Jack Keane first discovered gold here in 1903. Six months later, hundreds of prospectors were panning the mine. The steep trail to Keane Wonder Mine is well-marked by signs and climbs from the mill ruins to the mine, 2,000 feet above the road.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Keane Wonder Mine

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Keane Wonder gold and silver mine is one of the man-made wonders of Death Valley. Despite its forbidding location high on a desert slope, the mine showed so much promise that ambitious miners built an aerial tramway and a huge stamp mill on site to process all the ore. Remains of these structures as well as several mine shafts can still be seen.
  • The 3.2-mile round-trip hike to Keane Wonder Mine is harder than you might expect, with a 1,600-foot elevation gain spread out over only 1.6 miles. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for a climb. Fortunately the upward trek leads to ever-widening views of Death Valley, as well as the fascinating mine remains.

Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, California 92328

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Telephone Number: 760-786-3200
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