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Inyo Mine Camp
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Inyo Mine Camp
Inyo Mine Camp
Dugout cabin

Overview

Inyo Mine Camp, operated by the Inyo Gold Mining Company, is a well preserved mining camp operated on-and-off during about 1907 to 1940 (gold was discovered in 1905). Most of the structures in the camp date from the 1928-1940 period, with most activity in the last 2-3 years. Up the hill above camp, a string of mines march up the hillside, and surrounding areas similarly are pocked with mines and prospects. The nearby townsite of Schwaub is notable for the all-female government that presided over civil activities during a brief existence during 1906-1907.

Link to map.

Inyo Mine Camp
Ore hopper and ramp at mill site

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking and driving in the desert, ... this area is fairly safe. However, accessing the area requires a hike or a 4WD vehicle, so ensure that your spare tire is in good condition and bring plenty of water. The buildings are no longer structurally sound, so it is safer to examine them from the outside. The mines, located up the hill above camp, are never safe to enter. Camping is not permitted in this area.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a short hike, so just bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. For those who wander beyond the immediate ruins area, the walk goes into the Death Valley Wilderness Area, so pay particular attention to respecting the land.

Inyo Mine Camp
Younger days in front of the collapsed cookhouse

Getting to Inyo Mine Camp

Inyo Mine Camp is located off Highway 190 in the central section of Death Valley National Park, about 2-1/2 hours northwest of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Death Valley. From the Furnace Creek Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 0712), drive south on Highway 190 for about 3.4 miles to Echo Canyon Road (Site 0974). Drive up across the bajada and through Echo Canyon, where 4WD likely is required. At an intersection (Site 1435) 9 miles out, stay to the right for another 0.5 miles to the Inyo Mine Camp parking area (Site 1436). Camp is adjacent to the road, and the mines are up the hill. Echo Canyon Road is closed about 0.2 miles farther up the canyon.

Inyo Mine Camp
Camp (view N from parking)
Inyo Mine Camp
Camp (view NE from parking)
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Side-blotched Lizard - one of few remaining residents
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Dugout roof and two cabins
Inyo Mine Camp
Diesel engine powered the mill
Inyo Mine Camp
Water tank
Inyo Mine Camp
Diesel engine
Inyo Mine Camp
Diesel engine on skids

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0974 Hwy 190 at Echo Canyon Rd 515844 4032290 36.43751 116.82323 409 Yes
1435 Echo Canyon Rd at Junction 525998 4038832 36.49628 116.70972 3,575 Yes
1436 Echo Canyon Rd at Inyo Mine 526597 4038504 36.49330 116.70305 3,741 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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