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Keane Wonder Mine Reviews
The Keane Wonder Mine, in its heyday, was a huge producer of gold which necessitated a tram to bring the ore to the valley floor. The remains of the tram still exist, one mile or more, with all cables... more »
You can look at this site pretty quickly or spend lots of time. Even without hiking in much, we saw a lot of interesting remnants. Looks like it was a big operation. Definitely good to do with kids. G... more »
Keane Wonder is an early 20th-century mine located in the eastern side of Death Valley and is considered the best example of a historic gold mine that you can visit in the national park. A highlight is the intact aerial tramway that can be seen at this mine. The trailhead is located on a turnoff from Beatty Cutoff. There is a carpark with enough space for 6-8 vehicles. The trail is only 400 metres long, up a moderately steep hillside. You start to see mine structures and just a couple minutes up the hill. Continue to climb and the aerial tramway remains come into sight. You notice a fair amount of scaffolding and metal scraps littering the grounds as well. Visitors have up close access to the mine structures with strict instruction to not climb on them or try to enter the actual mine shafts that you will see in the area. We enjoyed viewing the Keane Wonder Mine structures and were lucky to see a jack rabbit and chuckwalla (lizard) up close. Views into the valley from the hillside were very good. In general, we liked the short hike and up close experience viewing the Keane Wonder Mine structures. This is a good add-on to area sightseeing such as the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.
The road to the parking area for the mine is a little rough but not too bad. Be prepared to do some walking if you want to get some spectacular views of the area. I found it very interesting and was surprised how much abandoned equipment and structures were there. I can't wait to come back.
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