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Tracey

Tracey's Guidebook

One of my favorite places
There are few true wonders of the world, where merely entering a space creates a portal of cosmic proportions. There is The Waverly in N.Y., Musso Frank’s in Hollywood, certain vortexes in Sedona, Arizona, El Greco in Toledo, Spain. But none of these can touch the magic that is Pappy and Harriet’s. I have been coming to Pappy’s for over 20 years and have witnessed remarkable transformations that continue to stun me, while this establishment manages to keep the integrity of the original seed planted so long ago. Pappy’s is not a noun, it’s a verb, and the kinetic energy is palpable. Situated in the hauntingly mysterious Pioneer Town (at an elevation of 4000 ft) unveiled is the entire Milky Way galaxy; coyotes howling in the distance and hoot owls swooping down at eye level. Then you walk into Pappy’s and that’s when things get interesting. A lawless freedom sweeps through the soul and do with it what you will. A cross between an 1800’s saloon where you’d see Billy the kid throwing back a whisky, and women in petticoats dancing on tables, to the most impressive eclectic performers ever to grace the stage. It is one of my favorite venues for bands, some famous and some about to be famous. That would be enough. But then there’s the food which is absolutely delectable. Anthony Bourdain apparently thought so because he shot an episode here with Josh Homme. The bartenders are something to behold, like samurai; tough and beautiful and when you catch a smile the whole night is worth it. Whether it’s Robert Plant or Paul McCartney making surprise appearances; the high desert’s own Mohave Lords, Victoria Williams, and L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr (a few of my favorites) or the deep roots of the locals who have been here since time began, like the creosote growing in the desert, this is truly one of the most precious jewels this side of the Mississippi and the other side for that matter. So at the risk of gushing, I truly love this place. Sunday nights are usually free music and The Sunday Band is one of the greatest bands around. I would definitely try to book in advance if you are having dinner as it gets kind of crazy.
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Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
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There are few true wonders of the world, where merely entering a space creates a portal of cosmic proportions. There is The Waverly in N.Y., Musso Frank’s in Hollywood, certain vortexes in Sedona, Arizona, El Greco in Toledo, Spain. But none of these can touch the magic that is Pappy and Harriet’s. I have been coming to Pappy’s for over 20 years and have witnessed remarkable transformations that continue to stun me, while this establishment manages to keep the integrity of the original seed planted so long ago. Pappy’s is not a noun, it’s a verb, and the kinetic energy is palpable. Situated in the hauntingly mysterious Pioneer Town (at an elevation of 4000 ft) unveiled is the entire Milky Way galaxy; coyotes howling in the distance and hoot owls swooping down at eye level. Then you walk into Pappy’s and that’s when things get interesting. A lawless freedom sweeps through the soul and do with it what you will. A cross between an 1800’s saloon where you’d see Billy the kid throwing back a whisky, and women in petticoats dancing on tables, to the most impressive eclectic performers ever to grace the stage. It is one of my favorite venues for bands, some famous and some about to be famous. That would be enough. But then there’s the food which is absolutely delectable. Anthony Bourdain apparently thought so because he shot an episode here with Josh Homme. The bartenders are something to behold, like samurai; tough and beautiful and when you catch a smile the whole night is worth it. Whether it’s Robert Plant or Paul McCartney making surprise appearances; the high desert’s own Mohave Lords, Victoria Williams, and L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr (a few of my favorites) or the deep roots of the locals who have been here since time began, like the creosote growing in the desert, this is truly one of the most precious jewels this side of the Mississippi and the other side for that matter. So at the risk of gushing, I truly love this place. Sunday nights are usually free music and The Sunday Band is one of the greatest bands around. I would definitely try to book in advance if you are having dinner as it gets kind of crazy.
This place is such a great local spot. Very character driven
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Joshua Tree Saloon
61835 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This place is such a great local spot. Very character driven
This place is a phenomenal alternative to Pappy and Harriets if you don’t feel like waiting in line to eat. Go to the website but I know they have karaoke nights and midget mud wrestling on any given Sunday. Who could ask for anything more?
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Gadi's Restaurant & Bar
56193 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This place is a phenomenal alternative to Pappy and Harriets if you don’t feel like waiting in line to eat. Go to the website but I know they have karaoke nights and midget mud wrestling on any given Sunday. Who could ask for anything more?
This is a place you have to google to really get the full low down. It’s pretty astounding. The Integratron is a historical structure — a resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex near Joshua Tree. Magnetometers read a significant spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron. Sound baths are available for private or public groups but have to be booked in advance.
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Integratron
2477 Belfield Boulevard
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This is a place you have to google to really get the full low down. It’s pretty astounding. The Integratron is a historical structure — a resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex near Joshua Tree. Magnetometers read a significant spike in the earth’s magnetic field in the center of the Integratron. Sound baths are available for private or public groups but have to be booked in advance.
Truly one of my favorite places. Check out the calendar first as hours vary. This is one of the last unpretentiously cool places left on earth and Laura who runs it is an absolute dream..actually speaking of dreams, when she was 15 she had a dream that this place existed, which maybe it did in the collective unconscious , but not in physical manifestation at the time. She told her mom about her dream and they built it. Maybe that’s where the magic comes from. Or maybe it’s from her cooking. She makes the best potato fries I have ever tasted this side of the Mississippi. Plus the neighborhood feels like you are in the middle of nowhere but it’s only 25 minutes from our house. This place is really famous and yet it’s not. How does that happen?
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Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
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Truly one of my favorite places. Check out the calendar first as hours vary. This is one of the last unpretentiously cool places left on earth and Laura who runs it is an absolute dream..actually speaking of dreams, when she was 15 she had a dream that this place existed, which maybe it did in the collective unconscious , but not in physical manifestation at the time. She told her mom about her dream and they built it. Maybe that’s where the magic comes from. Or maybe it’s from her cooking. She makes the best potato fries I have ever tasted this side of the Mississippi. Plus the neighborhood feels like you are in the middle of nowhere but it’s only 25 minutes from our house. This place is really famous and yet it’s not. How does that happen?
Honestly, regarding used book stores, this is not my first time round the rodeo...and this one is an absolute gem! You never know what treasures you will find here. Before moving to the desert years ago, when visiting, this was a must stop for me! Check website as hours vary but I’m pretty sure they are opened Thursday-Sunday. The owner is so great! And only 1.5 miles from our house!
Raven's Book Shoppe ~ USED & RARE
69225 Twentynine Palms Highway
Honestly, regarding used book stores, this is not my first time round the rodeo...and this one is an absolute gem! You never know what treasures you will find here. Before moving to the desert years ago, when visiting, this was a must stop for me! Check website as hours vary but I’m pretty sure they are opened Thursday-Sunday. The owner is so great! And only 1.5 miles from our house!
This is in the center of Joshua Tree (about 15 min from our home). Sherry Elf’s art gallery (art queen) is a must. There are also a bunch of shops in the area that are great!
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Art Queen
61855 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is in the center of Joshua Tree (about 15 min from our home). Sherry Elf’s art gallery (art queen) is a must. There are also a bunch of shops in the area that are great!
This is the coolest place! I won’t lie, it can be a little pricy, but it saves you the time of scouring flea markets yourself and smelling weird unfamiliar smells to find the best records, magazines etc. The owners have impeccable taste and every single item in here is pretty much mind blowing.
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The Station Joshua Tree
61943 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is the coolest place! I won’t lie, it can be a little pricy, but it saves you the time of scouring flea markets yourself and smelling weird unfamiliar smells to find the best records, magazines etc. The owners have impeccable taste and every single item in here is pretty much mind blowing.
1141 Old Woman Springs Rd, Unit A Yucca Valley, CA 92284 (760) 348-8992 Hours Sunday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday Closed Wednesday Closed Thursday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Friday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm This place is so amazing and not just because the coolest girls to walk the earth work here, but seriously, they do. You have to visit to experience the magic. Visit their website for events. (Just google giant rock meeting room). If you get to meet Savanna, it will be the highlight of your trip. Also, this location feels more like the Wild Wild West than a lot of the other places off Highway 62 in the center of town.
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Giant Rock Meeting Room & Coffee House
1141 Old Woman Springs Rd
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1141 Old Woman Springs Rd, Unit A Yucca Valley, CA 92284 (760) 348-8992 Hours Sunday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday Closed Wednesday Closed Thursday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Friday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm This place is so amazing and not just because the coolest girls to walk the earth work here, but seriously, they do. You have to visit to experience the magic. Visit their website for events. (Just google giant rock meeting room). If you get to meet Savanna, it will be the highlight of your trip. Also, this location feels more like the Wild Wild West than a lot of the other places off Highway 62 in the center of town.
Food scene
This is such a great breakfast spot.
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Crossroads Cafe
61715 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is such a great breakfast spot.
This is an astounding coffee shop. They are so good they are now selling at fancy specialty shops like the farm in Santa Monica (for almost double the price). If you like coffee you will love this joint.
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Joshua Tree Coffee Company
61738 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is an astounding coffee shop. They are so good they are now selling at fancy specialty shops like the farm in Santa Monica (for almost double the price). If you like coffee you will love this joint.
This place has been here since time began and it is definitely a historic place to visit. A combo of locals and visitors from around the world makes it so special. I personally want to suggest that if you are a coffee snob, get your coffee first at the Joshua tree coffee company. (Or at our house where we always have a batch waiting for you).
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Country Kitchen
61768 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This place has been here since time began and it is definitely a historic place to visit. A combo of locals and visitors from around the world makes it so special. I personally want to suggest that if you are a coffee snob, get your coffee first at the Joshua tree coffee company. (Or at our house where we always have a batch waiting for you).
This is such a great healthy place to stop for lunch after or before a hike. Many options for vegetarians.
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Natural Sisters Cafe
61695 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is such a great healthy place to stop for lunch after or before a hike. Many options for vegetarians.
848 Old Woman Springs Road Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.289.8537 Th-Su 2-7p this place is considered one of the greatest treasures (as far as food goes) in the valley. The neighborhood is really amazing and more off the beaten track than the center of Joshua Tree town yet probably a 25 minute drive from our house. Read about this place. Apparently it’s getting rave reviews and probably should be booked in advance although they do accept walk ins. https://www.lacopinekitchen.com/
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La Copine
848 Old Woman Springs Rd
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848 Old Woman Springs Road Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.289.8537 Th-Su 2-7p this place is considered one of the greatest treasures (as far as food goes) in the valley. The neighborhood is really amazing and more off the beaten track than the center of Joshua Tree town yet probably a 25 minute drive from our house. Read about this place. Apparently it’s getting rave reviews and probably should be booked in advance although they do accept walk ins. https://www.lacopinekitchen.com/
Great place to have lunch or dinner.
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29 Palms Inn
73950 Inn Avenue
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Great place to have lunch or dinner.
Great place to get some groceries. Vegan and gluten free friendly.
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Joshua Tree Health Foods
61693 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Great place to get some groceries. Vegan and gluten free friendly.
Really great place for all types of liquor, regular drinks, etc. Greatly eclectic. 15 minutes from our house in Joshua Tree. Might want to stop by on your way to stock up.
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Sam's Market
61380 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Really great place for all types of liquor, regular drinks, etc. Greatly eclectic. 15 minutes from our house in Joshua Tree. Might want to stop by on your way to stock up.
This place is literally a hop, skip and a jump from our house (1.5 miles to be exact). So you can stop here on the way if you need beer, wine, milk, ice cream etc and know that it won’t melt by the time you get to our house!
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Indian Cove Market
69131 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This place is literally a hop, skip and a jump from our house (1.5 miles to be exact). So you can stop here on the way if you need beer, wine, milk, ice cream etc and know that it won’t melt by the time you get to our house!
This is your standard grocery store and it’s only 2.5 miles away from us so if you have a hankering for anything that a typical vons or Ralph’s has, you will probably find it here. No need to bring groceries with you!
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Stater Bros. Markets
71727 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is your standard grocery store and it’s only 2.5 miles away from us so if you have a hankering for anything that a typical vons or Ralph’s has, you will probably find it here. No need to bring groceries with you!
Don’t let the boring shopping center decor fool you, Vons is where it’s at! Especially since it’s the only game in town regarding groceries. Obviously pretty self explanatory. BUT...they will have all of your normal food/ drink needs and they are about 25 minutes from our home, and on your way to us, if you are coming from the 10 freeway and then east up the 62. Again, no need to bring food with you because they have it all!
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Vons
57590 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Don’t let the boring shopping center decor fool you, Vons is where it’s at! Especially since it’s the only game in town regarding groceries. Obviously pretty self explanatory. BUT...they will have all of your normal food/ drink needs and they are about 25 minutes from our home, and on your way to us, if you are coming from the 10 freeway and then east up the 62. Again, no need to bring food with you because they have it all!
This pizza place is pretty good and they have vegan options. Right in the center of town, they will also deliver to us if you don’t feel like going out.
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Pie for the People!
61740 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This pizza place is pretty good and they have vegan options. Right in the center of town, they will also deliver to us if you don’t feel like going out.
Sightseeing
This museum is one of Joshua Tree’s national treasures. You have to see it!
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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
62975 Blair Lane
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This museum is one of Joshua Tree’s national treasures. You have to see it!
The views are miraculous. I would google or map it for directions.
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Keys View
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The views are miraculous. I would google or map it for directions.
While making your way through Joshua Tree, visit the home prison of a man who never existed. According to some very detailed lore constructed by artist Eames Demetrios, a religious leader named Krblin Jihn lived in this cabin under house arrest after a rival sect, the Notgeon, defeated his Jihn Wranglikans in a long war. While living in the Kabin, he completed two translations of the Bible and the Kmmentaries n Matthew. (By the way, the Jihn Wranglikans forbid using the letters “c” and “o.”) Don’t worry: You can brush up on the mythology before entering the Kabin (where all writings are in the Jihn Wranglikan dialect). There’s an English explanation on a site marker just outside the house. The world-building is so extensive that you can even glimpse a structure known as Kwale—the Jihn Wranglikan Mount Hermon. The Kabin is part of Demetrios’ “Kcymaerxthaere” project, an “ongoing work of 3 dimensional fiction” that tells its stories in text plaques and, sometimes, “historic sites” like the Kabin (which, in 2004, became the first such site dedicated as part of the project). Kcymaerxthaere constructs an alternative universe along 29 major “rezhns;” Demetrios likens it to “a novel where every page is in a different city.” The plaques and sites number in the hundreds and continue to expand, while the Kabin stands as one of the most audacious examples of Joshua Tree’s famous artistic culture. You can learn more about the Jihn Wranglikans and Kcymaexthaere here. Know Before You Go From the town of Joshua Tree, travel north on Sunburst St./Ave. Turn right on Crestview Drive. Go through the neighborhood to the end of the street and turn right on Border Avenue (dirt road). The site will be on your left, about 1.5 blocks south of Crestview.
Krblin Jihn Cabin
5880 Border Ave
While making your way through Joshua Tree, visit the home prison of a man who never existed. According to some very detailed lore constructed by artist Eames Demetrios, a religious leader named Krblin Jihn lived in this cabin under house arrest after a rival sect, the Notgeon, defeated his Jihn Wranglikans in a long war. While living in the Kabin, he completed two translations of the Bible and the Kmmentaries n Matthew. (By the way, the Jihn Wranglikans forbid using the letters “c” and “o.”) Don’t worry: You can brush up on the mythology before entering the Kabin (where all writings are in the Jihn Wranglikan dialect). There’s an English explanation on a site marker just outside the house. The world-building is so extensive that you can even glimpse a structure known as Kwale—the Jihn Wranglikan Mount Hermon. The Kabin is part of Demetrios’ “Kcymaerxthaere” project, an “ongoing work of 3 dimensional fiction” that tells its stories in text plaques and, sometimes, “historic sites” like the Kabin (which, in 2004, became the first such site dedicated as part of the project). Kcymaerxthaere constructs an alternative universe along 29 major “rezhns;” Demetrios likens it to “a novel where every page is in a different city.” The plaques and sites number in the hundreds and continue to expand, while the Kabin stands as one of the most audacious examples of Joshua Tree’s famous artistic culture. You can learn more about the Jihn Wranglikans and Kcymaexthaere here. Know Before You Go From the town of Joshua Tree, travel north on Sunburst St./Ave. Turn right on Crestview Drive. Go through the neighborhood to the end of the street and turn right on Border Avenue (dirt road). The site will be on your left, about 1.5 blocks south of Crestview.
Joshua tree hiking and driving in the park
Of course. You can google different hikes to take once you are in the park. Some great ones are the Ryan hike (if you are extremely fit and want an amazing workout). It’s all uphill to the top but the views are sensational. Bring lunch and have a picnic once there. I think it’s about 3 or 4 miles total. The 29 palms entrance to the park is only 10 miles from our house, and then maybe another 10 miles to Ryan. Another incredible hike is the lost horse mine trail. Once in the park (from 29 palms entrance) take keys view road, past cap rock, to lost horse trail road which will be about half mile to your left. Drive down the dirt road about a half mile and there you will see the sign posts. This is about 4 1/2 miles total but kid friendly, just a slight upgrade of a climb on the way to the old mine (which was one of the largest producing mines of its day and still in tact), and smooth sailing all the way back to your car.
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Of course. You can google different hikes to take once you are in the park. Some great ones are the Ryan hike (if you are extremely fit and want an amazing workout). It’s all uphill to the top but the views are sensational. Bring lunch and have a picnic once there. I think it’s about 3 or 4 miles total. The 29 palms entrance to the park is only 10 miles from our house, and then maybe another 10 miles to Ryan. Another incredible hike is the lost horse mine trail. Once in the park (from 29 palms entrance) take keys view road, past cap rock, to lost horse trail road which will be about half mile to your left. Drive down the dirt road about a half mile and there you will see the sign posts. This is about 4 1/2 miles total but kid friendly, just a slight upgrade of a climb on the way to the old mine (which was one of the largest producing mines of its day and still in tact), and smooth sailing all the way back to your car.
Great hike for the whole family and just a few miles from our house.
Cholla Cactus Garden
Great hike for the whole family and just a few miles from our house.
Just .5 miles and a great hike!
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Arch Rock Nature Trail
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Just .5 miles and a great hike!
Another short and sweet hike (about a mile) that is close by.
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail
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Another short and sweet hike (about a mile) that is close by.
This trail is just a few miles away from our home and really amazing. Google or map it for precise directions.
Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead
This trail is just a few miles away from our home and really amazing. Google or map it for precise directions.
This is such a great trail! You can google directions once in the park. The story goes that an old cowboy named Johnny Lang had lost his horse one fine dusty day while camping. He went searching high and low into the hills of what is now Joshua Tree. He met a man who told him of a “rich claim” and sold it to him for 1000$ in late 1800’s. Johnny named the mine “Lost horse”. To reduce the chances of being killed by the McHaney gang or having his claim jumped, Johnny took three partners. After filing their claim, they set up a two-stamp mill and began processing gold. He ended up making millions and from 1894-1931 it produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver. The lost horse mine was one of the only to produce any real gold for its owner, and produce it did. In 1895 J.D. Ryan bought the rights to the area and set up the mill that is currently there today. The mine stopped producing in 1905 when the miners lost the vein they were mining from. Johnny never did find that horse but who cares... Talk about not looking a gift horse in the mouth!
Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail
This is such a great trail! You can google directions once in the park. The story goes that an old cowboy named Johnny Lang had lost his horse one fine dusty day while camping. He went searching high and low into the hills of what is now Joshua Tree. He met a man who told him of a “rich claim” and sold it to him for 1000$ in late 1800’s. Johnny named the mine “Lost horse”. To reduce the chances of being killed by the McHaney gang or having his claim jumped, Johnny took three partners. After filing their claim, they set up a two-stamp mill and began processing gold. He ended up making millions and from 1894-1931 it produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver. The lost horse mine was one of the only to produce any real gold for its owner, and produce it did. In 1895 J.D. Ryan bought the rights to the area and set up the mill that is currently there today. The mine stopped producing in 1905 when the miners lost the vein they were mining from. Johnny never did find that horse but who cares... Talk about not looking a gift horse in the mouth!