Santa Clara Hillside Petroglyphs

Nice spiral.

We took a little side trip while in Southern Utah in late 2010 to check out this incredible rock art site I had heard about. My photos aren’t the best but the site didn’t disappoint.
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Stateline Mill

We take a last look at the Stateline Mill.

Late in 2013, we went on a trip around Nevada and Utah. One of the places we stopped is the old Stateline Mill on the Utah and Nevada border. It is a place I had wanted to check out for years, and we almost didn’t make it this time either. Luckily, we had enough time left on our trip and spent a few hours here.

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Squaw Spring Petroglyphs

Ok, yet another grinding rock. It is a village site. They had to eat.

We visited this Kawaiisu village and petroglyph site on a clear and cold January day. There are not many petroglyphs here but it is an interesting site none the less.

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Santa Fe Mine

The upper tram terminal.

Back in early 2012, Ed and I stopped by a mine in the Santa Fe district near Luning. The old mines in the district were discovered in 1879 and worked on and off until the 1920s. This mine was probably part of a larger group of mines, namely the Luning Consolidated Mine. These were typically silver, copper and lead producers with some gold. $2.4 million came out of the district from 1906 to 1921. That was a lot of money in those days.
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A high desert, hidden boulder mining camp, San Bernardino County

Boulder camp.

One of my mine exploring trips got cancelled at the last minute, on a weekend a few months ago, so I suddenly had some free time on my hands. I decided to try and find a supposed arrastra and petroglyph site out in the Mojave desert. Arrastras are always fun to find because they are so rare besides being historical. Petroglyphs are more common but can be equally difficult to locate. (Not to mention they are both cool.)
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Pictograph boulder at the Base of Queen Mountain, Joshua Tree National Park

Pictograph boulder

A couple of months or so ago, I decided to go out to Joshua Tree National Park and see if I could find a small pictograph site hidden in a boulder field in the backcountry. I had a good idea of where it was but you never know for sure and I would still have to search for it.
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Johnny Shoshone Spring, Death Valley National Park

Remains of the cabin.

A few years back, we visited little-known Johnny Shoshone spring. It is a place I’ve been curious about for some time. The spring is not much more than a seep but what is interesting is that it was a summer camp of Johnny Shoshone, one of the last of the Panamint Shoshone Indians living in the Panamint mountains.
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Mule Canyon Ruins

Thunderstorms are brewing.

This is a remote Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) ruin site with many ruined towers and cliff dwellings. I had read about the site some time ago and was eager go check it out. The site is not hard to reach, but hours of hiking and climbing are required to reach some of the ruins. I certainly wasn’t able to explore it all and need to return. The canyon bottom has a creek that probably has water all year and the people who lived here likely farmed crops.
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Welcome to Starbuck’s Exploring. I’m still working on the redesign of the site. I am slowly adding new trips and old ones. Thank you for your patience.

This website is mainly a collection of some of my photos from explorations around the southwest US. I spend as much time as I can hiking and off-roading to rarely visited places in the deserts and mountains of California, Nevada and Utah. These trip reports are a few of my sojourns. I hope you will find this site a useful and enjoyable resource. Please be careful out there.