The Dale Mining District or “The Saddle”: I’ve lived out here over 30 years, in Wonder Valley, and my opinion is that this area should be left as is. The park itself has so many thousands of acres, yet only a small portion of the park is used by the public.
I’m a recreational miner and I love the area. A lot of other people do, too, and a lot of clubs have claims in this area. As I said, I live in Wonder Valley. I live on a road that turns into wilderness area at the north end. I’m appalled at this area being a wilderness area. Who can use it? My grandchildren can’t use it. Handicapped people can’t use this area. Who can? Only long-distance hikers.
I am really against the park taking over the Dale Mining District area. I have heard that the park can take this area and still leave it accessible for mining, off-roading, camping, etc. My opinion is that once the park has their foot in the door, these privileges would be lost.