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Next Stop – Kelso – The heyday of passenger trains is long gone. But the lovely lady of Kelso was meticulously restored as the National Park’s visitor center for the Mojave National Preserve. The former depot reopened in November 2005. James Woolsey, former chief of resource interpretation and outreach for NPS said the station is “a magical place — like an oasis in the desert.” More…

Centipedes Centipedes, with an evolutionary lineage dating back more than 400 million years, share ancestral roots with lobsters, shrimp and crayfish. Worldwide, some 3000 modern species have been discovered and described by scientists, who estimate that another 5000 species await discovery and description. The centipedes’ menacing appearance, secretive hideaways, nocturnal predation and wide diversity have given rise to a bewildering patchwork of facts, questions and folklore. More…

NEW! Shutterbug 101 Welcome to Shutterbug 101. This is our first in a series of tutorials on how to make better photographs. We are here assuming you want to go beyond a typical snapshot. Or maybe you want to figure out how to make your camera do more than just "auto." If so, then stay tuned, because we are going to teach you just that. Each month we will present a new lesson and perhaps an exercise to help you become a more proficient photographer. More…

Monument Valley Monument Valley is not a valley at all, but rather a wide flat, landscape interrupted by colorful red buttes and spires rising hundreds of feet into the air. These are the last remnants of the sedimentary rock layers that once covered the entire region. Monument Valley is contained entirely within the Navajo reservation, occupying both Utah and Arizona. This is is one of the most remarkable, beautiful and famous landscapes in the world, early recognized by Hollywood as a stunning background for western films. More…

Yuma Territorial Prison Yuma Territorial Prison is a living museum of the Old West. More than 3,000 desperadoes, convicted of crimes ranging from polygamy to murder, were imprisoned in rock and adobe cells here during the prison’s 33-year existence between 1876 and 1909. The cells, main gate and guard tower are still standing, providing visitors with a glimse of convict life in the Southwest a century ago. More…

Rainbow Basin Northwest of Barstow, California, lies one of the most beautiful and mysterious locations in the Mojave Desert: Rainbow Basin. It’s a mishmash of shapes, colors and fantastic formations, a place where water and wind have worked magic, sculpting layers of sandstone and sediment to expose brilliantly colored formations. It changes moment by moment with the passing day, with shadows falling deep into canyons and cuts. Rainbow Basin is surrealistic, other-worldly, seemingly a land that couldn’t possibly exist on the same planet that holds forests and lakes and lush meadows. More…

DesertRoadTrippin’ – Day Trip 5: Touring the Big Boulders at Joshua Tree National ParkOne of my favorite things about visiting national and state parks is the transformation that occurs when you cross over into the park’s boundaries. As the landscape takes on a new form I feel like I’m entering into another world. Joshua Tree National Park is most definitely one of those magical places. The sharp angles of the Joshua Tree forests are the foreground to a wonderland of gigantic granite boulders and rock outcroppings. It’s an otherworldly landscape that takes you back thousands of years. You feel as if you might see a dinosaur step out from behind one of the Jumbo Rock piles at any moment. More…

Videos of the Month – Coyote Canyon to the Lower WillowsCoyote Canyon is a 4×4 route in Anza Borrego Desert State Park whose entrance is marked by the Borrego Angel. This canyon was a corridor that was used by Anza in 1775 to bring settlers to California. Come along with the DesertUSA crew as we navigate this trail, cross a flooded wash, and encounter equestrians

Trip of the Month – Tucson Gem & Mineral Show The colossal Tucson Mineral Show is by far the largest gem and mineral show on earth. It is not a single show or held at a single location. The Tucson Show consists of dozens of major independent shows held at various locations throughout the city. Some of the finest mineral specimens known to exist in the world are displayed at the show. More…

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New Agate Light
Each one is unique Choose your own! Cut and polished from Brazilian agate
They come on a non- endangered Brazilian wood base. The light bulb and cord are included. The stones are approximately 6 .5" High by 4" Wide. The light is inside the stone (see picture left). 115 volts. Click here for more information.

New Dinosaur Nest Excavation Kit
Junior Archeologist Dinosaur Kit: Children now have the chance to dig up their own dinosaur nests. Each nest is covered up. Using the wood chisle and brush provided in the kit, the soft clay like material is removed revealing a dinosaur nest. Great fun for the kids. 6 different nests to choose from. See example of dinosaurs found in the nests on our website!

New LED stand with glass sphere.
Projects multiple colors of LED lights on object placed on center of mirror. Can select 8 different lighting and flashing patterns. Comes with one power adapter. (Can run on Batteries also) Place crystals or acrylic holograms on stand for lighting effects. This LED Lighted Stand emits soothing light that changes colors continuously, using the latest LED (Light Emitting Diode) and Computer Micro chip technologies. When you set a translucent or semi-translucent object on this LED Stand, it will create a phantom of light that mimics a splendid Aurora Light Effect. For more information


Sounds of the Desert: Ah-Nee-Ma, John Huling, Robert Mirabal.
Let the sounds of nature and American Indian instruments transport you to peaceful canyons and wide open skies. Enchanting music of Native American flutes, drums, and chants with keyboard textures and guitars to form a rich landscape of musical sound paintings, inspired by the ancient cultures of the American Southwest. Listen online to clips.


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.


Stuffed animal and book gift sets: Stellaluna and little fruit bat toy, Tortoise and the Jack Rabbit and Tortoise toy plus Jack Rabbit toy, and more!
Educational toys like Break-at-Home Geodes and 3D puzzle – 3 models – Tarantula – Scorpion – Gila Monster!
Stuffed animals of all kinds – coyotes, snakes, big horned sheep, horses, bats, prairie dogs, foxes, and more! 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.
And special lucky Kokopelli, the Southwest Indians’ Humpbacked Flute Player, in his multi-colored stuffed form!


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.


Fascinated with the desert and explorer programs? This fascinating and educational book set is only 12.95 – great 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 survival.
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.


The rare and delicious scent of Desert Queen fragrance captures the scent of the Night-Blooming Cereus – 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray only $38.95.

Bath and shower gel 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. Hand & 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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