Red Rock Canyon
If one goes on Highway 14 past Red Rock Randsburg Road it leads into the area of Red Rock Canyon. In the past prospecting was done in this area however it is no longer allowed now. Some big sized nuggets have been found in this area in the past. Then, near seven miles from Red Rock Randsburg on Highway 14 there is a dirt road on the left side that will take you to an opal mine. This mine is a private claim. In the past the owner used to allow people to look for opals for a small charge.
Tips for prospectors
Almost all of the gold that is in the El Paso Mountains consists of placer gold and can now be located in gravel benches on the canyon walls. In the past the miners used to retrieve it from the washes that had been washed down from the gravel benches. In order to get gold in this area now, it is necessary to work on bedrock. Some prospectors have found some quartz veins in this area and have worked them successfully. The gold quartz veins in this area occur in granite and schist. This area also has jasper, agate, palm, petrified wood, and opal to be found.
Tales of treasures
Probably one of the most known of and essential treasure tales of the El Paso Mountains is that of the Lost Goler Miner. Nobody is really sure how the story really goes and there are various versions of it. However, given the fact that there are two stories of men whose names just so happen to be Goler, it probably leads to this type of confusion in the tales. However, basically one of the versions of the story says that a man by the name of Goler was prospecting in the mountains located farther east. He was on his way back to San Bernardino to get some supplied and on his way there stopped to get some water from a stream that ran in a canyon on the south side of the El Paso Mountains. The man bent down to refresh himself with some water when he saw there were gorgeous gold nuggets in the water. He said the stream had tons of them. Since he did not have the necessary tools and supplies to mine the gold, he picked up what he was able to and went over to San Bernardino. His idea was to get enough provisions for a few months supply and then go back and mine the gold. As he was heading to San Bernardino it is said he struck his riffle in the ground so he would be able to recognize where he had found this rich placer. He went to San Bernardino and celebrated his find by drinking with some of the guys. He continued drinking and drinking for several weeks straight. Once he was sober, he decided he would go back to his precious treasure in the mountains. When he was ready and on his way, the area got hit with one of the most terrible storms forcing him to remain in San Bernardino. When the storms calmed down, he set back out search for his beloved treasure but found that the storm had completely altered all of the landmarks he has set up. The storm and his excessive drinking spree caused him to lose memory of where the small canyon was. He never found it again and it is said he wondered around the hills for years and was never seen again after awhile. Many years later a rancher claimed to have found a rusted rifle struck in the ground close to a mound near Red Rock Canyon. The rifle is said to have looked very similar to Goler’s. This area has been known to have had a great amount of gold in the past and most likely it was in the El Paso Mountains as that is where Goler proceeded to search for the rest of his days.