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UNDERGROUND 2016

This annual 3-day event allows explorers of all skill levels access to miles of underground mines that were once some of the most profitable in the Death Valley region.     

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BORAX VISITORS CENTER: BORON, CA

Overlooking California’s largest open-pit mine and the largest borax mine in the world, the Borax Visitor Center includes a museum, gift shop and an original 20 mule team wagon that once ferried borax out of Death Valley from 1883 to […]

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THOMPSON SMELTER RUINS: MASON VALLEY, NEVADA

Constructed in 1910 to process the copper ore from nearby mines, the ruins of this million dollar smelter and former townsite spread out over 1300 acres of high desert near Yerington, Nevada.                   

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A DRIVING TOUR OF MAZOURKA CANYON: HIGHWAY 395

Located east of Independence, Mazourka Canyon Road crosses the Owens River Valley before cutting into the western side of the Inyo Mountains. Along the way it passes a ghost train depot, a pet cemetery and numerous abandoned mines before reaching […]

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CHAMPION SPARK PLUG MINE: WHITE MOUNTAINS

The Champion Spark Plug mining camp known as Black Eagle, sits 7,550 feet high on the west flank of the White Mountains near Bishop, CA. Mining operations ceased in 1945 but the camp has remained in remarkable condition thanks to a […]

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TUNGSTEN TOWN: THE GHOST OF ATOLIA, CA

This once booming mining town of over 2000 people included a dairy, four restaurants, a movie theater, and the “Bucket of Blood” saloon. Today, it sits abandoned slowly succumbing to the harsh desert elements that surround it.  

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TIPI LIVING IN HISTORIC CHINA RANCH

This hidden oasis near the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park includes a massive date farm planted from seeds in the early 1920s, tipi lodging, incredible hiking opportunities within the Amargosa River Valley and one of the best date shakes […]

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IBEX SPRINGS GHOST CAMP: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Established as a mining camp in the 1880s, Ibex Springs on the southeastern border of Death Valley National Park, is probably one of the parks least visited areas and that’s exactly why I wanted to check it out.  

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EAGLE CLIFF CABIN JTNP

Dating back to 1895, Eagle Cliff Cabin is one of the oldest and best preserved historic structures within the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. Built inside a natural cave-like alcove of giant boulders and not found on any tourist […]

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THE MINES OF LAS FLORES CANYON

Exploring the mines & water tunnels of Las Flores Canyon above Altadena, CA.    

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