus Garden. The finest hand selected nursery cacti have been chosen
for these kits. The kits include: 2 or 4 Cactus depending on kit,
Potting Soil, and Painted Clay Pot with drainage hole. You will only
water 1 tablespoon per month per plant. Click here for more information.


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.


Cute and cuddly, friendly frog will croak for you! Click here to see him. Bison with sound
also available. Don’t miss our adorable pair of wild horses. Honeycomb
and Nutmeg are 7" tall microfiber plush horses. Honeycomb is a Palamino
and Nutmeg is a Chestnut horse. Click here for the horses.


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.


Got a kid (or adult) who’s fascinated with the desert and watches all the explorer programs? Get him or her this fascinating and educational book set for only 12.95 – a great gift for budding scientists and explorers!

Desert Survival Handbook
– Survival situations can and do happen to average people, as well as
adventurous explorers. You’ll have the capacity to handle these
situations if you know and follow the fundamental principles of

Outdoor Gizmos -Did you know that a
few rocks, some sticks, a shoelace or two, a wrist watch, a dollar
bill, and a drinking straw are all you need to make surprisingly
accurate sun-powered and star-powered gizmos? It’s a fact: In minutes
you can construct a stick and rock sundial or compass, assemble a
Sky-high Scope (included) that can measure the height of a tree or
determine where you are on the planet, or figure out how long until the
sun sets using nothing more than your hands. Click here to read more…


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.


Treat her like royalty – give her the rare and delicious scent of Desert Queen fragrance, capturing the scent of the Night-Blooming Cereus – 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray for only $38.95, way below the cost of most department store perfumes and twice as nice! Bath and shower gel at only $16.95 cleans and moisturizes the skin with a special blend of mild cleansers, vitamins and botanical extracts, including aloe. Gift Trio at $64.95 includes .7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 8oz. Han!
d & Body Lotion and 8oz. Bath & Shower Gel plus attractive gift bag!

PARK DVDs . . .

State and National Park DVDs
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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