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Leaving the safety of the well-lit streets lies a place of mystery and isolation. Nestled between Anaheim and Irvine resides the infamous Black Star Canyon.  Known as "Canyon de los Indios" (Canyon of the Indians) for hundreds of years before the late 1870's. For decades stories have circulated of mysterious lights, ghostly apparitions, and perhaps something sinister. A place of safety for some,  turns into a massacre site for others. Join naturalist, local historian and canyon resident, Joel Robinson on this two-hour tour into the history, mystery, and the macabre that is Black Star Canyon. Haunted Orange County strongly recommends sturdy comfortable shoes. A single light will be provided. 

This is a moderate walk with some uneven footing and attendees should be in reasonable health to attend. Night time temperature in the canyon can vary as much as 20 degrees cooler than the city, so we recommend that you dress in layers especially in the fall or winter months. 


Tickets are $24 per person

Non - refundable 

Attendees must be 18+ 

unless accompanied by an adult

Private tours available starting at $230. Can only be accommodated on evenings regular tours are not already scheduled. Click Here for details.

Fall & Winter tours depart promptly at 7:00 p.m. 
Please click on the ticket icon above, for upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets.

14587 Black Star Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA
(continue driving past this address marker until the road ends)  

The trailhead begins on Black Star Canyon Road. From Santiago Canyon Road, take Silverado Canyon Road. The first left is Black Star Canyon. This road ends at a gate, with ample free parking along the sides of the road.
DO NOT ARRIVE LATE. We cannot delay the tour for latecomers so please give yourself plenty of drive time.

14587 Black Star Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA

In the mid 1870's news of a mining strike in the Santa Ana mountains reached the public much later than news of the silver lodes of Madera in central California. This was the discovery of "a perfect bonanza of coal"in the canyon we now call Black Star. While there may be less glamour in unearthing a coal mine than one of silver, silver is an unrefined luxury; coal comes ready for use. At that time, coal was a necessity that found a quick market. As early as 1876 men by the names of Ed Honey and "Doc" Nimmo gathered sacks of coal on the surface of the grass field east of the mouth of Black Star. A year before that, Frank Carpenter, a half American, half Mexican, built an adobe in the canyon to become it's first resident. Carpenter new about the coal but put no value on it except for his own use. Later a man by the name of August Witte was not so indifferent. Coming into the canyon in 1876 to raise bees, he found the Carpenter family using coal in their home and got them to show him where it came from. Though a well known discovery by then, Witte saw its commercial potential, had the field surveyed and filed it the following April. Six months later, the Black Star Coal Mining Company was incorporated. Prior to 1867 the canyon had been know as "Canyon de los Indios"(Canyon of the Indians).

YOUR EXPERT GUIDE FOR THE EVENING, Joel Robinson -  Joel has guided thousands of curious individuals on professional wilderness tours since 2001. Many organizations and agencies have utilized his talents, including the US Forest Service, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlands Conservancy, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Los Padres Forest Association, Silverado Modjeska Park & Recreation District, Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project, City of Santa Ana, City of Lake Forest, and Orange County Department of Education. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation. He writes an environmental blog for OC Weekly.  He has been seen on Public Television, Nat Geo Wild, and Syfy Network.  His mission is to connect everyone to local wilderness in an effort to raise the level of environmental awareness and stewardship. He is also the founder, executive director, and head naturalist for Naturalist For You.

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