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WALL STREET MILL & THE DESERT QUEEN MINE: JTNP

One of the most successful mines and one of the best preserved mills within Joshua Tree National Park.    

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THE SNOWY RUINS OF WONDERLAND RANCH: JTNP

A New Year’s Day hike through the ruins of Wonderland Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park after a fresh snowfall.    

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SALT CREEK HILLS & THE ASHFORD MILL RUINS: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Located just outside the southeastern tip of the National Park boundary, the Salt Creek Hills are designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

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BACK ALLEY DEATH VALLEY: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Venturing off the asphalt & down unmarked dirt roads to explore the Cashier Mill, Eureka Mine and Aguereberry Camp in Harrisburg, CA and an unknown mining site near Emigrant Springs.

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THE CHICAGO OF THE WEST: RHYOLITE, NV

The ghost town of Rhyolite & the odd outsider art installations that surround it.    

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CERRO GORDO SMELTER: KEELER, CA

On my second journey to the Valley of Death, I came across some new mining sites that required more exploration.      

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RUTH MINE & CAMP

Dating back to 1899, the Ruth Mine & Camp is located 3,530 feet in the Argus Mountain Range, roughly 14 miles from the town of Trona, CA.      

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EAGLE & HIGH PEAK MINE

There’s more to Julian, CA than Apple Pie. In 1869, A.E. “Fred” Coleman, a former slave established the first mining district in the area. Ten bucks gets you a fun filled guided tour deep underground in these two mines dating […]

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OWENS VALLEY BEAUTIFUL RANDOMNESS

A pumice mine, hub caps, tall broads, charcoal kilns, a baby volcano, dirty socks hot springs, and a concentration camp airport.    

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REWARD MINE

Located at the base of the Inyo Mountains between Independence and Lone Pine, the Reward Mine is so big you can drive a 4WD through it.      

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