The main adit of the Giant Ledge Mine in the New York Mountains abandoned in the late 1920's produced some copper, silver and lead. The Mojave Preserve has these abandoned mines throughout the hills and mountain ranges and are a part of the history of the Preserve and serve as reminders of our recent past. Now these abandoned tunnels often serve as habitat for bats, nesting birds and rodents. Stay safe and stay out of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels!
This has gotta be one of the most beautiful places in the Mojave Preserve. Pinion pine, juniper, oak, and manzanitas are remnants of coastal scrub and chaparral plants from a cooler time. The diversity of plant and animal life on this canyon are proof that the desert is certainly not a dead wasteland.