Welcome to the forum! I remember my first time camping in New England (VT) and being very afraid of skunks, porqupines, and moose! Saw a moose only once, but lots of skunks and porqupines! I learned not to be afraid of them - you will adapt to the desert animals the same way.
2002 Beaver Monterey Seacliff, '13 Jeep Wrangler