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Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Essex, CA 92332
+1 760-928-2586
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So glad they're open again!

It was a good tour with a knowledgeable ranger. This was my 3rd cave. My only complaint was that... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Backpacker_0905
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San Luis Obispo, CA
GREAT CAVERNS

One of the best caverns we have visited in the western US. There is not much to see or do at the... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
707clayg
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Lomita, California
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California's most remote state park contains the only limestone caves in the state park system.
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Essex, CA 92332
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

It was a good tour with a knowledgeable ranger. This was my 3rd cave. My only complaint was that due to the ranger wanting to talk so much, the tour was a little too long for me. Was suppose to 1.5 hours but ended up...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

One of the best caverns we have visited in the western US. There is not much to see or do at the park if you do not take the cavern tour. Make sure you get reservations for a tour before you go (see the website...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Took the cavern tour in January 2018. Be sure to register in advance for one of these tours. Its a long way to drive and its unlikely you'll get tour spots if you don't have a reservation. The part of the cavern that you tour...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

In an effort to clarify some misconceptions I will write a few different reviews. The Providence Mountains State Recreation Area is  a large area within the Mojave Desert. It is accessible from Essex Road north of I 40.  Contained within the PMSRA is the Mitchell Cavern...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

I make it a point to visit this area when I am in Laughlin area. I have visited Mitchell Caverns couple of times before the closure due to budget cuts in 2011. Caverns opened to Public is one of the complex Caverns system lies in...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

We drove 168 miles to reach this amazing place. Although it's kind of tired and bit rush, we got a great tour guide who brought a useful and interesting tour to a group of 18. Make sure you make a reservation and read the direction...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The main attraction are the just recently re-openend Mitchell Caverns. It is great little gem of a cavern and easily accessible. There is a short and mostly level hike from the ranger station. Andy, the ranger leading the tours, is very knowledgeable about the caverns...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, Essex, California, is the Gem Of California State Parks.

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Reviewed 17 December 2015

For anyone interested, the Providence State Recreation Area access from here has been closed for several years. Over the last few years I have tried to access them without any success. Essex Road past Black Canyon Road is not maintained and is dubious in spots....More

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Gail M
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Response from Candace S | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. There are really no dirt roads in the State Recreation Area. And you're surrounded by Mojave National Preserve. Typically the Park Service doesn't allow ATVs on roads in their lands. But you can contact The... More
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