Keane Wonder Spring

Death Valley, California 92328

Keane Wonder Spring

Keane Wonder Spring Professional Review and Guide

"This nearly level trip takes you to the spring that was essential to the Keane Wonder Mine and mill operations. The area has many traces of mining activities of the last century. Like Keane Wonder Mine, the spring is also closed (2016) pending cleanup by the park service. Check with the Furnace Creek Visitor Center as to its status.

The Keane Wonder Mine complex was at its height in the gold boom from 1906 to 1912. It was resuscitated by optimistic prospectors and investors several times. The most recent renaissance was in 1935–1937 when cyanide leaching of the mine tailings took place on the site. The tanks used for that operation still stand below the parking area."

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"Keane Wonder Springs are a very interesting set of warm springs flowing out of the base of the Funeral Mountains in eastern Death Valley National Park. These springs were harnessed to provide water for the Keane Wonder Mill during its operation. A pipeline from this period still remains, though the water itself has been allowed to flow naturally again. There are several warm springs in the area, the largest of which is at the bottom of a shaft. Stay away from the opening of this shaft! There are no bathing opportunities at Keane Wonder Springs, but it is worth a visit if you are in this part of Death Valley."

"A nearly level trip to the spring that was essential to the Keane Wonder Mine and mill operations. This mining wasteland is also full of wildlife. Heavy bighorn sheep use is evident from the droppings on the damp spring banks. Birds and crickets create a symphony of sound in the desert stillness. The amazing thing about the Keane Wonder Spring hike is its plethora of mine sites. The Keane Wonder Mine was heralded to be the richest gold strike in Death Valley, attracting a multitude of hopeful miners. At its height nearly five hundred prospectors were working in the area. Thus, everywhere you look, there’s another mine mouth with its tailings dripping down the hillside. Mine tunnels like rabbit holes cut through the ridges and disappear into mountainside. Curious children and adults should avoid all mines."

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
October through April
Season
Hot Springs
Features
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Chloride City-CA
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018