Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine in Joshua Tree

UFOs Prospecting in Joshua Tree National Park?

One of most amazing of the numerous Joshua Tree urban legends, has to be the story of the Barry Storm UFO jade mine.

But why?

Well, let’s list a few points of this fabulous story:

  • UFOs and aliens
  • Hollywood movies
  • The Men in Black
  • Ancient Aztec treasure
  • Mafia hitmen


Then watch this episode of Mojave Mysteries in which Author and host M.L. Behrman details the incredible story of a man who sought his fortune in the desert. And found it – with the help of aliens!

Who Was Barry Storm?

Barry Storm’s real name was John G. Climenson, a miner, prospector and adventurer from Arizona. He led gold prospecting trips for people, including former GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, from whom he took the name “Barry” before adding “Storm”.

He also wrote books on treasure hunting and lost mines. One of which was turned into a Hollywood movie entitled “Lust For Gold” starring Glen Ford and Ida Lupino. But Hollywood turned Storm’s stomach and he returned to the desert to seek his fortune.

Flying Saucers in Joshua Tree National Park

So, in the early 1950’s while out prospecting in the Pinto Basin area of what would later become Joshua Tree National Park, Storm struck gold.

Well, actually, he struck Jade. To be even more precise, he struck nephrite, which is a lower grade of Jade.

But it was HOW he found his mine of Jade that left people scratching their heads and has become one of Joshua Tree’s favorite urban legends.

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According to Storm, one day while out in the heat of the desert 3 flying saucers appeared and hovered over a distant ridge. Focusing a beam of light onto a small hill, they “informed” Storm via telepathy that he was to dig there.

And he did – finding a vein of jade and filing a claim to work it.

Barry Storm UFO Mine Entrance
The entrance to Storm’s old mine






Building a cabin and establishing himself for the next 20 years, Storm worked his mine.

Ancient Aztecs And The Men in Black

But as he worked his mine and aged, Storm began to grow a bit eccentric. He claimed his jade mine was the source of the fabulous jade ornaments and statues fashioned by the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. Although he might have thought so, scientists today can prove the jade artifacts in our museums came from Central America and not Storm’s mine.

He also claimed that the Men in Black, likely government operatives were keeping watch on him. Obviously because of his contact with the Aliens and UFO’s. The Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine had quite the reputation!

Then The Mob Came Around

The old man soon came to tell that there was a mob contract out on his life. Although why they should care about what happened way out in the desert of Joshua Tree is more of a mystery than the mine itself.

And sadly, old Barry Storm also said people were dropping in and stealing things from him. Something that unfortunately could have been quite possible. There is never a shortage of thieves in the desert and around mines rumored to be rich and producing.

The Final Curtain For The Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine

In 1971, poor old Barry Storm died in the VA hospital in Long Beach, California. Worn out by years in the sun and breaking his back mining his UFO-prospected jade mine. He had been able to eek out a living selling fragments to the locals and living off of his meager book sales, but didn;t leave much behind.

Except for his mine. Which you can still visit today if you are out in the Pinto Basin area of Joshua Tree National Park. But be warned, it’s not UFO’s and Aliens you have to worry about – it’s the heat and sandy road.

Take water, use a 4×4 and let someone know you’re headed out there. It’s worth the trek and if you do go, please don’t take anything other than pictures.

Barry Storm and Aliens might be looking down on you!



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