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THIS WILDFLOWER SEASON IS STILL GOING!! The cooler weather is extending the bloom this year. Click here to see photos, reports, and locations of the best blooms. Bookmark the wildflower updates page to stay tuned!
Loop-de-Loop – Death Valley Junction and the Amargosa Opera House – Boredom can be a wonderful thing. It can get you out of the house; it can give you reasons to meet people you might not talk to otherwise. Boredom can lead to adventures of all shapes and sizes. More…
Nevada’s Cathedral Gorge State Park – Cathedral Gorge is a high desert park in eastern Nevada comprising 1,608 acres of spectacular geological formations — spires and pillars carved by centuries of water running over clay in a Pliocene-era lakebed. Here, abundant birdlife includes hawks, migratory songbirds and hummingbirds, as well the fabled roadrunner. More…
Shutterbug 101: Build Yourself a Planet – One day while playing on Flickr and uploading my own stuff I discovered polar landscapes and Amazing Circles. These look like photographs of miniatures planets or those beautiful blown-glass paperweights. They are regular photos distorted by any imaging software that has a distortion filter called polar coordinate. More…
Canyonlands National Park – Canyonlands National Park , Utah’s second largest national park, is a primitive geological wonderland preserving hundreds of colorful canyons, buttes, fins, arches, spires and hoodoos. The centerpiece of the park are the two great canyons carved through flat layers of sedimentary rock by the Colorado and Green rivers, which meet here in Canyonlands. More…
A Story in Contrasts –Wildflower season is coming into its own in Southern California, and nooks and crannies of desert and chaparral plant communities are beginning to show their flowery finery. Whitewater River Canyon and Whitewater Preserve in Riverside County are not as well known as their more popular cousins, the Anza Borrego Desert or Death Valley, but they share the same sense of desolate beauty. More…
Exploring the Black Agate Hills – The Black Agate Hills is a short range of low rounded hills less than a mile east of the middle part of the Black Hills Range in the Colorado Desert of southeastern California. The otherwise forgettable hills produce some outstandingly beautiful thundereggs in the form of both hollow geodes and solid nodules. More…
The Old Katherine Mine – Katherine’s Landing takes its name from the old Katherine Mine that is located north east of the current Marina. The Katherine Mine lies dead and decaying. All that stands is an odd assortment of concrete pillars, arranged as if in some forgotten graveyard. More…
DesertRoadTrippin’ – Indian Canyons Wildflower Hike @ Palm Springs, CA – The wildflowers have reached their peak in the Palm Springs, CA area. The temperatures have warmed up and the pungent aroma of flowers in bloom fills the desert air. April is the perfect month to hike the desert trails, as the weather is still cool and the blooming wildflowers highlight the desert landscape, creating an artists’ palette. More…
Trip of the Month – Carslbad Caverns National Park was established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef. The park contains 83 separate caves, including the nation’s deepest limestone cave — 1,597 feet — and third longest. Carlsbad Cavern, with one of the world’s largest underground chambers and countless formations. It is also highly accessible, with a variety of tours offered year-round. More…
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|Now Back in Stock!|
|LED Lighted Stand with Glass Sphere
You Get: One LED Light Stand – Diameter = 4 inches, Height = 2 inches. + One Clear Glass Sphere LED Stand comes with a Mirrored Top that slowly spins. Turn on and off separately from Lights. 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 too! Our Price Only: $19.95! Read more!
Agate Lights – Each one is unique! Choose your own! Cut and polished from Brazilian agate and mounted on a non- endangered Brazilian wood base. Available colors range from lustrous blues and purples to pristine whites and even a dramatic magenta tone. Hurry to pick the one you want before it is gone! The light bulb and cord are included. The stones are approximately 6.5" High by 4" Wide. The light is inside the stone. 115 volts. OUR PRICE: $29.95 Read more…
NOW! Free Keychain with Purchase of Any Agate Light!
Beautiful Rose Quartz Lamp, lit from inside, set on a non-endangered Brazilian wood base casts a lovely light in whatever room you place it.
Our price – only $25.95
Find out more!
Amethyst Candle Holder – Decorate your home or office with a beautiful Amethyst Candle Holder. Each candle holder is created from a unique piece of Amethyst, so no two candle holders are exactly alike. The average width of the Amethyst base is 6" to 7 ". This distinctive candle holder contains a center space for a standard tea candle. Each candle holder comes with 1 tea candle included. Our price: only $21.95 Read more…
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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!
Gemstone Hearts & Fiber Optic – only $5.99 each
Size 1.75 inches wide & .75 thin. Makes a great desk decoration, small paper weight or worry stone. Brown Striped Agate, Pink Rose Quartz Hearts, Round Fiber Optic. Let a loved one know you care, give them a heart they can keep!
Sandstone Coasters: New Designs – Thunderbird & Kokopelli
Symbol of a powerful Native American spirit capable of causing storms and bringing communication from the Great Spirt, our Thunderbird design is a beautiful, iconic work of art guaranteed to please lovers of Southwestern design. Kokopelli coasters are also availalble. Kokopelli is the symbol of music making, dancing, fertility and joy, presented here in a graceful arc, bringing peace and beauty to all around. OUR PRICE: $18.95/set Many more designs also available
Last Chance: The Desert Southwest 2010 Calendar!
Grab this classic southwestern calendar at a discounted price! This year’s beautiful photos include Tonto Ruins, Teapot Rock in Sedona, Canyonlands as seen from Shafer Basin, a late afternoon shot of the Superstitions, sunset at Arches National Park, thunderclouds over Pecos Pueblo, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon and many more amazing locations. OUR PRICE: $11.99 Read more
Earthmate GPS PN-40 – $399 Delivered – Save $50 with mail in rebate only with DesertUSA – A dual-core processor for lightning quick map redraws, when panning or zooming; Fast USB 2.0 data transfer to internal memory or SD card in device; Proprietary Kalman filter for enhanced GPS accuracy; Detailed onboard base map with major streets and highways worldwide, plus secondary roads in the U.S. Read more…
Pewter Howling Wolf– Our Price $19.95 – Dramatic Pewter Howling Wolf is mounted on a large piece of Pyrite. The clear stand is attached the bottom of the Pyrite. Makes a lovely addition to any collection. Great depiction of the wild, right in your own home.
Size: 4 inches x 3 Inches
Wolf alone is 2 inches x 1 5/8 Inches
Gold Panning is Easy book and Gold pan set – only 14.95 for both!
You can find Gold….. Believe it!! (DesertUSA did!! We started DesertUSA because of trips to the desert exploring and gold prospecting.)
Anyone can use a pan to recover gold from mountain streams, desert arroyos or wherever it awaits you. Roy Lagal, who has spent a lifetime finding gold, tells just how easy it is. Also, learn how to use metal detectors that can make discovering gold nuggets as easy as finding coins in the park.
|Attention: Gardeners and Plant Enthusiasts!|
|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 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.
Herbal Medicine Trends and Traditions – Our Price: $24.95 – 325 pages of listings of over 100 of the most popular herbal medicinal plant’s specific indication, dosage, and caution. How to wildcraft, dry, store, and process plants. Comprehensive instruction on preparing Teas, Tinctures, Fluidextracts, Ointments, Salves, Liniments, suppositories, Syrups, and many others. Extensive repository with preparation and dosage listings for over 400 additional herbal medicines. Read more…
|Desert Food & Drink|
NEW from Cheri – Pomegranate Syrup!
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.
Toma! Margaritas!: The Original Guide to Margaritas and Tequila – Our Price $15.95 – 107 pages. Here is your passport to margarita fame. Authors Plotkin and Flores bring you 125 of the most delicious, thirst-quenching margaritas ever concocted in on e irresistible collection. Refreshing, delicious and enormously popular, the margarita and its soul-mate tequila have become a cultural phenomenon. Read more…
Pepper Patch Preserves – only $20.95 for one set of four flavors
Contains four 5oz jars of jelly in the following flavors: Green Chile Pepper Jelly: The mild chili flavor achieved by combining several hand-picked peppers yields a wonderful flavor compliment to poultry, meat and fish dishes. Red Chile Pepper Jelly: The medium heat is obtained by using just the right combinations of red sweet pimento peppers and red chilies to enhance any meat, poultry, or pork dish. It is also superb as a dip with cream cheese. Jalapeno Jelly: A combination of red chilies as well as three other types of chili peppers renders a heat level that awakens the taste buds and transforms an ordinary dish into a delectably spicy memory. Habanero Jelly: An eye opener and throat warmer, this hot jelly is for the connoisseur of deliciously hot preserves.
|Great Toys – for Kids & Adults!|
Adorable stuffed animals with sound! All kinds, take a look at our huggable wolf baby, cozy bison, and engaging froggie! Perfect for the kids on your list or grown ups in need of a hug! Many more animals, including howling coyote! Read more
Giant Real-As-Life Dinosaurs, 18 inches long – Marked down from 19.95 all the way to 9.95!
Awesome size and detail bring these long gone reptiles back to life. Dinosaurs roamed the earth for 165 million years in a time called the Mesozoic Era, also known as the age of reptiles. Dinosaurs hatched from eggs. Some dinosaurs were meat-eaters – also called carnivores – and some ate plants – herbivores. Some walked on two legs and some walked on four. Some did both. Dinosaurs mysteriously became extinct around 65 million years ago. Now this wonderfully realistic collection of these giants brings them back to life. Read more
Dinosaur Skeleton – Junior Archaeologist Dinosaur Kit
Most economical and fun toy for the money at only $13.95!
Children now have the chance to dig up their own dinosaur skeletions! Using the wood chisel and brush provided in the kit, the soft clay like material is removed revealing a dinosaur skeleton. Great fun for the kids. 8 different skeletons to choose from: Tyrannosaurus, Deinonychus, Stegosaurus, Stegoceras, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, Seismosaurus, or Dromaeosaurus.
|Give Your Dog the Gift of Mobility|
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.
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Scenic National Parks: Zion & Bryce (Blu-ray) – List Price: $27.99 Our Price: $ 24.99 You Save: $ 3.00 (11%)
In Stock: Ships Next Business Day
Product Details Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen Language: English Region: All Regions Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rating: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Questar DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009 Run Time: 100 minutes
Joshua Tree NP DVD This is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Just $19.95! You will quickly learn where to go and what to see in this great national park. Take virtual hikes and climbs! Cragcam’s Guide to the Park DVD presents Joshua Tree National Park in a whole new way, capturing its magic and allure in a valuable new travel-planning format. An interactive menu breaks park activities into three easy-to-explore sections allowing users to identify and view specific interests for their own adventure filled visit.
Joshua Tree National Park DVD (Scrub Oak Prod) The most comprehensive and in depth documentary ever produced about Joshua Tree National Park. "Years in the making" Our Price: $ 24.95
In Stock: Ships Next Business Day 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.
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.
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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By BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press Writer
Bradley Brooks, Associated Press Writer – Tue Apr 13,
1:40 am ET
RIO DE JANEIRO – A Brazilian rancher accused of
ordering the murder of U.S.
nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang was
found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Jurors in the jungle city of Belem
reached the decision late Monday after 15 hours of deliberations, according to
a statement on the Web site of a Para state
The case was seen as a test of Brazil’s ability to battle the near
absolute impunity that reigns in the largely lawless Amazon region —
whether it be the murder of activists or halting
In the last two decades, more than 1,200 people have been killed
in land conflicts across Brazil, mostly in the
Amazon region, according to the Catholic Land Pastoral, a watchdog group that
tracks rural violence in Latin America’s
Prosecutors said Vitalmiro Moura ordered the 73-year-old Stang’s
killing in 2005 because she blocked him and another rancher from taking over
land the government gave to farmers.
His guilty verdict makes him the only so-called
"mastermind" behind the killing of such activists, landless farmers
and others defending the rights of the poor in the Amazon, to be imprisoned for
the crimes, the Catholic Land Pastoral said.
About 80 of the gunmen who prosecutors say were paid by powerful
ranchers to carry out the slayings are behind bars.
Stang was a Dayton, Ohio,
native who worked for three decades to preserve the rain forest and defend poor settlers’ land rights.
"We’ve waited so long for this verdict," said nun Rebeca Spires, who has worked in Brazil for four decades and knew Stang for 35 years. "This conviction sends a strong
message to the other masterminds that the impunity is ending."
Spires said it was a milestone victory for
environmental and other activist groups in the Amazon. Because there is an
"endless supply" of gunmen available for hire, it will take
convicting the rich ranchers who are behind the killings to end the violence,
Moura was previously convicted of Stang’s murder and then acquitted in an automatic retrial.
That decision was overturned last year on a technicality, however.
Confessed gunman Rayfran das Neves Sales is serving a 28-year sentence for the crime.
Regivaldo Galvao, the
other rancher prosecutors say helped orchestrate Stang’s
murder, is scheduled to face trial at the end of this month.