Desert Ecosystem Analysis & Restoration is dedicated to preserving the species composition, interactions, and diversity of high desert ecosystems primarily in eastern Utah and Western Colorado.

What is a high desert?

We define high deserts as areas 4,000 feet and higher with an average annual precipitation of less than 10 inches. Temperatures range from 0 to 95 degrees, tending to be much colder, and staying colder longer, than the familiar low land deserts of the South West.

The dominant plants are sage brush, salt bush, yucca, bitter brush, galleta and Indian rice grass.

The major herbivores are prairie dogs, antelope, and rabbits. There are badgers, several species of hawks, coyotes, several species of snakes and foxes.

Want to learn more? Our website is a good place to start! We have dozens of pictures and are always adding more. We invite comments and welcome any opportunity to talk about our favorite subject – ecosystems of the High Deserts!

Our beautiful pictures are compliments of Gregory Gnesios.