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Opal Canyon

Visit historic Cudahy Camp at the bottom of Last Chance Canyon.

Total Miles

5

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Elevation
3,288'
Duration
2 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Winter/ Spring/ Summer/ Fall

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Trail Overview
Opal Canyon
This is a great desert drive that weaves through Red Rock Canyon State Park. It then descends into the canyon where you'll be treated to amazing views of wonderfully colorful bluffs. There is no camping available along this trail. Please stay on the designated route. Green-sticker vehicles are permitted, but riders should have a driver's license.
History
Cudahy Camp housed about 12 miners who worked the Dutch Cleanser Mine from about 1923 to 1947. Pumicite was extracted from the mine and used to make Old Dutch Cleanser, a kitchen and bathroom scouring powder still manufactured today (but from a different mine location). The Dutch Cleanser Mine is located about 2 miles north of the camp. Ore was brought down the mountain by tram and trucked down Last Chance Canyon to the Pacific Railroad at Saltdale. In the late 1990s, Barnett Opal Mine was open to the public for a fee. When owner Barnett died, the mine became part of the park in 2005. In 2012, the park removed the road to the mine due to illegal activities. Today the mine is permanently closed to all.
Getting There
Take Highway 14 to mile marker 44 across from entrance to Dove Springs OHV Area. This is about 29 miles north of Mojave and 3.5 miles north of entrance to Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground and Visitors Center.
Contact for Current Conditions
Red Rock Canyon State Park
(661) 946-6092