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From Salton Sea to Salvation Mountain and Slab City – Less than an hour from Indio, CA lies the Salton Sea. Once a recreation mecca for desert snowbirds, the Salton Sea is a far cry from the vacation spot it used to be. Due to high salt levels fewer fish are able to reproduce, so they are dying off. The day I visited the Salton Sea the temperature was about 103 degrees. The smell was not bad at all. The campground and Visitor’s Center were empty. More…

Desert Camping – Sahara Style Off-roading at about 60 miles per hour across the rocky desert, with the radio playing our driver’s favorite Moroccan cassette tape, we were astonished to see rain clouds. It was quite beautiful – we watched the storm as we drove in our Toyota 4x4s, rain clouds dark blue against the sky… More…

Desert Animal Survival Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. But animals have an additional problem — they are more susceptible to extremes of temperature than are plants. Animals receive heat directly by radiation from the sun, and indirectly, by conduction from the substrate (rocks and soil) and convection from the air. More…

Shutterbug 101: Windows to the Soul Good portraits are one of the hardest photographic skills to come close to mastering. Notice I didn’t say “master” because I am not sure anyone ever masters the art of photography as it is a lifelong learning process. There is a huge difference between a snapshot and a candid portrait. More…

Shutterbug 101: Up Close and Personal Today we continue with a lesson on candid portraits, that is, portraits shot outside of a portrait studio. In this situation you have two choices: shoot tight on just the face and shoulders or shoot wider to allow some of the environment to show. Tighter is good when the background is distracting or when you want to highlight a stunning face. More…

Climbing Mt Whitney Mt. Whitney is the most frequently climbed peak in the Sierra Nevadas, and perhaps the entire U.S. The summit can be most directly reached via a 10.7-mile trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles west of of Lone Pine. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early October. More…

Get the latest Colorado River Information The rivers feeding Lake Powell are below average, but the lake starts to rise at this time of year. Lake levels are changing as the water flow down the Colorado river to Mexico through the dams and lakes. More…

DesertRoadTrippin’ – Keep Your Dog Safe from Rattlesnake BitesSummer is in full swing. The days are longer and we spend more time doing things outdoors. If you take your dog on hikes and on road trips you need to make sure they are comfortable and safe. This includes the heat as well as dangers you may encounter on the trails such as rattlesnakes, scorpions and other hazards. This tip is about how to keep your dog safe from rattlesnakes. More…

Videos of the Month – Randsburg and TronaRandsburg sprang from an old mining camp. In 1896, Randsburg was called Rand Camp. Today it is a living ghost town, a working mining town that likes having some — but not too much — company. There are no stop lights, gas stations or malls here; just an unpretentious, quiet little town that enjoys its place in desert history. Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa). The Trona Pinnacles have been fe! atured in many commercials, films, and still-photo shoots. More…

Trip of the Month – Virgina City Virginia City used to be the richest gold producing area in the United States. Gold was first found in Gold Canyon south of Virginia City by the Grosh brothers. Soon more gold deposits were found at the top of Gold Canyon in January 1859 by James Finney, known as “Old Virginny” and Henry Comstock. The early mining was done by the placer mining method of washing the dirt from around the small pieces of gold found in creeks. More…

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Recreation Lakes of California
Detailed maps and current information on over 430 California Lakes!
Lakes, parks and monuments with roads leading to camping, R.V. parks, lodging, boating facilities and numerous other attractions. Recreation Lakes of California gives you information on the extensive outdoor recreation facilities to enjoy this scenic area of the California. Click here to learn more.
Joshua Tree National Park DVD
A bold adventure and historical documentary made possible by the tireless efforts of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt and her sincere interest in preserving the park’s beauty and history as an intriguing part of the American West. Full of educational information about the ecosystems and ancient Indian population, plus rare and astounding footage of the wildlife that occupies this National Park. The story chronicles the historical time of the settlers, miners, outlaws and cattlemen, culminating in the historical events and story of the now famous Keys Ranch. Click here to learn more.
Cute Gift Set of 4 Seed Tubes
Daisy Seeds
Joshua Tree Seeds
Hummingbird Garden Seeds
Mixed Dish Cactus Seeds
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Seeds (4 Tubes)
Small Shovel in each tube
Instructions on planting and care in each tube
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Wolves Blue-Ray DVD! – As presented in IMAX theaters! Take a journey into the world of WOLVES with intimate and rarely seen footage of one of North America’s greatest predators: Canis Lupus
A moving soundtrack of Native American music adds a deeply poignant element to the film and propels views on an inner quest of their own during this remarkable story of one of the world’s most tenacious species and our closest fellow predator.
Filmed in locations including Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Quebec. WOLVES offers hope, inspiration and a look at what good people can do when they care enough to correct some of the mistakes that threaten the health of the natural world.
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Live Giant Saguaro!!!
They are back in stock after 2 years.

Live Giant Saguaro
The saguaro is 2 to 3 inches high and about 2 inches wide. Come with pot and dirt. Just add 1 tablespoon of water every month.

Description of Giant Saguaro
The magnificent Saguaro Cactus, the state flower of Arizona, is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, often with several large branches (arms) curving upward in the most distinctive conformation of all Southwestern cacti.

The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly — perhaps an inch a year — but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet. The largest plants, with more than 5 arms, are estimated to be 200 years old. An average old Saguaro would have 5 arms and be about 30 feet tall.

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. At just $14.95, the 23 oz size is a great economical bargain! 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.
Desert Blush Lemonade (Makes 1/2 Gallon)
16 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup
48 oz. Water
Directions: Pour over ice or blend in a blender.
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Lavender Spa Booties
Overworked, cold feet are soothed while you improve your circulation. Just pop in the microwave for aromatic, moist heat. Lovingly hand stuffed and finished in Sonoma, California. Made in the USA! Just $26.95!
Heated Neck Roll – Dot/Plush
The Ultimate comfort. Cushy pillows you can heat or chill for muscle-soothing relief while the scent of lavender relaxes. Lovingly hand stuffed and finished in Sonoma, California. Made in the USA! Just $26.95!
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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Fascinated with the desert and explorer programs? This fascinating and educational book set is 18.95 – 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.
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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.

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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