The Trail Stop is a midway point between Mary's Gifts and Cougar Bend.


In January of 1881, a mule named Charlie died close to the trail stop and was lovingly buried near it. His owner marked his resting place with a few well-placed stones and a wooden plank.

A few years later, the outlaw Dirk Valentine hid some clues to his treasure underneath zebra rock, a stone with distinctive stripes.

The Secret of Shadow Ranch

On her visit to Shadow Ranch, Nancy Drew discovers that several arrow heads can be found on the trail stop. As she begins to track down Dirk Valentine's lost treasure, she finds out that a rattlesnake likes to guard zebra rock.


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