Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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Dublin Gulch is a unique collection of old miners' homes constructed into the solidified volcanic ash just outside of the town of Shoshone, California.

The exact years these homes were built has been lost to history, though it is believed that miners lived in them during a local silver boom. After the miners left, others moved in and continued to occupy the homes. By the 1970s, the homes were largely abandoned.

It is possible to reach Dublin Gulch by car or on foot, as it lies a quarter-mile up a rough dirt road beside the Shoshone Cemetery. There is plenty of parking for walkers on the wide pullout of Highway 127 immediately south of the town post office. Cars that make the drive up to the homes can park at a small gravel parking area.

Homes were built into the rock, with some containing fireplaces, chimneys that come out of the top of the stone, multiple rooms, and even garages. Outside the cluster of homes, waste and the remains of an outhouse used by those who lived here dot the adjacent land.

It is not possible to enter the Dublin Gulch Cave Houses, however, with a good flashlight, visitors are able to get a good view inside through screen windows. Similar to Dublin Gulch is Castle In Clay, which stands just east of Shoshone. Hikers can also walk the 3-mile Shoshone Historic Loop Trail, which passes Dublin Gulch. There are no amenities and little shade at Dublin Gulch. All amenities are available in shops in Shoshone. Visitors to Dublin Gulch can get more information from the nearby Shoshone Museum.

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Parking Pass



Unique and interesting.


No shade.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


Historically significant
Family friendly


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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