Quitobaquito — Photos of a Desert Oasis

A place of abundance

Quitobaquito, desert oasis

(Image credit: NPS)

Our natural world is full of remarkable places, exceptional not only for their beauty but their very existence. Quitobaquito Springs could certainly be added to that special place list. Here, in some of the most arid lands found anywhere in North America, this flowing spring and resulting pond have allowed both humans and non-arid plants and animals to live and thrive for thousands of years.

For now, the ecosystem of Quitobaquito Springs is stable and under the protection of the National Parks Service, but such a unique place will require constant monitoring to assure its survival into the future.

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