I just realized that although I've been to this spot many times, I've never posted anything about it. The Wonderland Ranch ruins are sometimes referred to as the "Ohlson Ranch." Other than the name, there is very little known about it. It's in a great place and makes me imagine what it would have been like to live there.
Despite the fact that this place is very close to one of the main tourist draws in the park, very few people visit it.
This ranch house was very isolated "back in the day." The round stone lined pit in the foreground appears to be a water cistern.
My granddaughter Tay (who most of you know by now) standing by the fireplace. Despite being in the desert, it gets VERY cold here. I'm sure people stood right there to keep warm.
Speaking of cold, that is my bundled up wife, in the lower middle. This photo is from a different visit to the same place. It was about 25 degrees on this day.
Over the years, visitors have been placing small, found items on this wall.
Part of a small can dump near the house. There are many more in the area.
This small stone structure once had what looked like a metal oven, or grill on it. The metal part was on it until several years ago. I looked around for it, but it has vanished.
At ground level, you can see many Joshua Trees around it.
An old truck near the ranch house.
Not many exciting things to write about from this spot, but it's still a great part of the local history. More than worth the small effort it takes to get there.