Deep in the Mojave Desert, a portal to the past remains at Keys Ranch.

The pioneer spirit is strong at this preserved homestead and mine, where rancher and miner Bill Keys built nearly everything—from the chicken coup to the chimney—by hand. Now a National Historic Site, the ranch offers visitors a glimpse into California’s pioneer past. See history come to life as Wander List host Anndee Laskoe ventures into the depths of Joshua Tree National Park to discover the treasures of Keys Ranch.

Note: Keys Ranch admission is restricted to guided walking tours provided by the park. For more information and to reserve your tour, click here.