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DesertUSA is a guide to the American Southwest. Our stories feature topics ranging from rockhounding and boating to desert parks and unique points of interest.  DesertUSA’s content includes in depth information about the natural history of the desert regions of the United States.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

2022 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

Tucson, Arizona

This January and February, mobs of rockhounders, gem dealers, paleontologists, Native Americans, geologists and the just plain curious will converge on Tucson, Arizona for the annual 2022 Tucson Gem Shows and Associated Events. During the Winter 2022 Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil event, over 47 different independently owned and operated shows will be held during the month, with over 3,000 exhibitors citywide.  Read more…

Saguaro Blooms

The Sonoran Desert

Home of the Saguaro

The Sonoran Desert is an arid region covering approximately 100,000 square miles in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California, as well as most of Baja California and the western half of the state of Sonora, Mexico. Subdivisions of this hot, dry region include the Colorado and Yuma deserts. Irrigation has produced many fertile agricultural areas, including the Coachella and Imperial valleys of California. Warm winters attract tourists to Sonora Desert resorts in Palm Springs, California, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Read more…

Collecting Tube Agate at Clapp Spring

Collecting Tube Agate at Clapp Spring

Palo Verde Mountains, CA

Clapp Spring is a permanent source of water set in a small oasis of fan palms and mesquite located in some low hills on the northeast flank of the Palo Verde Mountains. It lies approximately nine miles from the community of Palo Verde, California, and perhaps 10 miles west of the Colorado River, the eastern edge of the Colorado Desert. Overlooked on the south by some caves once used by Indians and set at the center of a web of converging animal trails, it is a captivating place. Read more …

Przewalski's horse

Przewalski’s horse

(Equus ferus przewalskii)

Przewalski’s horse — pronounced “sheh-val-skee’s,” according to the Smithsonian National Zoo — is the last of the world’s truly wild horses, a designation it earned by always resisting any attempt at training. During the last Ice Age, Przewalski’s horse ranged over grassy plains that extended from Asia’s eastern coast westward across Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, at elevations as high as 8000 feet. Perhaps it is Przewalski’s horse that is depicted in the images painted by Palaeolithic peoples tens of thousands of years ago on the walls of caves in France and Spain. Read more…


Fun for Kids!

If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with your kids, check out our “Break-at-Home” geode kits. This hands on rockhounding experience is a great way for kids to learn about geology, how geodes are formed and to experience the excitement of discovery when they break one open.  Learn more about “Break-at-Home” geodes.

Mojave Road Guide

An adventure through time. Explore the route used by pioneers on their way to California. The Mojave Road lets your SUV act as a time machine, guiding you on a trail that stretches for 138 miles through country virtually unchanged since prehistoric times.  Learn more about the Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier.

Drizzle DesertUSA’s Hot Honey on fried chicken, wings, cheese, pizza, ice cream and more.  Visit our HOT HONEY Recipe page for ideas on how to spice up your appetizers and beverages. Check out our Hot Honey Toddy, Spicy Margarita and Spicy Paloma recipes.  Click here to view DesertUSA’s HOT HONEY RECIPES.