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“Skidoo Mill” 5 of 5 stars
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Skidoo Mill
Skidoo Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Ridgecrest, California
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“Skidoo Mill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

gotta know where it is, have to walk a bit, but well worth it; most of mill intact. fences. govt has tried to stabilize.

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“Mine Pit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

I love the Skidoo ghost town. I love it for the scenery and the alone-ness. I'm always intrigued by the metal netting covering one of the mine pits. Nice to just lumber around and investigate the area.

Visited October 2011
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“Wonderfully preserved mill and views of Death Valley.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

My husband and I visited Death Valley over the 2011 Thanksgiving weekend. We drove out to see the Skidoo townsite in our 2008 Subaru Forester not realizing that there is nothing there to see except the informational placard. As we sat there eating lunch and contemplating our next move, another Subaru came down the road and we asked them if there was anything worth seeing up ahead.

We were told that if we continued on the road between the hills that we would come to a locked gate. A short walk past the gate would be Skidoo Mill. We followed their advice and found the Mill which is being preserved so there is still quite a bit of it left. Its location above Death Valley is very photogenic and it made the trip worthwhile.

The Mill is located off Skidoo Road via an approx. 1/4 mile one-track road (there is no room for passing, it is cut into the hillside). When you leave the Skidoo townsite, you will first see a road that climbs into the hills on your left, bypass it and stay on the main road between the hills. A little further on, Skidoo Road starts to climb on the right side of a canyon. At this point, there is also a flatter road to the left and that is the one you want (this is the one-track road).

Since we knew no one was currently at the mill, and we did not need to worry about someone coming from the mill toward us, we continued on. At one point, there was a bump in in the road and, unfortunately, we were slanted to the outside of the hill at the time (fairly disconcerting). There is enough room in front of the gate for about 3 vehicles with a little room left to turn around. We turned the SUV around and pointed out in case someone else arrived while we were there.

I mention all this because I don't think that the average tourist would want to actually drive down this track. But since is only about a quarter mile (and fairly level), it is definitely worth the walk to get to the mill. It was very well-preserved compared to some of the other mills we saw in Death Valley. It is marked closed for preservation conservation so you cannot climb on it.

After I got home, I got a Google map picture and marked it to give an idea of the road where the mill is located.

The following is information provided by the park service about Skidoo Road: "High clearance 2WD. 11 mile gravel road off Emigrant Canyon Road is graded annually to Skidoo Town site (no visible remains of the town site). After the first 3 1/2 miles, grade increases with rocks protruding from the road surface. Caution is necessary for sedans to negotiate without risking undercarriage damage. After the climb the road is narrow and steep on one side with occasional rocks in the road. Beyond the town site, roads are not maintained. Roads subject to snow and mud conditions. Watch for other vehicles on blind curves. Two access roads to the mill are gated and locked. Access is by foot only. No camping, day use only."

Visited November 2011
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