Butte Valley Mystery Shelter

Depending on what old-timer you talk too, the creator of this ‘fallout’ shelter seems to differ. Many say it has its roots with the notorious Charles Manson when he roamed these parts; others say a former National Park Service volunteer staying at a cabin in the valley below stashed his supplies here away from the prying eyes of desert travelers; and a few believe the shelter was that of a rouge Park Service Ranger who patrolled the more desolate parts of the park.

Whether it was Manson’s Helter Skelter hideaway hole, or just a cache for locals, on a chilly winter day in 2010 Guy and myself setout exploring the high country of Butte Valley in search of this rumored shelter…

As with any hidden gem of history, if you happen across this shelter, enjoy and share among only true friends, as sites like this are vanishing due to vandalism every day!

Ah, what have we here? Ah, what have we here?
A little bit of work reveals a small opening to? A little bit of work...
Who knows the last time this concrete lid was removed! Who knows the last t...
It's going to be a tight fit in! It's going to b...
Just inside the opening we discover this lantern and know we found what we were looking for! Just inside the open...
A lone boot. A lone boot.
Guy heads further back in. Guy heads further ba...
Looking deep into the shelter, it is a tight squeeze past all the rubbage. Looking deep into th...
Guy takes the lead. Guy takes the lead.
We find a water tank filled with men's, women's and children's clothing. We find a water tank...
Time, moisture and rats have destroyed the majority of this vintage 1970's clothing. Time, moisture and r...
Some metal cabinets. Some metal cabinets.
A spool of strap wire and some wooden crutches. A spool of strap wir...
What have we here? What have we here?
Ah, some vintage Budweiser! Ah, some vintage Bud...
The single most important survival tool, toilet paper! The single most impo...
A set of steel lockers for storage. A set of steel locke...
Hmmm, wheat germ oil & honey shampoo! Hmmm, wheat germ oil...
Probably still good! Probably still good!
Snoopy is a friend of mine! Snoopy is a friend o...
More beer! More beer!
Ah, Schlitz! Ah, Schlitz!
A live capture cage for small critters. A live capture cage ...
Making the first entry, Guy signs the logbook. Making the first ent...
Looking back out. Looking back out.
My turn to exit the shelter. Photo by Guy Starbuck. My turn to exit the ...
Squeeze! Photo by Guy Starbuck. Squeeze! Photo by Gu...
Time to cover the shelter back over. Going... Time to cover the sh...
...going... ...going...
...Gone! ...Gone!
End of another days hike! End of another days ...

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