Last Chance Canyon Drive

Ridgecrest, California 93555

Last Chance Canyon Drive

Last Chance Canyon Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"American Indians occupied the canyon for thousands of years, leaving numerous archaeological sites throughout the area, which is famous as well for colorful cliffs of sedimentary and volcanic rock. In 1893 gold was found in the area, spurring a variety of mining activities. Miscreants, eccentrics, squatters, prospectors and filmmakers found their way here in the decades to come. Some left behind structures of historic importance. The Bureau of Land Management is developing the Bonanza Trail, a route that will highlight the area’s historic sites. See Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
2-3 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Saltdale NW, Garlock; ACSC Central Coast, BLM’s Cuddeback Lake, CRRA
Local Maps

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