Williams Well Road

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William's Well Road is at times lined with large healthy joshua trees and leads to Williams Well. The well, excavated in 1909, once provided water to several gold mines in the area. While the deep well shaft is still intact, 100 years have taken its toll, and the well is now dry and surrounded by ruins. Along the way, a gold mine is visible from the road and invites a closer look. Another exciting artifact is a failed pistachio tree orchard with mature trees that are now abandoned but with many trees still clinging to life. The ranch's ruins dot the once-thriving orchard. Williams Well Road is an easy trail needing only a 2-wheel drive high clearance vehicle. The road resides almost entirely on BLM land, and dispersed camping is available when following the guidelines of the BLM Barstow Field Office.