In the Desert

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In the Desert!

   Day Trips in the desert. Trips to 5 states in the desert Southwest and trips to Mexico. Google maps and Garmin GPS topo tracks included for most trips. New trips being added all the time!.
    Map your trip if you plan to travel in the desert. The best sources for the latest maps and info. to be found anywhere. We're always updating this section of the site. Want a map for your next trip? Here it is.
    Plants Animals Birds - extensive lists including trees, cactus, flowers, snakes, lizards, rodents, and insects in the desert. Large list of birds found in the desert. Scientific names included for all species of animals found here. New species being listed all the time.
    Desert Photography will play an important role in your enjoyment and memories. Many diversified topics to chose from. Want to learn the basics of photography - learn to get the most out of your camera?  Software reviews included..
    Safety in the desert is a real concern. Items you need to take to survive, plus what to be aware of. Real life stories of what can happen. Dehydration and drowning are real threats.
   Gold is where you find it! Everyone wants to find that lost Spanish treasure in the desert! Did you know that a lot of prospectors are still finding gold in the desert. Treasure tales --
Local Happenings  Car Shows, Air Shows, Festivals, Races, Poker Runs, and more!
Events  -- Events in the desert to keep you up to date with the latest events that are happening all the time in the desert! Updated continually by Linda Gilmore.
   Life in the Desert -- What is the desert really like? Where is the desert Southwest? What about water in the desert, and more.New Map.
   Weather Page will give you a different view of the weather conditions all over the Southwest. See what to expect before you leave home. New map layout for the Southwest.
   City Profiles   Statistics for all the major cities and towns in the desert Southwest in 5 states. Locations of hospitals, gas stations, and motels, plus more on the inter-active Maps.

   Events     Weather     Writer's Cafe     City Profiles     Life in the Desert      Local Happenings

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Desert Photography

Plants, Animals, Birds



Day Trips in the Desert

Safety in the Desert

Gold & Treasure

First Aid Kit
Off-road Travel
    Soldier's Gold is a true story that is relatively unknown. This section of the stie has been updated to include new maps and information. The search for this treasure is still on going.

220 Bars of Gold

1895 Winchester Rifles

    1895 Winchester Rifles are hidden in a cave on the Eastern side of the Tinajas Altas Mountains. Crates of them worth a fortune? You bet. Why haven't they been found? Read this article, maybe you'll be the one to find them.


City Profiles

Find the latest here!

Life in the Desert

Home                   Animals                   Desert Map                     Photography                What's New?

   Events     Weather     Writer's Cafe     City Profiles     Life in the Desert      Local Happenings

   PlantsAnimals / Birds  -  Animals includes; Mammals / Snakes / Tortoise / Lizards / Rodents and Insects. If you find one of these in the desert and you need an ID.  Just click the START HERE link. on the pages linked above.

Photo and Video Software

    Corel Software  - AfterShot Pro 2, PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate, and VideoStudio Ultimate X7 are the 3 new reviews we just completed for the site. Interesting new features highlighted. Don't miss these reviews. 
    Greatest Underground River - A lot of evidence points to this being a true Argosy tale. But is it? Study the evidence and decide for yourself.

Underground Rivers


    Events Page  --  All updated monthly. See whats going on in your neck of the desert! The best list of events you'll find anywhere on the web!


Ancient Giants

    Giants  -  In the desert southwest. Is there any truth to the tales and folklore that surround these amazing stories?Join us on our research journey to find out more ---
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Winter 4x4 Jamboree

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The Desert has a lot to offer!

What's New  here at in-the-desert. We're always adding and updating the site with news, articles, and information!  
              "This should be your first stop"
   New topo maps - Now you can have the topography detail of USGS maps on your computer and GPS unit. Best part, they're free. We've outlined the differences and provided links to the site.   6 maps are now available. You really shouldn't miss this .

Garmin Topo Maps

   Video - Almost all the new digital cameras have video capability. Most also have HD capability. How many have you watched? Are they interesting, or could they be improved? Jerky, zooming to much, or panning too fast? Need good software? Tips to help! 

Making a Video

   Map Symbols - Ever wonder what some of them meant? Examples, graphics and explanations. This just made map reading a lot easier.

Map Symbols

   Canyon - Just north of Parowan the trail starts and goes thru Dixie National Forest and over 2 mountain ranges to Panguitch Lake on Rt. 143.


   Snakes - Thanks to several of our readers we've added more snakes and will continue to do so. Don't miss this.

Venomous Snakes

   Colorado City - Take a trip with us from the Arizona Strip and the area behind Colorado City over into Utah and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, then on to Zion and the long tunnel on Zion Park Blvd. through the mountain.

Colorado City

Road Signs

    Road Signs  --  We've added 2 new road signs on Page 1 & 2. the one was sent to us by a regular on the site. Now if you have any to share? The weirder the better, or maybe just unusual.

You came to the right place --
now see where you're going next!

Airing Down

   Air Down - Do not miss this. This will help give you a comfortable ride on those terrible wash board gravel roads. And it gives you more traction too. Is this necessary? Do you need this? More......


   Ghost Town - A very large ghost town in Nevada near the town of Caliente. History, maps and a slideshow/videos of the trip are included. Don't miss this.

Lizard, Tortoise

   Lizard - Tortoise - NEW enlargements for better ID's, more detail. Lizards have new pages added with more info on Iguanas and Chuckwalla lizards.

Cougar Pass

   Off-road Event - a premiere off-road event in St. George, Utah. Photos, video.


   New Section - 7 new sub-sections on the different aspects of geology in the desert. Information, photos and videos. See what might interest you.


  Insects  - New insect listed, You've probably never seen one, but the Rhino Beetle is the largest bug in North America. Thanks to Jc Amberlyn we have a photo of one she spotted in Prescott, AZ. Good catch Jc! More just added.
Scenic Trip  - A really nice, very scenic trip from Enterprise to St. George Utah. Through the mountains to the desert. Photos, videos, and map included.

Black Rock Trip

   Arizona Strip - is where this trip takes place. Off-road bypass from St. George, Utah to Mesquite, Nevada. Many different sites along the way. Photo/videos includ.

4 Wheel to Heal

   Yuma 4X4 - sponsored a great cause to help disabled veterans by doing a neat off-road adventure, selling raffle tickets and more. See how this worked out.


   Birds - 10 new listings just added, raptors, common birds and waterfowl. Courtesy of Paula Kerr.


   Snakes - 11 new photos added and 8 new species added with enlargements. Thanks to Martin Feldner and Bryan D. Hughes for the additions.
   Chipmunk - Thanks to one of our regular visitors, Gail, we now have a new rodent listing, Other new llistings are also available now..


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Desert Safari

   Off Road Event - Sponsored by Tierra Del Sol and held in Southern California. The club is based in San Diego, Ca. Event is held in the desert in southern Ca.

Desert Mammals

   Mammals - New species added with videos and enlargements. Javalina, Foxes, Mule Deer, Wild Horses, more.
Desert Slideshow

Spring Bloom

   Desert Wildflowers - photographed by our resident desert photographer Jon Larson. Photos taken in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

King of the Hammers

   Off-road Race - Hammertown is in Johnson Valley is southern California. Biggest race in the desert Southwest.