In The Desert
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Listings for the Southwest
All of the events listed here are events that have already occured in the desert. This will give you a game plan for next year. We're sure you've heard of a lot of these events, but you may not have any idea what they are like or if you'd like to go and take part in them. We'll give you a brief look at the Local Happenings in different areas, counties, and states and you're sure to find one or more that you can look forward to seeing or participating in next year, or the year after. Car shows, air shows, festivals, county fairs, races, poker runs, chili cook offs, off road events, or gem and mineral shows, or just a get away for a change of climate.
Updated 03 / 21 / 17
Listed by Date
March 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2010 Midnight at the Oasis
Cars start showing up 2 weeks before the show at different restaurant, and locations. See our page for more on this. Schedules and photos included. Our complete set of photos (388) are up. Don't miss this if you like hot rods and old classic cars.
February 27th, 2010 Chili Cook Off
This is the 7th annual Chili Cook Off in Quartszite, Arizona. Even if you don't like chili this is a fun time, the chili is a big plus. A lot of different flavors, and usually good live music.
March 6th, 2010 Ocotillo Cactus Festival
A salsa contest in the morning and then a neat festival the rest of the day, near an entrance to Anza Borrego State Park just north of the town of Ocotillo.
March 19 - 21, 2010 National Sand Drags
This year the National Sand Drags are being held in Dome Valley, Arizona near Yuma and Wellton, Arizona. Don't miss this as it's quite the event.
March 20th, 2010 St. Patricks Day Poker Run
This is probably one of the largest poker runs in the West. This was 25th event held in Parker, Arizona this year. Fun way to spend a day, with nice accomodations nearby, or camping.
March 27th, 2010 MCAS Air Show
This is probably one of the bigger Air Shows in the Southwest. This was the 48th annual event held in Yuma, Arizona. Fun way to spend a day, with nice accomodations nearby, or camping.
March 31st, 2010 The Desert in Bloom
This year may be one of the better years for the bloom iin the desert. Three pages of information and listings of areas to find the flowers. See what others are finding!
April 4th, 2010 7.2 Earthquake in the Southwest
A very unsettling event that shook the entire lower Southwest. Not a common event in this area. Hopefully not a yearly event!
April 6th, 2010 Moab Extreme Sports Race Series
We just got some photos and a video of the Moab, Utah Extreme Sports Race sponsored by Solomon. Really looks like a great race and fun, strenuous, and un-forgettable.
Sept. 7th, 2010 Labor Day 2010 - Colorado River
Don't miss the fun on the Colorado River! Great get away!
Nov. 11th, 2010 Balloon Festival
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, held in Yuma, Arizona!
Thanksgiving is the big weekend for the offroaders at the Sand Dunes in California!
Nov. 27th, 2010 Imperial Sand Dunes
It's that time of the year again, it's cooled off and now the 4x4 people are back!
Great event with a lot of different challenges for novice to experienced. Don't miss this!
Feb. 28th, 2011 Winter on the Rocks, St. George, Utah
Have an event or Local Happening you'd like to see covered here. We'd be glad to enter it into this section of the site if you can supply photos and, or videos and a description of the event. It's a great way to get people interested in next years event. Show them what's going on. Where else can you get a preview like this?
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March 5th, 2011 Bald Eagle Rehabilitation and Release
Complete story about a drowned Bald Eagle that was nursed back to life and then released
May 15th, 2011 Golden Eagle Release
Another successful rehabilitation and release of a majestic bird. Thanks to Martin & Susan Tyner of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation.
Flowers, blooming in California and Utah. From March to June. Don't miss this!
June 8th, 2011 Desert Bloom - 2011
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Championship held in Cedar City, Utah!
June 23rd, 2011 Summer Solstice
Celebrated all over the world and in the desert southwest, history and info on the Solstice!
June 1st - 26th, 2011 Summer Games
Every kind of competition imaginable Sure to be something you'll like!
Dec. 11th, 2010 Off roading in Yuma, Arizona
Over 25 groups perform at the Groove Fest over a 5 day period. Like music, this is for you!
June 22nd - 26th, 2011 Groove Fest
Big car show and street fair in Cedar City, Utah, video included!
July 8th - 9th, 2011 July Jamboree
Proceeds from this event to help the poor and underprivileged people in Southwest Utah!
Sept. 9th - 10th, 2011 Great American Stampede
10th annual parade and rodeo held in Cedar City, Utah!
Oct. 28th - 29th, 2011 Livestock & Heritage Festival
6th annual Festival in Cedar City, Utah! 1,000 sheep run through town, and more.
May 16th, 2012 Desert Bloom 2012
Is this really the slow year they say it is? Take a look at a couple of areas in the desert
May 24th, 2012 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse
We've presented 3 different ways to view the Annular Solar Eclipse, photos and 2 completely different time lapse videos.
Cedar City and all of Utah is just crazy about fireworks. You won't find anyplace in the desert southwest with better displays. Take a look at this years event.
July 4th, 2012 Fireworks
The next event like this is in 2117 so if you missed this one, take a look at the photograph and information presented here.
June 5th, 2012 Venus Transits the Sun
Oct. 9th, 2012 Fall Colors
If you have a camera then this is a great time to use it. If you don't then go anyway -- amazing.
Dec. 11th, 2012 Geminids
Every year they get better, this year is no exception, see where and when after the link.
April 13th, 2013 Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest
Take a trip to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park with Dave Taylor and visit the longest running festival of it's kind.
June 25th, 2013 Summer Vacation
So it's summer in the desert and it's getting really hot. What do you do? Get out of Dodge, what else? Time to head for the hills? Here's a few suggestions.
October 2nd., 2013 Parks Shut Down
We don't often see this happen, but here it is. And the reasons for this? Continue after the link then show your outrage. This will affect a lot of people!
Traveling out of the lower desert and seeing the great fall colors is also an excuse to see some of the nice scenery we can find in the desert southwest. See what we found.
October 3rd., 2013 Fall Colors 2013
August 30th, 2011 Sand Drags
June 18th, 2011 PRCA Rodeo
Winter, 2013/2014 Algodones Sand Dunes
Algodones / Imperial Sand Dunes, at Gray's Well and at the north end - Glamis. Take a trip with us and see what you might be missing this winter.
April, 14th & 15th/2014 Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon
One of the hardest events in the sky to photograph. See how we did and see what a Blood Moon in the desert looks like.
May, 9th/2014 Desert Bloom for Spring of 2014
See what our readers found in the desert. Their photographic skills are great.
May, 23rd/2014 Memorial Day - 2014
Dixie 4Wheel Drive in St. George, Utah held a BBQ and open house with several trail rides. If you have a Jeep this is great place to have it worked on. Maintenance and upgrades!
May 31st./2014 Cedar City Grand Prix
Come join us for the first S.N.O.R.E. Grand Prix Race at 3 Peaks Receational Area for a great off-road race and see what you can look forward to next year.
Don't miss our Current Events Page for upcomig events in the desert.
This was a great cause to help disabled veterans sponsored by the Yuma 4X4 Club in Yuma, Arizona. Photos and videos of the 2 runs. More details after the link.
January 10th./2015 4 WHEEL TO HEAL Run
January 23rd, 24th, 2015 Winter 4x4 Jamboree
This is a premiere event held in St. George & Hurricane, Utah to promote open land use for OHV vehicles in the Sand Hollow area. Videos, slideshow and info after the link above.
February 6th, 7th, 2015 King of the Hammers
The biggest off-road race in the desert Southwest. Over 50,000 spectators. 5 different classes racing in the sand and rock crawling. Competitors from all over the USA. Videos - Slideshow.
Feb. 28th - March 2nd, 2015 Tierra Del Sol
The 53rd annual gathering of off roaders from all over in the desert southwest. Sponsored by Tierra Del Sol, a club from San Diego, California.
March 17th, 2015 Spring Bloom 2015
Our resident wildflower photographer found some really nice blooms in the desert in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Jon Larson shows us some of the highlights of this years bloom in the southern desert.
This is a local happening that should make all off roaders proud! Several groups wtih the assistance of the BLM have cleaned up a large are in the desert just south of St. George, Utah partially in the Arizona Strip. Get your group involved in a "Cleanup".
December 5th, 2015 Black Rock Cleanup
This is a premier off road event that is open to all off roaders no matter what brand of off road vehicle you own. This is their 50th. year holding this event in Moab, Utah. It is run by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. located in Moab. See some of the highlights from this years event.
March 19th, 2016 Easter Jeep Safari
April 7th, 2016 Snowbird Road Trip
Snowbird ALERT! Wondering what to do? Where to go? How about a road trip over to Mesa, Arizona to take a sightseeing tour on a boat in Canyon Lake? Quick stop at Tortilla Flats. Great scenery, history and photos of local wildlife, presented by Bud Sanders.
Where is the best location and the best time to view the ISS in the desert southwest? How will you know what it looks like? Time Lapse and links provided to follow its movement through the sky. There's a lot to photograph in the night sky - here's one you may not have thought of.
August 15th, 2016 International Space Station
Sept. 26 - 28th. 2016 Fall Colors
Colorado and Utah. Utah's featured trip includes 3 separate daytrips with a lot of interesting info and history added by Bud Sanders of the St. George Jeepers. Don't miss this next year!
March 21th, 2017 Spring Bloom 2017
Photos supplied by our viewers of a great desert wildflower bloom this year! This is an exceptional year for our spring bloom. See what's happening in the desert in Southern California.