In the Desert

Fun Facts

- “There are a number of different definitions to describe a desert but they are typically areas that receive extremely low amounts of rain.” more info
- “Around one third of the Earth's surface is covered in deserts.” more info
- “Only around 20% of the deserts on Earth are covered in sand.” more info
- “Despite the extreme conditions, deserts are home to a range of well suited plant life including various shrubs and cacti. They are also home to animals such as lizards and coyote.” more info
- “The video game Mario Kart 64 features a track called 'Kalimari Desert', a reference to the Kalahari Desert found in Southern Africa.” more info

Cool Creatures

“[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

Gila MonsterGila Monster
“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

Interesting Plants

Piñon PinePiñon Pine
“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

Yuva New MexicoYucca
"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!
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