Keane Wonder Mine, Death Valley National Park

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#40 of 50 in Things to do in Death Valley National Park
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  • This old mine is worth a visit. Ask yourself how these prospectors did all this work way back when. Just take it slow on the washboard roads. 
    This old mine is worth a visit. Ask yourself how these prospectors did all this work way back when. Just take it slow on the washboard roads.  more »
  • Not far off the main road. Very cool to see and explore. The dirt road is passable in cars. This is a good spot for sunset and seems to be the best time to explore as the sun is rewarding the area. 
    Not far off the main road. Very cool to see and explore. The dirt road is passable in cars. This is a good spot for sunset and seems to be the best time to explore as the sun is rewarding the area.  more »
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  • I only had time to get up to the first mine, but despite the longer hike to get to the "end", I was happy with how short of a walk it was up to the spot in these photos (maybe 0.1mi).
  • We were essentially alone the whole 3 hrs we spent hiking up to some of the highest points of the mine. Don't stop at the first structure! Either follow the tramway up or take the path around. every 10 or 15 minutes you will encounter a new spectacle... A giant canyon with the aerial tramway spanning it, rusted out mining equipment, the fabric belts that turned the tramway up at the top, entrances to mines (though they are all shut with steel you can peek inside). If you only have a few minutes of time you can see the main structure, but whether you have one two three or more hours to explore you should keep going... We didn't even hit the end of the trail after about 90 minutes up but we saw tons in the meanwhile. Must see, and for whatever reason this does not seem to be on the main hit list for visitors so you will be largely alone. The trails are pretty well maintained but the hike up is fairly difficult because it is so steep. I would say it's suitable for ages 8 and up.

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