Hello, I'm Guy Starbuck. I’ve spent most of my life finding little-known places in the backcountry of the Western United States and sharing them with you here on this site. Most of my adventures are hikes to historical mines, Native American rock art sites, and anything else with some history. For me, the more remote the site is, the better.

I started this website, Starbuck.org, way back in the dark ages of the internet (aka 1997) to track my hiking and peak-bagging adventures. I had always preferred to hike to the more remote and seldom-visited peaks. Along the way, I passed countless historical mines and prehistoric rock art sites. Over time, I noticed they were being vandalized. History was disappearing. I decided to document and share what sites I could. Please take only photos and leave only footprints. Respect what you find. Give others the joy of discovery.

This website only shows a fraction of the places that I've been to. My photo collection contains over 120,000 photos. I am working on posting old trips.

Please credit https://starbuck.org if you use my website to find places. Don't use my photos without permission.

Guest Authors

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Hugh Smith


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As of 2021, this is a paid subscription site.

If you like what I'm doing, please consider supporting me! My goal for the site is to make it sustainable and keep it ad-free.

For the price of a cup of coffee once a month you can help support this site and keep it going. Paid subscribers get full access to posts and photos. Selected trips also have GPS and Directions. I'm always adding more. See News for updates.

From servers to field equipment, it takes a lot to keep me out in the field, doing research and publishing these trip reports. Supporting me will significantly help keep this site going and not become yet another abandoned blog. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

Published Works


"Searching for Petroglyphs in the Cottonwoods", Panamint Breeze. June 2011.

Photos published in

  • Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Flyer. 2013.
  • Ecology Letters. "Applying trait-based models to achieve functional targets for theory-driven ecological restoration" by Daniel Laughlin. 2014.
  • "Religious Symbolism in Eastern California Ghost Dance Rock Paintings" by Alan Gold. 2014.
  • "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words", Friends of the Public Land Cabins. 2015.
  • "Historical Sites in Joshua Tree Closed Due to Theft of Artifacts" by David Halligan, The Survivor, Fall 2016.
  • "Ancient Universal Language of Man" by Chris Hegg. 2015.
  • TRACCE Rock Art Bulletin by Maarten van Hoek. 2015 & 2018.
  • "Tybo, Nevada" by Robert McCracken and Jeanne Sharp Howerton. 2016.
  • "The Cosmological Connections to Rock Art in the Great Basin and California". Western Carolina University. by Samantha Clark, Clara Ennis, Brittany Hormel, and Kaley Kelly. Poster. 2019.
  • "Skidoo, The true story of a mail-order bride in the mining camp of Reveille, Nevada" by Jeanne Sharp Howerton. 2021.