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Joshua Tree Forest Mt Charleston Las Vegas Nevada

Joshua Tree Forest Mt Charleston Las Vegas Nevada

The slow-growing Joshua tree, which graces much of the Mohave desert ecosystem, is probably the most famous resident of the Mt Charleston area. Named by Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-1800s, the tree’s unusual shape reminded them of the Bible story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky […]

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Wild Burros Mile West Mine Trail Arizona

Wild Burros Mile West Mine Trail Arizona

Burros — Originally from Africa (where they were called the wild ass) these pack animals were prized for their hardiness in arid country. They are sure-footed, can locate food in barren terrain and can carry heavy burdens for days through hot, dry environments. There are tens of thousands of free-roaming wild burros throughout the deserts […]

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Arizona Wild Burros

Arizona Wild Burros

The wild burro was first introduced into the Desert Southwest by Spaniards in the 1500s. Wild burros have long ears, a short mane and reach a height of up to 5 feet at the shoulders. They vary in color from black to brown to gray. Originally from Africa (where they were called the wild ass) […]

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Saguaro Garden ATV Trail

Saguaro Garden ATV Trail

A lush garden-like forest of Saguaro near Yucca, Arizona. The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) is one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. These plants are large, tree-like columnar cacti that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. These arms generally bend upward and can number over 25. Saguaros […]

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