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Tumco Historic Mining Town Guided Hike 


Hikers explore what's left at Tumco.

Hikers explore what's left at Tumco.  Photo: BLM/E. Tanori

Remains of the cyanide vats.

Remains of the cyanide vats. Photo: David Zielinski


Location:  Tumco Historic Mining Town, Eastern Imperial County, California

Difficulty:  Easy hike along a non-maintained sandy trail, approx. 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Day or night, what remains behind tells the story of a boom to bust mining town.  It just may be a little bit creepier at night.  Join the park ranger under the full moon (for the night hike) and find out!   

Who's invited:  20 hikers are the limit.   Children under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Hike is free, but participation is by reservation.  

Hikers will meet the BLM Park Ranger at the Tumco kiosk.  From Interstate 8, follow Ogilby Road (S34) nine miles north.  Turn east at the Tumco sign, and follow the dirt route (suitable for 2WD vehicles) approximately 1/4 mile to the parking area and kiosk.  The hike will start here.

Check back for 2014/2015 hike schedule!
Night Hike:  Meet the park ranger at the kiosk at 6:45pm.  Headlamp/flashlight required for all hikers. Approx. 2-3 hours.

Day Hike:  Meet the park ranger at the kiosk at 8:00am.  Approx. 3-4 hours.