Chloride City

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, California

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Chloride City


  • The start of the road to Chloride City.- Chloride City
  • The snow-clad Sierra Nevada mountains can be seen in the far distance!- Chloride City
  • Death Valley below.- Chloride City
  • James McKay's grave.- Chloride City
  • This is the most-intact building at Chloride City.- Chloride City
  • A closed mine shaft.- Chloride City
  • The Chloride City site is very remote.- Chloride City
  • Collapsed mine shafts have been closed off.- Chloride City
  • This shelter has been stabilized to preserve it.- Chloride City
  • Artifacts in this underground shelter.- Chloride City
Overview + Weather
Interesting mine site. Beautiful views.
Very rough road.
Death Valley, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Chloride City was established in 1905 as part of the explosion of mineral discoveries and mining in the Death Valley area in the late 18th century. Located in the aptly-named Funeral Mountains, what remains of Chloride City today is accessible by a seriously challenging dirt road off the highway between Beatty, Nevada, and Death Valley National Park. There is not much of a city left, but there are several mining remnants, closed-off mining shafts and collapsed wooden buildings. There is also the grave of one James McKay. There are other mine remnants scattered in the area, so there is much to explore for those who are willing to hike a bit.

The road to Chloride City is an adventure in itself, winding about 7 miles from Daylight Pass Road. It is narrow, steep and deeply rutted in many segments and is only suitable for high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles. This site is so challenging to get to that it will be primarily be interesting to people who like driving rough roads or who are old mine enthusiasts.

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