Desert Queen Mine

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View across Gold Dust Gulch

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Preliminary Visit, 2013

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Desert Queen Mine, Full Coverage ♦ 2015 Apr 27

Eagle Cliff Mine ♦ 2015 Apr 27

Snake Wash to Desert Queen Dam 2D Gallery3D Gallery

Mother Lode Area and Plateau (pending)

Trek date: 2013 Jan 21

ON THIS PRELIMINARY VISIT, E! and I covered the area west of Gold Dust Gulch, and descended along a steep, rocky mining road, now in disrepair, where we reached the canyon bottom. We found a welcome shady spot beneath a large juniper to have lunch. This trip would be a brief one since E! was making a comprehensive photo journal of the Geology Tour Road for his website An extension of the Geology road leads north from Park Blvd. to the dirt lot for Lucky Boy Overlook, and the lot and Back Country Board for the Desert Queen Mine, and Pine City area.

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Elliot engages with local resident

The Gold Nuggets rock-climbing area

The Gold Nuggets rock-climbing area

E!’s main objective at Desert Queen Mine, in the short time we had was to locate an old multi-room miner’s building (with bedspring inside) on the slope. The slope provides a scenic look across at the mine hillside for the casual Joshua Tree day-tripper. In our lengthier return trip in 2015, he and I made more detailed photo-shoots of the area. Link to E! Desert Queen Mine and Eagle Cliff Mine detailed and authoritative coverage.

The same gold veins that supplied ore (and boundless dreams) to the Desert Queen miners, also occur higher up the Eagle Cliff hill where a dig of that name, Eagle Cliff Mine, was worked.

Elliot drove; that’s it there in the parking lot, Big Blue, his Toyota Tacoma truck, which he later traded in for a bright Red 2015 model. Beyond the car park lies 400ft high Negro Hill. Negro denotes “black” in Spanish and Portuguese, and as can be seen, this easily climbed hill is comprised of darker colored rocks. It could also be covered in blackbush (also known as blackbrush) which gives a brownish-black appearance to the hills and slopes elsewhere in the park where blackbush predominates. We descended into Gold Dust Gulch Area before returning to the car park.

2D Miner’s Building Ruin


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Desert Queen Mine ♦ 3D Anaglyphs

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 Bonus Gallery! ♦ “The Wildman of Joshua Tree” ♦ 3D Anaglyphs


I hope you enjoyed Desert Queen Mine. Revisit this page for links to further adventures at the DQ Mine & Eagle Cliff Mine.


Thank you! —Murbachi


Posted 2014 Oct 28

Updated 2017 Nov 10

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