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town.cerro gordo [ghost town]

Photo Credit Copyright Paul Cloutier

CerroGordo is a high desert mining camp in the mountains, near Saline & Death Valley National Park. This place requires a high clearance vehicle to access on a bumpy county road. The whole town is private property, so you can drive through the town without permission (since it is a public road). To tour the buildings, park and walk around you have to make an appointment with the owner. The Caretaker can show you around if you have a prior arrangements. They ask for a small cash donation. A bunkhouse can also be rented for the night.
elevation: 8500'
population: 3
zip code: 93530


high desert mining area

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Inyo County
bordering Death Valley NP
East of US 395, off Hwy 136



  • Back Road Exploration
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Old Mines
  • Sand Dunes
  • Sightseeing
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Inyo National Forest
  • Death Valley Wilderness
  • Darwin Falls Wilderness
  • Olancha Dunes OHV
  • description:
    Historic and huge mining camp in the high deserts of Death Valley. Primitive ghost town on the edge of Death Valley NP border. A rugged dirt road leads 13 miles up to 8000' elevation, high in the Inyo mountains. On certain stormy or snowy winters 4x4 may be required to reach this location. Call for road conditions and reservations.

    nearby towns:
    Lone Pine
    Death Valley
    Panamint Springs

    View from Cerro Gordo

    Saline Valley Road



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