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Trona Pinnacles -- 02/02/18  - A new view of this popular geologic oddity.
Yant Flat --  11/20/17   Utah Wandering takes us on a scenic hike.

Weather in the desert

   Wonder what the weather is like in the Grand Canyon right now, or maybe in Denver, Albuquerque,  Tuscon, Yuma, or a dozen other places in the Southwest. Here's a great map with weather monitors in the desert Southwest. The best way to check the weather in the desert Southwest.


   Dave Taylor is the chief contributor and writer for the site. Dave's stories have always intrigued me, made me laugh, and made me feel like I was right there in the story myself. He's very talented and you really shouldn't miss this section. Five stories now available!
   Dave Taylor has been writing since he was ten, and occasionally selling articles, short stories and at least one book, dating back to the 1980’s. For the last twenty years people have been telling him he should write for a living. Sadly, at 53, it doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Read More.
Writers Cafe    Sit back and relax -- every story is an adventure!
YouTube --  12/20/17   Desert channels you'll find iteresting and fun to visit.
The Demon of West Texas, a new E-book by Author Dave Taylor.

Life in the Desert

   Ever wonder just exactly where the Sonoran Desert is or maybe the Great Basin Desert or the Mojave, or the Chihuahuan Desert is located? Other things you'll want to know about the desert can be found here also. If your visiting the desert then you should look here first..
Featured Photograper -- 03/03/18   New photographer for 2017, Chet Steele.
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The Jack and Martha Wilbanks story. A real story of survival in the desert southwest!.

Grand Canyon -- 11/11/17 New trip added w/ St. George Jeepers to Toroweap Overlook.


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Finding your way  --  12/09/17    Help using topo maps and more.
Rodents --    09/19/17    Two new rodents added - Chipmunks.
Winter 2017 -- 11/08/17   Getting down to the desert and a warmer climate.
Babylon Arch -- 11/28/17   Utah Wandering just shared a "hike video" to the arch.
Yankee Meadows --    10/02/17   Another look at the Brian Head fire and the damage.
Fluorescence -- 02/12/18   UV lights for fluorescence rocks and minerals.
Grand Gulch Mine  --    02/27/18   Another "middle of nowhere" in the Arizona Strip.

Fishing, Crayfishing

Largemouth Bass Fishing --   Best fishing in the desert!

   You probably don't know how much fun this can be! And we've got a lot of good tips to make your next trip a real success. Catch the lunkers the easy way - have fun doing it!
Goat Canyon  --   01/31/18   Trestle is an engineering marvel almost 100 yrs. old.
Mammals in the desert --    01/26/18    What is a Coatimundi? Very unusual animal.


Scenic Trips and History --   Great way to see the desert!

   We'll start off with some of the history and what you might find while traveling in the desert. Interesting sights can be found, a lot more than we've published here. And, of even greater interest, trips in the desert southwest by rail line. Long trips, short trips, with videos, maps.


   You're always finding rocks in the desert and wondering what they are. Some are really colorful. And what about Volcanoes, Sand Dunes, Aluvial Fans, Desert Varnish, Malpais and Rocks and Mnerals. Are any of these of interest to you? This new section will have something a traveler in the desert should find interesting. NEW section on Fluorescense of rocks & minerals!
Redstone Picnic Area  --    03/08/18   Trailhead just east of Las Vegas, nice easy hike.

Vandalism, Secret Locations

Secret Locations --   How does this affect you?

   You can leave a comment on this topic and see how others feel about keeping some of the roads, mines, petroglyphs, and other areas in the desert a "Secret". Here's your chance to have your say.

Vandalism in the desert --   How does this affect you?

Wild Horses

   Remember the old western movies with wild horses roaming in the desert? Are they still there? For how long? There's a raging debate about this "Symbol of the Old West". BLM is capturing and removing them, and other groups want this to stop. Is this about the almighty buck or is this for the good of the Mustangs? Make up your own mind. Read more after the link....
   Listings for 18 of the best Ghost Towns in the desert southwest. Some are small, some are really big sites. Some are private (phone numbers listed for entrance) most are on public land. You don't want to miss these if you like seeing how people survived in the desert long ago.

Ghost Towns

   Navigating by plane back in the early 1900's was nothing like today. See what we found in Southern Utah. Locations, maps, GPX tracks and video/photos.

Navigation Arrows

Winter 4x4 Jamboree  --   01/22/18   Great, fun event for a good cause, must see.

Waterglyphs, Petroglyphs

   Have you ever seen one? Do you know what they mean? Have you ever heard of them? How many of them are out in the desert? Where can they be found? More mystery than answers.
Lost Spring Mesa --    11/15/17   Second exploration, and a new find.
Moab, Utah --    10/27/17   3 Trips by the St. George Jeepers in scenic Moab, Utah.

Crayfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs --   Different way to fish!

   Have you ever thought about fishing for Crayfish in the desert? We have and had a lot of luck and some good eating afterwards. Join us and the team at "Crayster" to see what's new and how to.

4X4 Maintenance

   Here's a few things you may not know about maintaining your off road vehicle. Included in this article: Oil Changes, Replacing Tires, Replacing Brakes, Battery Maintenance and Air Filters. You will find things you did not know. See the link above --

Death Valley -- 01/19/18   Corona Mine, Jail Canyon & Ballarat, Old Gold Mine.

YouTube Channels

   Here's a few YouTube channels you'll want to visit. Mine exploration, Geology/finding gold and other interesting topics concerning things to do in the desert.