The American pika may look more closely related to a hamster or a guinea pig instead of their rabbit/hare cousins.
The western diamondback rattlesnake is the largest of the 32 known species of rattlesnakes found in North America. Here's how you can tell it's the western diamondback.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is one of the geological paradises of the Colorado Plateau and well worth consideration for a visit.
This national park in Utah is home to three of the most spectacular natural bridges created by rushing water and jittery tectonic plates.
One of the best preserved and well known Sinagua ruins is Montezuma Castle National Monument, an impressive 20-room pueblo built into a white limestone cliff.
The 28 species of bats that make their colonies in Arizona all belong to the Microchiroptera sub-order.
This cutie pie may be wild but the ringtail cat sometimes acts like Fluffy. It will lick its forepaw, then use that forepaw to wipe and clean its ears, face and snout.
These modern-day monsters are a major part of the legend, lore and symbols of the American Wild West.
It is not the widest nor longest nor deepest canyon in the world, but the Grand Canyon of northern Arizona is certainly one of the most impressive and most visited natural wonders found on the planet
The Desert Smoketree is a ghostly looking resident of the southwest deserts of North America that often looks more dead than alive.
Surely one of the more unique species of mammal found across the western regions of North America is the black-tailed jackrabbit.
There is no animal across the Americas that has been given more names than the hemisphere's dominant hunting cat often known as the mountain lion. Here's a look at the evasive predator.
The fruits of the cardon and saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert are an amazing story of interdependence and survival. Here's a look at the gorgeous blooms of two giant cacti.
Wildflowers, shrubs, indigenous trees and cacti all bloom during this season, turning the brown desert landscape of the Sonoran Desert into a kaleidoscope of color.
From the seven-spotted ladybug to clown beetles, the deserts are full of amazing insects with their own quirky features and lifestyles.
Spring has once again returned to the deserts of North America and with her return, so too has the amazing colorful blooms of desert wildflowers and cacti.
The American West has long been as much of an idea and a dream as an actual place. And one of its stars is surely the turkey vulture. Here's a look at the majestic birds in all their glory.
Fred Harvey employed a group of young women who became known as the Harvey Girls to provide service for those train travelers expanding into the American West.
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