In The Desert
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Palo Verde, California
I'm the big guy in the dark baseball cap and my wife is the lady in all light blue! I knew you needed to know that. This whole trip is South of Palo Verde, Ca. off of Rt. 78. The area on both sides of main road (Rt. 78) are interesting, because of the old relics, mines, and really neat off adventures to be found here. These day trips do require a 4 wheel drive and a knowledge of off-roading.
Download the Garmin GPS topo tracks
This is an active Maps.google Satellite Map. You can zoom in / out and change the formats to Street Map or Terrain; drag the map to scroll. Try it! Shown here - Gold Basin.
We went on several different day trips to these areas; here's one of the groups we traveled with. All Jeeps, except of course the lead vehicle. Just kidding? This photo shows an area just behind the Gold Basin and is so close that on many day trips we went to both locations. The Garmin topo track supplied here is only for the Gold Basin area, as it's very hard to find.
This photo was taken in the Gold Basin; which as you can see was an area that had been worked heavily back in the early 1900's. There is still a lot of grinding pools, tailings piles, and the remnants of old buildings in the area.
One of the many mines in the area. We didn't go in too far! But it was evident that they were taking a lot of rock out of the mines for processing. This area is not very well known; I found it while looking for places to go on Google Earth. What a neat way to find places in the desert.
Here's an old Hudson automobile we found in the area behind the Gold Basin. There are a lot of mines, relics, and tailings piles in this area also. I've included another Garmin GPS topo track here to get you into this area as well.
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A Hudson made in USA with a Baja registration and a date of April 20th 1911. Now where did this old Hudson come from? The old car shown above still had the flat head 6 cylinder engine in it!
A little farther up Rt. 78 toward Palo Verde is the Midway Well. It got it's name because it was the mid-way point to points North from Yuma, Az. The old windmill is still working!
The area to the West of the Midway Well is also a great area to explore. BUT be aware that once your back into the mountains (Chocolate Mts.) you'll be entering the Chocolate Mountains Live Fire Range. Area is NO TRESSPASSING! Fines for entering the area illegally are high; so don't go in there.
There are three different areas shown here, please refer to the GPS tracks for more on their locations. This whole area is worth exploring. You can load these GPS tracks onto the Google Earth map using the instructions found HERE