Desert Queen Mine ♦ Return

2015 Full Coverage


Return to Desert Queen Mine Main Index

Eagle Cliff Mine

Snake Wash to Desert Queen Dam 2D Gallery3D Gallery

Visit Elliot Koeppel’s

Desert Queen Mine

Eagle Cliff Mine & Miner’s Cabin

Wikipedia Desert Queen Mine entry

Trek date: 2015 Apr 27

THE PAGE YOU ARE ON INCORPORATES more extensive 3D coverage of the Desert Queen Mine area of Joshua Tree Park than our first visit shown on the Main Index page. Please feel free to download as many of the 3D Anaglyph or 3D Half Side-by-Side photographs as you like. Share them with your 3D friends. (You may share them also with any one- and two-dimensional friends you may have acquired over the years.) Note: 3D H-SBS images should only be saved if you have access to a 3D TV. Otherwise viewing them properly will prove frustrating.

After marveling at the scenic view from the hill overlook, we descend into Gold Dust Gulch.

There are two rugged mine roads down into the ravine. The steepest descends from an old miner’s residence or possibly mining camp office (since it contains four or five rooms). The other road, which we returned by later that day, starts closer to the car park and branches south in a gentle downhill run through a small secluded valley.

Desert Queen Mine dam

Desert Queen Mine dam

This road has some mining campsite remains both sides, rusty tin can piles, the usual detritus. Up over a rise can be found a grilled mine shaft with tailing pile. The road curves along a rocky glide into Gold Dust Gulch. A logical hunch would be that in their day these were better maintained, probably gravel and sand-filled to provide a firmer bed for horse-drawn wagons, and later Model T Ford and truck travel.

View north from the dam. Climbing rocks on left are The Tailings

View north from the dam. The short cliff on left called The Tailings by rock climbers

← There is a two-tiered miner-built dam a few hundred yards up Gold Dust Gulch (south). Due to extensive rubble blockading the wash below the dam it may be easier to approach it from the west and south, via Snake Wash (presumably so-named because of its many twists and turns).

Snake Wash is one of the most beautiful areas within Desert Queen Mine. Abundant pinyon pine, oak, juniper, and, closer to the dam itself, small willow trees, can be found here. Funky rock formations on either side. Many shady spots for a picnic lunch. If the Willow Hole hike, found at the North Wonderland, is Heaven on Earth, then the Snake Wash’s 2.5 mile round-trip stroll is A Bit of Heaven in its own right!

Full coverage of the dam and Snake Wash will be found in a separate 3D Gallery. See above.

Detail of The Lion, and rugged terrain

Detail of The Lion, and rugged terrain


2D ♦ Gold Dust Gulch


  •  Use glasses to view 3D Anaglyphs
  • Click to Enlarge Photos

3D Anaglyphs

E! is Reticent about Posing for the Camera

(He won’t be after this)

3D Anaglyphs ♦ Gold Dust Gulch

(Use redcyan glasses. Click to Enlarge)

3D Anaglyphs ♦ Road Up the Hill

(At Joshua Tree, it pays to know your rocks. See if you can spot someone’s clever Rock Art adaptation of “Poodle Rock” in this group. “Poodle Rock” is a climbing formation only a Frisbee’s-throw up the gully from “The Gold Nuggets”—the area directly above where I am. He deserves a Nobel Prize.)


3D Anaglyphs ♦ Hilltop

Rock climbers have nicknamed this split boulder on top of the hill The Lion, although sometimes you will see it as “Power Shopping” (after the main climbing route)—however, my friend Elliot prefers to call it the Golden Claw. He is so clever. The second picture is taken below The Towers with such likeable routes as “Abandoned Classic,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “Xenalmorph,” “Death Rides a Pale Horse,” and “Future Boy.”


 3D Half Side-by-Side Set

(Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS.)

This ends the Desert Queen Mine 3D sets. Look for the associated Eagle Cliff Mine gallery HERE.


I hope you enjoyed viewing these 3 dimensional Anaglyphs as much as I did photographing them for you. E! and I had a successful trip this day, the weather perfect, a little breezy, and air cool and brisk—jacket conditions.


John Murbach


Posted 2015 May 18

Updated 2017 Nov 10



If you are thinking to yourself, “No, it isn’t possible E! would get into that obviously grotty rust-bucket!” you’d be 100% correct.

… then again

Rusty bucket



(Click to Embiggen)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s