Queen of Sheba Mine - Death Valley National Park

Furnace Creek, California (Inyo County)

Last Updated: 02/23/2019
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3.84 miles
Highest Elevation: 258 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Furnace Creek
Nearest Town w/ Services: Furnace Creek
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Death Valley National Park
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Highlights

Highlight: Queen of Sheba Mine - Death Valley National Park
This easy 4x4 route to the Queen of Sheba Mine follows the original haul road and was in limited commercial use as recently as the 1970's. Total production of the Queen of Sheba has reportedly been 5,000,000 lbs. of lead, 100,000 ozs. of silver, 1,500 ozs. of gold, and 146,000 lbs. of copper. There are extensive mine ruins, and several 2 track trails to explore around the Queen of Sheba Mine. The town and camp of Carbonite sprang up around 1900 near the Carbonite Mine site which is a short distance away. There are no ruins of the town visible.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Proceed straight ahead. The road ahead of you goes to the Queen of Sheba Mine.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Furnace Creek, CA

From the North - The trailhead is located on West Side Road approximately 26.4 miles Southwest of the intersection of Badwater Road and the Northern terminus of West Side Road. From the South - The trailhead is located on West Side Road approximately 10.2 miles Northwest of the intersection of Badwater Road and the southern terminus of the West Side Road.

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Brian Hoag

Mapping Crew - Nevada

Brian has been 4 wheeling since 1976. He first learned at age 7 that "The best things in life are dirty" in a brand new 1958 Jeep FC-170 on his aunts Nebraska farm. That forward control pickup seemed like it would go anywhere and he was hooked, even though he didn't know it yet. Jump forward to 1972... Brian's first duty assignment in the US Air Force was as a vehicle operator assigned to the USAF Survival School at Spokane, Washington. Part of his duties required hauling equipment and transporting vehicles to a remote training area in northern Washington national forest locations, and he often would be asked to take radio equipment to a mountaintop radio antenna site. The road was awful, or at least seemed that way in a 1967 6 passenger Dodge Power Wagon with 45 lbs of pressure in the tires, but it also hooked Brian on backcountry 4x4 exploration. Brian's first 4x4 was a used '76 Ford F150 pickup. It didn't take very long to figure out that the long wheelbase of the pickup didn't work well on the narrow Colorado trails near his home, so he traded for a brand new 1983 Chevy Blazer S10. The S10 was a nice vehicle, but it wasn't a Jeep, and that was what Brian ultimately wanted. Well, it didn't take long to move over to the Jeep brand, and Brian has been the proud owner of 7 Jeeps of one sort or another over the years. Brian has been 4 wheeling from Mexico to Alaska. After moving from Colorado, he ended up in southern Nevada where his current home is completely surrounded by public lands with thousands of miles of back roads and trails to explore. He looks forward to sharing some of the best 4x4 trails in California's Death Valley National Park, and southern Nevada's mountain and desert locations
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