What’s a Coyote?

Living in or near an arid climate may bring to mind images of exhaustion, sacrifice and a general lack of luxury, however, making the desert a home is actually a smart, savvy and comfortable life choice for many desert dwellers both in America and beyond.  With cities like Pheonix, Satellite TV in California, Arizona flourishing as a business and residential hotbed and Las Vegas entertaining tourists from across the globe, the desert seems less and less deserted every passing year.  More so than any environmentally dependent variable, a general sense of isolation and disregard helps contribute to the “happens here stays here” attitude associated with Vegas, stemming from its desert locale and common connotation that the rules go out the window when surrounded by sparsely populated area, even in an era in which news quickly permeates the furthest regions of the earth, Perhaps one convenience of desert living that turns many visitors into settlers is the lack of winter weather.  Not to say it never gets cold in the desert, as the temperature is bipolar from daytime to overnight, but due to a general lack of rain and precipitation blizzards, snow storms and ice storms that so often plague Midwestern and Northeastern towns are no inconvenience what so ever in an arid climate. Desert living is also conducive to a more relaxed, laidback culture than the hustle and bustle of most major cities.  Though deserts may be home to metropolitan areas, such cities are generally more balanced and slower-paced than similar sized coastal contemporaries.  Desert culture is also often unique to region, at least in North America.  From art to architecture, remnants of civilizations past often play heavily into the aesthetic landscape.  Native American and old Hispanic artifacts and stylings are often incorporated into newer designs, creating a charming oasis of buildings and civilization. With advancements in technology and irrigation, desert living is easier than ever.  Not to say it doesn’t require frugal use of water as compared to other parts of the country, however, there is no danger of thirsting to death on trip downtown, no vultures will circle your car as you head to and from work or school and yes, there are jails, but outlaws are more lore than present danger.  Consider checking out one of the Chihuahua Desert’s great local cities if you are considering vacation or relocation, and enjoy bright, sunshiny days as the rest of the world suffers in gloom.

Both Sides of the Border Fence Debate

When it comes to the fence at the border of the United States and Mexico, a lot of people have strong opinions on one side or the other. Some people are against having a fence and strict laws about people migrating to the United States because they have loved ones who are from the other side of the border or because they see the United States as a place where people should be able to come in order to seek better opportunities. Others feel strongly that there is no place in the United States for illegal aliens. Keep Reading →

Chihuahuan Desert in US History

Pancho Villa was almost completely uneducated and had no conception whatever of the size, wealth or power of the United States. He honestly felt that the Chihuahuan Desert was his to control in 1915, and in many ways he was right. A hero of the revolution up to that point, he had a reversal in his fortunes and began to lose important battles and prestige.

On the morning of March 9, 1916, the residents of Columbus, New Mexico came under attack by Francisco “Pancho” Villa. This was to punish the United States for supporting a different general, Keep Reading →

Chihuahuan Desert FAQs

Chihuahuan Desert, which is partly in New Mexico and Arizona, is the largest desert in the United States. It is spread over a vast area – over 200, 000 square miles. This desert is one of the most ecologically diverse deserts in the world.

This desert is extremely unique, as it has not been influenced by other deserts and arid regions due to the presence of the Sierra Madres mountain ranges, which block moisture from the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico from reaching the desert. As a result, Chihuahuan Desert has many endemic animal and Keep Reading →

Chihuahuan Desert Research Projects

The Chihuahuan Desert is an area that has been preserved allowing researchers to study the geologic history and life that has managed to survive naturally in the region. The region is massive and is larger than the state of California. It encompasses parts of northern Mexico, New Mexico and the southern area of Texas.

The Chihuahuan Desert is included in the biosphere program, which was created in the late 1960s. Concerned scientists from all over the world decided to protect certain habitats in their natural Keep Reading →

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center was established in 1978 by the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, a nonprofit organization. It is located at the foot of the Davis Mountains, near Fort Davis, TX. The center’s purpose is to educate their visitors about the diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert and allow them to experience nature in its serenity.

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center offers educational opportunities for both children and adults throughout the year. It boasts a twenty acre botanical gardens that showcases 165 species of trees and plants native to the area. The garden is arranged into four different groups: Keep Reading →

What’s the Desert Like at Night?

We’ve all at least seen a movie or a picture of a desert that has given us a great idea of what a desert looks like, but not all of us have actually experienced a desert. The desert can be a dangerous place, but it is a truly stunning place as well. With the right know-how and proper equipment and clothing, one could spend a night or two in the desert.

One well known characteristic of a desert Keep Reading →

Stranded in the Desert Tips

Most visitors to the Chihuahua Desert will enjoy their journey problem free, whether the region serves as your final destination or just an avenue to further travels. Still, just in case, if you find yourself broken down on the side of the road with absolutely no, much less a clear wireless internet service signal or cell phone service signal in the vicinity, it’s best not to panic.If you are stuck in a visible roadside area, do not leave your vehicle unattended Your vehicle will not only provide some shelter from the elements (particularly if heating and cooling is still working), staying put will ultimately reward you for your patience. It may seem as if traffic is sparse at times but a passerby is more likely to stop for assistance in the event a car is present as opposed to just a street-sidling wanderer. If for no other reason, you are more likely to be seen standing next to a sizeable automobile than on foot. It will also provide additional security for any personal possessions or valuable items inside your car which you are unable to take with you.If you do opt to leave your car, whether for safety concerns or as means of seeking help, at least leave a note This will help any emergency help to locate you if need be, not to mention help alleviate the fears of any parties you may be traveling with. With no contact to the surrounding world at this point, aside from your physical person, it’s important to do everything in your power to leave a trail, however, leaving a trail of food or trash items you might have on hand for your trip could help to attract unwanted animal visitors. Keep Reading →

Chihuahuan Desert Heats Up the Big Screen

Of the many lines the recent Hollywood blockbuster Due Date left etched in the minds of audiences, granted some against one’s will, perhaps none was more perfectly delivered than the dialogue that ensued as Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifinakis’ Los Angeles-bound car slowed to a roll in traffic-”This looks like a border crossing, it says Mexico”-”I thought it said Texaco, we’re low on gas.”Set against the backdrop of the Chihuahuan Desert, this was only one of many scenes filmed in the area, taking advantage of one of the most desolate locales in the United States to provide a scenic and appropriate setting to convey the sense of desperation and lengths an expecting new father will travel in order to be present for the birth of his child. Shutting down a stretch of highway 70, in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, region, filmmakers took advantage not only of a unique natural blessing but of tax cuts for filming in the state of New Mexico, designed to bring more business in from would-be Hollywood sets. As a result, the Chihuahuan Desert has raised its profile by association, an increasingly popular locale for any movie calling for heat-stricken or sandy stage (of which there are many). Keep Reading →

Roswell, NM: A Town of Unknown Population

Settled in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert’s northwestern region lies a sleepy town turned military base with one of the most unique pop culture profiles of any community its size. Roswell, New Mexico is known the world over not because of the particular achievements of any of its 45,000 known residents, but rather a few speculated residents who may or may not have crash landed one night in 1947, only to be swept under the rug and denied by United States government’s controlling interests. Actually the closest population cluster to the reported crash site was Corona, New Mexico, though the Roswell Army Air Field handled the local investigation of the debris, thus forever linking the town of Roswell with the mysterious occurrence. The Roswell UFO Incident is a subject of distrust and rampant speculation by citizens towards the deceitful intentions and questionable transparency of the federal government. Though such a lack of faith may have been out of character in 1947, when the UFOs allegedly touched down, by the time books on the subject first appeared on shelves in 1980, Vietnam, Watergate, and a host of other issues had already disillusioned many Americans with regards to the top to bottom trustworthiness of government controlled entities. Keep Reading →