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RINCONADA MINE HIKE: CENTRAL COAST, CA

Opening in 1872 and worked over the next 90 years, the Rinconada Mine was once one of the largest producers of mercury in San Luis Obispo County.

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BORAX VISITORS CENTER: BORON, CA

The Borax Visitor Center in Boron, CA overlooks California’s largest open-pit mine and the largest borax mine in the world.

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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.

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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 NP. ]

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CACTUS FLATS RD: HIGHWAY 395

Traveling along Cactus Flats Rd off of Highway 395 is like driving through a smaller more isolated version of Joshua Tree National Park.

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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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TITUS CANYON: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Death Valley National Park’s most popular back-country road travels along 27 miles of high mountain peaks and a deep narrow gorge cut into the steep face of the Grapevine Mountains.

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