Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Queen Ranch

The Desert Queen Ranch site lies in the Hidden Valley area of the park south of the Wonderland of Rocks. The site was the homestead of William "Bill" Keys, a Russian immigrant who came to the area in 1910. Keys began working at the Desert Queen Mine and eventually acquired the property, which included mill, mine and a few acres around them. He homesteaded and raised a family in the area with his wife, Frances. Since his death the site has been given to the National Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open daily for ranger guided tours. Tickets can be purchased through the reservation office or at Oasis Visitor Center.

Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive , Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277, Phone: 760-367-5529, Fax: 760-367-6392


Directions from Oasis Visitor Center: Follow Highway 62 westward to Quail Springs Road. Turn left on Quail Springs Road and follow it several miles to the turn off for Hidden Valley Campground. Turn left toward the campground, but pass it looking for the spur road that leads north to Keys Ranch.