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Cerro Gordo Mines

1 Cerro Gordo Road, Keeler, CA 93530
+1 760-689-2443
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Took the 7 mile, 8000 foot climb to the mining town of Cerro Gordo. The road is a blast to drive... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Ann W
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Amazing place with amazing host! Although CG IS not the biggest ghost cities in the US, its one of... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Katarzyna Ż
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Cerro Gordo is a privately owned Mining Town located in the Owens Valley near Lone Pine, California. The town was the silver thread to Los Angeles, being partially responsible for its growth and economic development. It features original buildings and artifacts relevant to the town and is open for guided tours, photography groups, mineral and rock groups, schools and historical groups. There are NO OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS. Tour fees are $10.00 per person, kids 5-12 are free. All proceeds go to the Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation 501(c)3founded to preserve and improve the townsite of Cerro Gordo.  Our goal is to continually upgrade amenities and keep the town intact to be enjoyed and explored as a true historical site in California. All visitors must check in and sigh a waiver.
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1 Cerro Gordo Road, Keeler, CA 93530
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Took the 7 mile, 8000 foot climb to the mining town of Cerro Gordo. The road is a blast to drive, providing you have a 4 wheel drive with decent ground clearance. I highly recommend using low range if you have it, it is better...More

Thank Ann W
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing place with amazing host! Although CG IS not the biggest ghost cities in the US, its one of the best ones. As we've arrived to the place, we were welcomed by one of the niecest people on the planet! We were the only visitors...More

1  Thank Katarzyna Ż
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

You do need a high base vehicle, really a 4x4 to get to this place but it is worth it. Amazing history and stories about the place. In a way you don't want too many people visiting here as it would lose its individuality, but...More

2  Thank JohnD1979
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Possible a great little place full of character which we would enjoyed a lot more if we where not more concerned for our safety on getting back down again... This trip should be only attempted by anyone with a fear of heights and in a...More

1  Thank markdH4675GV
Cerro G, Owner at Cerro Gordo Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Thank you for the review markdH4675GV. We always recommend a 4x4 vehicle while driving up Cerro Gordo Road. You can arrange a tour by emailing us at cerrogordomines@gmail.com. We charge a $10.00 tour fee, kids 5-12 are free. ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN A WAIVER. All...More

Reviewed 20 June 2016

We were a four jeep convoy and took the Swansea Grade to the Salt Trams and beyond to Cerro Gordo. What a fun and challenging route full of views and history along the way. As we were leaving Cerro Gordo, one of the jeeps suffered...More

Thank CacheOn
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Robert has a passion for preservation and gave a wonderful tour and insight into the old mining community. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the mining aspects while I was taken by the sweeping views of the lake, Mt. Williamson and Mt. Whitney. Beware faint of heart,...More

Thank Teresa V
Cerro G, Owner at Cerro Gordo Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for the review Teresa V. The 501c3 is called the Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation. You can reach us at: Email: cerrogordomines@gmail.com Phone: (760) 689-2443 Website: cerrogordomines.com

Reviewed 29 February 2016

I was out there last summer, with a group of friends from a local rockhounding club. It was a really neat place to visit, and I'd like to return someday. I traveled in my F250 4WD, with a friend, and our three kids (ages 8-12...More

1  Thank M C
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

I've been to this 8,000 ft living ghost town before, but the current caretaker Bobby is a wealth of information I never knew. He is the town caretaker, miner and the only certified explosive man in the area. He has personally explored 20 miles of...More

2  Thank Early B
Cerro G, Owner at Cerro Gordo Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for the review Early B. The 501c3 is called the Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation. You can reach us at: Email: cerrogordomines@gmail.com Phone: (760) 689-2443 Website: cerrogordomines.com

Reviewed 13 September 2012

This is a great ghost town. last time I was there you could get a tour for a fee. They have been restoring the old buildings, great to see old stuff like this taken care of and not distroyed. This is a real part of...More

11  Thank KAHNMAN805
Cerro G, Owner at Cerro Gordo Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for the review KAHNMAN805. We charge a $10.00 tour fee, kids 5-12 are free. ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN A WAIVER. The 501c3 is called the Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation. The Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation was founded to preserve and improve the townsite of...More

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Pablo2381
19 November 2016|
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Response from arntrip |
There 2 weeks ago, The road is open and fine. Be sure to try the Crowbar Cafe in Shoshone.
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David P
24 May 2016|
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Response from arntrip |
At Keeler. The only east bound road from town. NOTE, Cerro Gordo is nowhere near Death Valley Junction.
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