The road to the start of the trail is well used, as many people take it to visit the Castle Dome Mines Museum, which is located on the site of the historic Castle Dome Mine, now on private property. The museum is well worth a visit. You can view the interesting and historic mining relics that the owners have collected, primarily from the Castle Dome Mines but also from other mines in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge management has been removing mining equipment from some of the mines in order to retain the wilderness feel of the landscape. Much of the equipment has been relocated to the museum. There is a small entrance fee to the museum, which is housed in the old mining company headquarters building.
Special Attractions: Cabins and remains of Big Eye Mine; Colorado Mine and graves; Scenic desert trail within the remote Castle Dome Mountains; Wildlife-viewing opportunities. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
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