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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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ABANDONED MOJAVE MILL: A PHOTO ESSAY

Exploring a former hard rock precious metals processing and extraction facility that’s slowly decaying in Mojave National Preserve. ]    

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GHOST CAMP[ING] IN THE MOJAVE DESERT: A PHOTO ESSAY

Camping in an old abandoned mining camp out in the Mojave Desert.  

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VERTICAL MINE SHAFT EXPLORATION: RANDSBURG, CA

On a recent camping and mine exploration trip out in the Mojave Desert, I explored my first vertical shaft which plunged 15 stories deep into the earth.

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RETURN TO OLD DUTCH

There’s something about the Old Dutch Cleanser Mine that keeps me coming back for more.        

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SAND CANYON: HIGHWAY 395

This Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) contains one of the longest stretches of riparian woodland in the Eastern Sierra, provides sanctuary to over 100 species of birds, is the site of a historic LADWP Aqueduct Camp & swimming hole […]

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ARNE’S ROYAL HAWAIIAN MOTEL: ABANDONED

Opened in 1957 in Baker, CA, Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Motel had a great run until economic hardship following the Great Recession finally closed it down for good in 2009.  

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ABANDONED HOUSE SUNRISE: ROSAMOND, CA

Watching the sun come up from an abandoned house out in the Mojave Desert might not be everyone’s idea of a good time but I’m not like everyone else.  

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TECOPA, CA

This former mining town, with its healing waters, incredible landscape, abandoned treasures and rich mining history, is a great place to explore on your way to Death Valley National Park.    

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WELCOME TO HICKSVILLE

Getting cocky at Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat in Joshua Tree, CA.    

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