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Interesting mix of natural history and manufacturing

A drive through the towns can be depressing as the population is down greatly from the early boom... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Bart J
Kansas City, Missouri
Seatless valley, lake, and the Trona plants

Stop at the rest stop near the middle of town on the lake shore. The local historical society has... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2016
Janet W
Ridgecrest, California
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Southeast of Owens Lake, the salt in this dry lake is colored green by special bacteria.
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This forlorn campsite.....is desolate. The town has shrunk painfully, after being a 1 company town for a century. It's ghastly sad, boarded up. The air smells from the factory, and ....there are no minerals to bother picking up

1  Thank Charles K
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Held once a year on the second weekend in October and it is a fun event for the whole family! Bring cash. There are 3 field trips: 1) Saturday morning 9am - Mud Mineral field trip ($15 per car) - dig thru the mud to...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 1 May 2017

You cannot miss the lake if you go to see the Trona Pinnacles. It is very hot in the summer. The town of Trona is very sparsely populated and hosts the mining operations.

Reviewed 31 January 2017

Driving thru the town of Trona is a glimse of a mining town on it's way out. There is listed an Old Guest House Museum at 13194 Main st. However when we stopped by it was closed. The hours are Mon-Wed-Fri 9-12 and Tue-Thur-Sat 10-1...More

Thank 707clayg
Reviewed 12 January 2017

A drive through the towns can be depressing as the population is down greatly from the early boom era, but a stop at the Rest Area will provide a great deal of information about the area. Several groups have information boards here that provide a...More

Thank Bart J
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We passed Trona on our way from Ridgecrest, CA to Death Valley NP. Trona is nothing special, we didn't stop but it was interesting to see the lake and the mineral industries. Just before Trona (from Ridgecrest) it's possible to see the Trona Pinnacles, after...More

1  Thank paolovbossi
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Had to come to Trona on company business. The lake takes up a good portion of the Searles Valley and is mined for its mineral content. If you remember the TV show Death Valley Days and the 20 mule team wagons, this is where they...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 19 April 2016

We passed through Trona and the Searles Lake in our drive to Death Valley. The landscape is pretty impressive. Unfortunately we couldn't stop but it was interesting to see all the industries around the lake and the great white salty surface. On top of that...More

Thank barzies
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Stop at the rest stop near the middle of town on the lake shore. The local historical society has wonderful display panels that explain all the mining that has been going on at the lake since the Searles brothers discovered borax and shipped it by...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

You have to find gems and minerals at least a little interesting to do this weekend. With that said!! It is totally cool. The 1st field trip Saturday morning 9:00 (get there early like 7:00-7:30) is to this black mud. So expect to get really...More

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21 January 2018|
Response from Alex W | Reviewed this property |
The mineral mining is done inside the Searles Valley Mineral plant. I do not think they allow people to walk into their property at other times. The property is fenced and gated. They already have the dates for this year... More
Windy B
28 August 2017|
Response from SOCGAC | Reviewed this property |
I am doubtful that it would interest a 5 year old that much. One issue currently is the excessive heat. The temperature in Trona this time of year is fierce. Highs from 105 to 110 and lows never below 80 Degrees F. The... More