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Category: Mojave Desert (page 1 of 7)

Mojave desert, including the Mojave National Preserve.

Old Dad Mountain Petroglyphs

On a cold January day, I hiked out into the wilderness of the Old Dad Mountains in the Mojave Desert. Just driving out there was a bit of a challenge; the roads were long and rocky.

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Fan Mine

This is a small mine out in the East Mojave. History is vague on this prospect but it is probably old and reworked a few times. The mine consists of a few short adits, one with a winze filled with crystal clear water, and a small stope.

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Mojave Phone Booth

Once upon a time, there was a phone booth way out in the middle of the Mojave desert. The phone booth was lonely. So people from around the world called it and people would trek out there to answer. 

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Green Scorpion Mine

This is a small prospect I’ve wanted to check out for over a decade. I finally decided to track it down. I didn’t have an exact location but a good idea of where it was. So I went out scouting the hills. 

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“Mojave” Car Wash

This is an interesting little corner of the Mojave. I was surprised to see so many old junked cars out here. It is pretty unusual to see so many in one place but why are they here? They all seem to be missing their engines and drive-trains. One engine could have been used to power equipment at the mine, so why six more?

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