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This route leads visitors around the abandoned site of the Desert Queen Mine. It was run and eventually owned by Bill Keys, owner of the Desert Queen Ranch.

The Desert Queen Mine Trail begins from the Pine City backcountry registry. It leads a half mile to the mine ruins, tailings pile and shafts of the Desert Queen gold mine. This mine operated from 1895 to 1961, with several periods of inactivity. A fork in the trail will take visitors to an overlook of the mine property (left) and to the mine site (right). The shafts of the mine are closed by fencing for the protection of visitors.

Directions: From Oasis Visitor Center, Follow Utah Trail southward to a fork in the road. Bear right toward Jumbo Rocks Campground. Pass the campground and continue driving two miles to Geology Tour Road. Instead of turning left on to Geology Tour Road, turn right and drive 1.4 miles to the Pine City backcountry registry. The Desert Queen Mine Trail leads eastward from the trailhead.

Elevation: 4,400 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,400 feet

Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Easy

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Joshua Tree National Park, California

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