For more than a decade now, some friends of mine have been maintaining the (also known as the Buckhorn) Boxcar Cabin out near Death Valley. Before its life in the “Adopt-a-Cabin” program, this simple two-room cabin was once a train boxcar used by miners. Mining prospects were first worked here in the 1930s. In 1958, a prospector named William Carpenter filed the Buckhorn claims. The cabin probably dates from that time. How it got out here though remains a mystery.

The Bureau of Land Management’s “Adopt-a-Cabin” program is now defunct but most of the volunteers continue to do their work, regardless. The program was a combined effort by the BLM and volunteer citizens to protect and maintain these historic cabins. This cabin, like many others, is available on a first-come, first served basis. You are only asked to keep the place clean and leave it better than you found it. Please do not spend more than a few days here.

Thoughtless vandals occasionally damage these places. It takes hard work and materials to maintain these cabins; no one is paid to do it. Please be careful and respect them or they will be gone forever.

For more photos and information, visit the Friends of the Boxcar Cabin.