Last time I was there with a friend, we stopped to check out a little campground area and we could hear the whistle of bullets going overhead of us from the other side of the hill. Strange place. Looks like a moonscape in some parts of it, but it's one of the few areas around to shoot, other than structured ranges. I'll make the trip (few hours from my place) just because I can usually only shoot on the weekends, and the structured ranges I go to are hard to get a lane on (rifle side) on weekends. I much prefer shooting out in the open without being monitored by somebody. Beside, it's easier to shoot shotguns, black powder, (and if I want to, rapid fire) when I'm out at Panoche.
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
- Thomas Jefferson