Wonderland Ranch


A pink house standing alone in the desert? You might think the heat and isolation are playing tricks upon your mind, but this is no rabbit-hole or looking-glass fantasy -- just the crumbling ruin of the Wonderland Ranch. I do not know who lived here so far from civilization, or when, but they were evidently hard-working and resourceful. A boulder in the wash behind the pink house contains the remains of a "natural icebox" built into a small cave, next to an Indian grinding hole. The wash continues north into the Astro Domes, a popular rock climbing area in the Wonderland of Rocks. Other historical sites nearby are the Wall Street Mill and the Desert Queen Ranch.

Wonderland Ranch is located in the Queen Valley area of Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. The site is an easy quarter-mile walk along a trail which starts at the Wall Street Mill trailhead parking lot; the last half-mile of the road is well-graded dirt. There is a small entrance fee to the park.

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Date: March 10, 2007
Time: 12:50 p.m. PST
Camera: Kodak Z650 Zoom Digital
Exposure: Automatic

Revised: March 27, 2007
Copyright © 2007 Joe Orman
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