Bonanza Gulch

Beautiful route that passes by an old mine, post office, and mining camps.

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Trail Overview

Step back in time on a beautiful desert trip through BLM limited-use land. You'll pass by white caverns at the Holly Ash Cleanser Mine, the historic Bonanza Gulch Post Office, old miners' cabins, Bickel Camp, and Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Green-sticker vehicles have many options to explore, but are required to stay on designated routes only. It is a illegal to take anything from historical sites.


Easy: Much of route is easy wide sandy road. Steep, narrow and rough as you descend through Bonanza Gulch. Soft sand in washes. Suitable for stock, high-clearance SUVs. Follow directions carefully. Easy to get lost.


Everyone is welcome at Bickel Camp, where you can spend hours looking at a large collection of mining artifacts and memorabilia, accumulated over a lifetime by the late prospector, inventor and humanitarian Walter Bickel. The camp is staffed by volunteers who watch over the camp 24-7. Learn more at

Access Description

From Highway 14, at a point about 35 miles north of Mojave and 0.3 miles north of mile post 50, turn east on well-marked EP15. Look for large sign for Burro Schmidt Tunnel.

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