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Inyo Mine, Echo Pass

Drive past Eye of the Needle into Inyo Mine on this fun trip.

Total Miles

14

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Elevation
4,857'
Duration
8 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Fall - Spring

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Inyo Mine, Echo Pass
There are some great standing structures and mining ruins along the first part of this trail. You'll encounter at least one really challenging obstacle on the second half and finish on a high scenic pass. You'll need a park pass for this one, and street-legal vehicles only.
History
Inyo Mine is a favorite spot for visitors because it has structures still standing. Gold was discovered here in 1905. Water had to be hauled in from Furnace Creek, so production costs were high. Despite good ore, the mine shut down in 1912. Another attempt was made between 1932 and 1938 when a 25-ton crushing mill was built. In 1907, the town included a boarding house, blacksmith shop and company store. Lack of water doomed the mine.
Getting There
From the intersection of Highway 190 and Badwater Road south of Furnace Creek, continue 2.1 miles southeast on Highway 190. Watch for a gravel road on left. Everything is gravel so the road blends in. After you turn, look for sign with Jeep symbol.
Contact for Current Conditions
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA
(760) 786-3200