Mojave Desert Mojave Desert Index Ghost Towns Desert Warning Cima Dome Desert Tortoise Natural Area Red Rock State Park Baker Barstow Zzyzzx Amboy Crater Searles Lake Mitchell Caverns Rainbow Basin

Mitchell Caverns
These Caves were first used by a prehistoric sloth, who happened to slip in accidentally. Needless to say he didn't survive and his remains were discovered, much like the sloth that was found in the Grand Canyon Caverns. Kind of gives you the idea that if you were a sloth, you would find a cave, in the same way that a tornado always seems to find the trailer park. The caves, yes there is more than one, were then the shelter of early Native Americans to the area. There were many archaeological discoveries made at the sites, including, Chemehuevi caches, tools and fire pits. Mitchell Caverns got its name form a silver prospector named Jack Mitchell who thought that these Caves, that are 65° year round, would make a nice tourist trap...uh, I mean attraction. He was right, because it was the only way to escape the heat from old route 66 between the two hottest cities in the nation at the time, Baker and Needles. This is now a state park and operates Sept 16 through June 15 for tours. These caves have many stalagmites and stalactites, and is very picturesque. There are picnic facilities in the park. The summer tours on the weekends start at 1:30pm and are limited to 25 people. They do often sell out, so pack a lunch and get there about an hour early to get your tickets.

Getting There-
Las Vegas to Mitchell Caverns

Take US route 93/95/I-215 south to US 95 junction south. Take US-95 to I-40 west. Take I-40 to Essex Rd. north (right). Take Essex Rd and fallow signs to Providence Mountain State Recreation Area and Mitchell Caverns. There are no services along I-40 to Mitchell Caverns, so be sure to bring enough gas and provisions for the trip.

Back to:
Main Index
Contacting Us
After You Strip Index
Headings After You've Stripped Lake Mead Region Grand Canyon Region Southern Utah Region Mojave Desert Region Las Vegas Metro Sedona Region Spring Mountain Region Death Valley Region copyright ©  1997-2004
Last revised:March 10, 2004

free hit counter