Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Discover Contact and Anaconda Mines

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DISCOVER CONTACT AND ANACONDA MINES w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Join the Desert Institute as they explore the mining history of Joshua Tree National Park.

This class will explore the Contact Mine, an abandoned mining site near the Twentynine Palms entrance. The moderate 3-mile out and back hike follows an old access road to the mine site. You will also explore the nearby Anaconda Mine site and view old mining equipment, shafts, and other artifacts left when these mines were active. The instructors will discuss the geologic forces that formed the area, and you’ll find out how the gold got deposited there in the first place. Participants will learn about the history of gold mining and processing as it was typically done in the American West.

The area now comprising Joshua Tree National Park attracted cattle ranchers in the mid-1800s as a place to graze cattle. Mining activity began in the region around the 1870s, reaching its peak during the 1920s and 1930s. Gold was the main objective, but quantities of silver, copper, lead, and other metals were also mined. A few active claims lingered into the 1970s before mining activity ceased. Approximately 288 mining sites are located within the current park boundaries. Some consist of small exploratory digs, while other sites still have extensive shafts, abandoned mining and milling equipment, tanks, concrete, wood, and stone structures.

Register today for the “Discover Contact and Anaconda Mines” guided hike!

Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton


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November 6, 2022 @ 07:30 AM to
12:00 PM

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