In the Desert
“[The roadrunner] averages about 20 inches in length and 19 inches in wingspan, though it rarely flies, preferring to run at speeds as fast as 18 miles per hour. It can survive without drinking water, as long as it consumes prey with high water content.” more info
“Adult Gila monsters range from 12 to 24 inches in length. The Gila monster is one of only two venomous lizards in the world. Aside from small mammals, lizards and birds, it also preys on insects, reptile and bird eggs, earthworms and carrion.” more info
“Piñon pine occurs at altitudes above 3,500 feet. Used as a food source, piñons bear small seeds containing sweet, oily nuts. High in protein, piñon seeds can be processed into nut butter, made into porridge and baked to produce a form of flour.” more info
"Yucca is the genus comprising more than 40 different evergreen plants in the agave family, characterized by narrow, pointed leaves." more info
Never go to the desert alone and when you do go, make sure you’re prepared.
Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin, and a hat to protect your face.
Be sure to wear sunscreen, and carry water with you!
Remember to enjoy the outdoors responsibly! When you follow Leave No Trace principles, you ensure that everything is just as beautiful for the next person – and the next generation!