Lost Horse Mine, Joshua Tree National Park

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Lost Horse Mine is located in Joshua Tree National Park. To visit Lost Horse Mine on your holiday in Joshua Tree National Park, and find out what else Joshua Tree National Park has to offer, use our Joshua Tree National Park visit planner .
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  • You have to love the market because the path is long, so well predict water especially in summer after the mine in it even it is not extraordinary, but it should go up until at the top of the Hill, and you have a point of seen extraordinary.
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  • A little planning will made this a great hike. From the parking area the mine works are about 2 miles of slight elevation change trail. Most people go to the mine ruins, then return the same way.The L...  more »
  • I hiked the full loop & finished as the sun was setting. It is a peaceful hike, but you will work up a sweat during the first portion. Bring some water & your camera!  more »
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  • Parking is difficult as the road leading up to the hike is a dirt road. The mine is an impressive payoff after some winding trails through desert hills.
  • Remarkably underwhelming. There is very little that makes up this abandoned mine, and the one building that might be considered interesting is behind a chain link fence. We were very disappointed after hiking two miles to get there. The hike out here is equally underwhelming. Not much to see on the hike in except a vast empty expanse full with low shrubs. Very few Joshua Trees on the way. It was nice to take a long hike, but I’m sure if we had looked a bit harder we would have found something much more interesting.
  • Beautiful, historical mine. It's quite a long hike until there (I would say a bit less than 2 miles), on a well-marked trail. Bring enough water and suncream. The mine itself was operated until 1936, and is a landmark-ed example of small-scale western mining technology. It is hazardous and thus closed to the public, but the view on the mine is unaltered by the fence
  • Do the whole loop its nice and brisk.
  • Interesting spot to rest and walk around.

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Where to stay in Joshua Tree National Park

If you want to spend the night in Joshua Tree National Park, grab a tent and head for one of the numerous campgrounds scattered throughout the park. Some campgrounds feature a reservation system while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. A couple also provide potable water, but most do not. To sleep on a mattress and pillow with a roof over your head, stay in one of the towns surrounding the park. The towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms offer a number of inns and motels in a tranquil desert setting. West of the park, the options expand into the resort area of Palm Springs. Here you'll find everything from high-end spas and resorts to chain hotels, small inns, and bed and breakfasts. The park is situated about two hours from Los Angeles (if there's no traffic), making a day trip from the city another possibility.
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