A New Year’s Day hike through the ruins of Wonderland Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park after a fresh snowfall.
Whether you call it the Ohlson House, the Wonderland Ranch or Uncle Willie’s Health Food Store, the pink ruins near the Wall Street Mill trail are incredibly beautiful, especially with fresh snow on the ground.
Ghost driving through a forest of Joshua Trees.
This rusted beauty can be found in between Wonderland Ranch and the Wall Street Mill.
A lonely windmill can also be found nearby.
Barker Dam isn’t that far away either.
Even though I’ve been to Joshua Tree hundreds of times, this was the first time I’ve been there with snow on the ground.
Not much is known about the property but it was apparently owned for some span of time by the Ohlson family. Death records list that a Signe Ohlson died in the town of Joshua Tree in 1986, at the age of 100 but whether or not she ever lived here is unknown.
It was around 27 degrees when I arrived at 7am.
From what little research I’ve done, it appears the structures of the ranch caught fire sometime in the 70’s or 80’s. You can still see evidence from the fire in the charred wood set against the crumbling pink adobe walls.
In a 1983 Historic Research Study, this property was described as “not historically significant and is an intrusion on the natural scene and on an archeological site. it should be obliterated subject to archeological control.” Fortunately they didn’t tear it down cause it’s an amazing place to explore and photograph.