By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Have you been to Mitchell Caverns in Essex? Although the caverns are still closed to the public due to COVID, you can explore the Permian limestone cave through a unique 3D virtual tour.
Designated as a U.S. National Natural Landmark in 1975, Mitchell Caverns is located in Providence Mountains State Recreation Area. The caverns gained popularity in 1934, when Jack and Ida Mitchell opened a resort here, which remained active through 1954.
As you explore the two main caves, El Pakiva and Tecopa, you’ll discover formations including stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, lily pads, draperies, curtains and cave coral. The caves remain a cool 60 degrees throughout the year.
In addition to the caverns, other nearby activities include two 1/2-mile nature trails which offer breathtaking views of the landscape and a variety of unique desert plants.
Providence Mountains SRA is located 56 miles from Needles on Interstate 40, 116 miles east of Barstow, and 16 miles northwest of I-40 near Essex Road. For more information, please call (760) 928-2586 or visit them online.