In the Desert
Content including photographs are Copyright © 2015 - Present - Don & Linda Gilmore
What to look for
Minersville, Utah -- 09/10/19 - A Mt. pass, 2 gold mines, Hot Springs Canyon.
Virus Update -- 06/24/20 3 trips, our first since this virus slowed us down!
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. NEW multiple featured map included.
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!
Gunlock -- 04/01/19 Off-road trip around the western edge of Gunlock State Park.
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..
Sedona, Arizona -- 12/13/19 JK Southwest takes us to Sedona, Arizona - Off road.
The Jack and Martha Wilbanks story. A real story of survival in the desert southwest!.
Rodents -- 06/23/20 -- Packrat was just added to our rodent listings, photo included!
Wind Farms -- 02/17/19 How big are these wind turbines, take a look, we did.
Sidewinder Canyon -- 10/12/19 Death Valley's scenic slot canyons, Hiking trip!
Lost Cabin -- 12/05/18 A cabin in a rock, More finds in the Mineral Mnts, Must see!
Hamblin Cemetery -- 03/08/20 Another exploration to find the Hamblin Cemetery/Historic Site.
Sears Point Petroglyphs -- 01/16/20 One of the largest sites in southern Arizona.
Bitter Springs -- 01/29/19 Mesquite, Lake Mead, Buffington Pockets, middle of nowhere!
Cabin Canyon Trail -- 10/25/19 Neat trip with a video - off road south of Mesquite, Nev.
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!
Mojave Salt Tram -- 07/18/19 And more, Cerro Gordo, Burgess Mine/Cabin, Keeler.
YouTube Channels -- 02/23/20 2 more new channels just added.
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. UPDATED section on Fluorescense of rocks & minerals!
Antelope Road, Beryl -- 02/02/20 A daytrip to some places seldom seen! Table Butte.
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?
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.
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.
Off-road Commode -- 11/16/19 Did you ever need one, you betcha! Here they are.
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.
Location Markers Part 2 added.
Aliens & UFO's -- 06/17/19 It is easy to be fooled, here's a perfect example, we were fooled!
7 Mile Rim Trail-Moab -- 05/11/19 Want to see what Moab off-roading is like?
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.
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 --
Valentine's Day Run -- 02/15/20 More coming to this trip! See what we saw so far.
We now have 13 YouTube channels you'll want to visit. We've just added 2 NEW channels so you can experience a greater insight into the beauty of the Desert Southwest
Solar Farms, Wind Farms
Solar Farms and Wind Farms, are they good for our eco-system? Are they worth taking a closer look? We thought so, take a trip with us, you'll be glad you did!
A new UFO sighting in Southern Utah that we filmed on 6/14/19! Is it a hoax? Or just a case of miss-identifying a light? See for yourself. The original UFO film from Beaver, Utah.
Bass Fishing Southern Utah -- 2019, a good year?
Here's a quick look at the beginning of the fishing season for bass in southern Utah for 2019