Ruins and Out-Buildings
(2D first. 3D Galleries further down the page will require red–cyan glasses to see the full 3D effect. Click Photos to Enlarge.)
Trek dates: 2013 Jan 21 and Dec 31
Wayfarers: Murbachi & E!
On This Page
- Ranch house ruins ♦ Small dam
- Lost Rocks climbing formation
- Outbuildings ♦ Pump house
- Large steel water tank
- Scenic vistas to write home about
The Long View ♦ Ryan Ranch & Campground
Ryan Ranch and vicinity are the anchor points of this Gallery page, enjoy this distant view looking west from the pump house.
A FEW HUNDRED YARDS PAST THE HEADSTONE PINNACLE are the remains of Ryan Ranch Homestead with its small dam for water storage. Apparently the dam provided a convenient swimming pool for the residents. There is an old well nearby with a holding tank and pump station for the residence, which also supplied water through an iron pipe to Lost Horse Mine, three miles away. Hidden in the rocks above the main house ruins, a large steel water tank.
At an elevation of 4,300ft Ryan Ranch is located about three-quarters of a mile east of Cap Rock, along Park Blvd. The grave of Frank James (discoverer of the Desert Queen Mine) is located east of Headstone Rock, near the house ruins.
As is typical for Joshua Tree National Park, there are numerous boulders lying around. The most prominent piles are immediately east, beyond the house. They are called the Lost Rocks. As if their names were chosen on purpose to confuse, the rock closest to the house is Mislaid Rock. The one further up the slope beside which was installed the iron water tank is Misplaced Rock.
Pictures on this page are mainly from our third visit to Ryan Campground and Ranch. It was the tail-end of December, 2013; an early morning excursion since my friend Elliot Koeppel was desirous of exploring for Native American habitats—acorn grinding holes, and possibly pictographs, the usual cast-off iPads, and if luck held, some petroglyphs. E! is big into petroglyphs. There is even a burial site in the area, as mentioned above. (Link to Elliot’s Ryan Ranch Native American Habitat page from this trip HERE and his Ryan Ranch coverage HERE.)
Mise en Scène
Comparison 2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Stereo (H-SBS)
(One of my favorite afternoon angles of Headstone Rock and Lost Horse Valley as seen from the slope above Ryan Ranch ruins. Click to view full size)
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3D Anaglyph Gallery
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Ends ‘n Odds
3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery
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The homestead at Ryan and its residual ephemera is a popular short hike for visitors to Joshua Tree Park; and if it so happens you are there for the late-afternoon colors, you will experience the beautiful scenery all the more.
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Posted 2016 May 4
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