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Desert Caves, Caverns & Mines

Desert Caves, Caverns & Mines Overview

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California Desert Caves and mines include a cave in an ancient mountain range, mud caves and a long deserted ghost town mine. Desert Caves and mines are all uniquely interesting. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites of Mitchell Caverns. Navigate the maze of slot canyons at Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves. Walk into an abandoned silver mine at Calico Ghost Town. Most caves and mines hover around 60 degrees year round, making these underground attractions a great place to cool off on a warm summer day.

WARNING: Caves & mines can be dangerous and deadly. Please use caution and common sense when exploring a cave. Don't enter a cave without a light source and necessary safety equipment. Choose not to explore a cave if in doubt and stay alive.

WHITE-NOSE SYNDROME: Bat populations in the U.S. are suffering devastating losses due to White-Nose Syndrome. Learn about this disease before entering caves and see what you can do to prevent its spread.

Desert Caves, Caverns & Mines

Mitchell Caverns are located off Interstate 40 east of Barstow and literally out in the middle of nowhere. Spectacular limestone formations include stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, lily pads, draperies, curtains and popcorn. These are the only limestone caverns in the State Park System.

Mitchell Caverns
Essex Road
Baker, California 92309
(760) 928-2586

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Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves are located east of San Diego off Highway 78. Situated in Anza-Borrego State Park, the mud caves were formed by heavy flash flooding over a period of 5 million years. These slot canyons and large crevices include Plunge Pool Cave, Hidden Cave and many more. Terrain includes fossils and interesting mineral formations. Stop in to the State Park headquarters for information, directions and guide services to the caves.

Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves
Anza-Borrego State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, California 92004
(760) 767-5311

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Calico Ghost Town is located at the intersection of Calico and Ghost Town Roads off Interstate 15. These are the remnants of an actual town and silver mine abandoned many years back and now a tourist attraction. A small portion of the mine remains open to the public. If you have young kids, Calico is a really fun place to experience a day in an Old Western town. Many other activities include a narrow gauge railroad and gun fight reenactments by stunt men dressed in period clothing. POW!

Calico Ghost Town
Calico & Ghost Town Roads
Calico, California 92398

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