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Lost Horse Mine, Joshua Tree National Park

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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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  • We hiked the loop trail (6.2 miles) which was a lot of steep up and down for the first half. A narrow trail heads up the hill to the old mining equipment and building foundations...a great place for a...  more »
  • Always looking for a hike that meets several criteria, (1) ends in an interesting destination, (2) long enough to be great exercise but not exhaust you completely say 2 to 5 miles, (3) does not overdo...  more »
  • The loop is about 6 miles, with the mine about 2 miles in. Actual mine isn't super impressive, but the hike is a good one. We did see a big horn sheep on the mountain, which was awesome. Highly recomm...  more »
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  • 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
  • Nice easy hike on well marked trail.
  • A great hike in an inhospitable environment, with a bit of history of the modern western settlers.
  • Such a great hike but very hot!!! Bring lots of water and some snacks. It's a great place to explore once you get there but there is absolutely zero shade the entire time.
  • A very nice hike that culminates with an old-timey gold mine.