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Go deep into Mitchell Caverns

One reason Route 66 is great is because you learn something new about it all the time.

This time, I’m talking about Mitchell Caverns, which is off Route 66 in the Providence Mountains of Southern California’s Mojave Desert. Inland Press-Enterprise columnist Mark Muckenfuss wrote about it today.

The reason not a lot of people know about it is because tours are conducted only on weekends during the summer. It’s also not an attraction in itself — it’s part of the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area. The Mitchell family ran the caverns from the 1930s until the 1950s, when the patriarch died. has an excellent summary of Mitchell Caverns. The U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service site has excellent photos of the caverns.


2 thoughts on “Go deep into Mitchell Caverns

  1. teenamarie

    i like the caverns,and would like to go and see it.can we see all or are they open to us . best time, need to know more.

  2. Ron

    Here’s the info from the Providence Mountains State Recreation area, which contains Mitchell Caverns:

    Tour Schedule
    Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day
    Weekends 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM
    Weekdays 1:30 PM
    1:30 PM Daily
    (No tours Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day)

    The telephone number there is 760-928-2586

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