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Wyoming's Red Desert

In September's "The Red Zone" writer Michael Behar and photographer Mike Sakas join biologist Erik Molvar through America's highest desert. See Sakas's photos of the trip here.
  • Wild horses enjoy expansive terrain and near-total solitude in Adobe Town.
  •  The Red Desertís estimated oil reserves would satisfy U.S. needs for six weeks.
  • Endless quiet and solitude rule the Red Desert after the sun sets.
  • Wyoming's year-round fireworks sales make for a brilliant nighttime show.
  • 9,375-square-miles of canyons, hoodoos, mesas, and dunes cover the Red Desert.
  • Cheetahs hunted for pronghorns in the Red Desert 13,000 years ago.
  • Eons of water erosion have created precariously perched hoodoos.
  • The ashen soil, infused with glassy silica, is highly reflective and amplifies the moonlight.
  • The nearly waterless Red Desert requires hikers to cache water for their trips.
  • The author inspects the remains of a long-dead bighorn sheep.
  • At least 65 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call the Red Desert home.
Wild horses enjoy expansive terrain and near-total solitude in Adobe Town.
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Wild horses enjoy expansive terrain and near-total solitude in Adobe Town.


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Sure is a lot different than our SW Absaroka. What a gem. As someone that has done a little falconry I love raptors, and want to spend time there. Many thanks for sharing!
— John Betts


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