Holbrook Prospect

I stumbled across this remote mining prospect and cabin site in the wilds of Death Valley. I’ve looked through my research books but couldn’t find any information on this place. Judging by the debris, the cabin dates from the 1950s or earlier, but I’m only guessing. Someone lived here for a while, though, and developed this prospect. No one has been here for a long time. I certainly didn’t see any modern trash or even any footprints.

The site consists of a fallen-over wooden cabin, a few glass jars, cans, a bed frame, part of a couch, and the remains of an old Holbrook propane stove. Above the cabin is a small copper prospect consisting of two short shafts and the remains of an ore chute. I suspect there used to be an ore bin at the mine, but judging by the heavy timber washed down the canyon, it was destroyed long ago by a flash flood.


This type of trip is my favorite; a long and interesting walk in a desolate country. Travelers who wander out here will be rewarded, not only with the remains of a mysterious mine site but also with a short section of narrows and some very colorful geology. Please leave everything you find for the next explorer to discover.