Tag Archive | Desert Adaptations

Bighorn Sheep

Anne and I did not spend enough time at Red Rock Canyon to find these hooved mammals, but there are petroglyphs of the sheep in the stone walls at the park proving their existence. Bighorn sheep are well adapted to life in desert canyons. Though water is sparse, grazing on grasses, wildflowers and twigs provides […]

Beavertail Cactus

This is a low spreading plant of dry, rocky slopes in the Mojave Desert at Red Rock Canyon. It is well adapted to grow in the parched desert environment. As with other desert cacti, this plant’s leaves are spines. These thorny leaves have less surface area than broad leaves of deciduous plants. This reduces water loss […]