I can't explain to you the motivation in this activity. If you don't get, you don't get it, and hey, you'll probably live longer than us.

But we figured since we've gone out hunting mines in our many adventures, we'd catalog some of the ones we've gone in, explored, gotten chased out of, etc. Unfortunately we do not have photos on record for every explore, sometimes there's nothing special to document. Essentially a mine is just a dead end adventure, but sometimes its intricacies, history, and even challenge are enough to warrant a poke in the hole.

We've had the opportunity to have a few underground adventures on our journeys, even scares, but I must reiterate that we are bunch of stupid youngsters. By no means should you consider us role models and follow in our shenaniganastic footsteps.

 

  Rating Guide  
Not worth the tripInteresting findVisit if in areaWorth seeking outA must explore

 

 

SUNFLOWER AREA


 

     
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4wdSite

Old mercury extruding buildings

*Official Trip Report

33 57' 40" N

111 29' 40" W

Sunflower Mine     

 

     
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4wdOpens up to large room and shaft

Rappelled into shaft and explored lower forks

33 57' 22" N

111 29' 46" W

Unnamed nearby     

 

     
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4wdStraight back medium walks

Some debris and water on ground.

33 57' 20" N

111 29' 47" W

Unnamed multiples nearby     

 

     
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4wdScarily filled with trash

Deep freezer and remains of little girl's belongings inside

33 57' 27" N

111 29' 28" W

Little Girl Mine     

 

     
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4wd / hikeMuch caved in

Short entrance - too of a long hike for not enough mine

33 57' 05" N

111 30' 08" W

Unnamed Mine     

 

     
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4wd / hikeLong corridors, old tracks, some water

Good long explore Cold air

33 57' 35" N

111 29' 18" W

Unnamed Mine     

 

     
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4wdEntrance not found intact 

 

33 58' 01" N

111 28' 50" W

Cornucopia Mine     

 

     
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4wdExtremely long, dirt walls, water at beginning

Spookily long, some bats, and small cave formations

33 58' 02" N

111 27' 23" W

Unnamed (East Fork)     

 

     
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2wd / hikeEntrances not found intact 

 

33 38' 24" N

111 26' 11" W

Mercuria Mines     

 

     
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2wd / hikeWater spring at beginning, tracks, multiple passages

Old town site, some ceiling crumblage

33 58' 22" N

111 26' 20" W

Unnamed Nearby     

 

     
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2wd / hikeCaved in

Old buildings still exist

33 58' 45" N

111 26' 53" W

Pine Mtn Mine     

 


CHUICHU AREA


 

     
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4x4 Jeep TrailLong corridor ended by shaft

Attacked by bats

Threatened by rattler

32 42' 49" N

111 47' 55" W

Old Jonah Mine     

 

     
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2wd2 short entrances Long large drop

Rappelled short way into

32 42' 27" N

111 47' 42" W

Copper Standard Mines     

 

     
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2wdShort vertical shaft

Rappelled to bottom Attacked by owls Threatened by Gila Monster

32 42' 43" N

111 47' 37" W

Unnamed     

 

     
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2wd / hikeShort entrances

Multiple mines

32 42' 44" N

111 48' 59" W

Silver Reef Mine     

 

     
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2wdEnter 40yds then sky lit shaft blocks continuance

Chased out by Javelina Interesting dig

32 42' 40" N

111 48' 41" W

Unnamed nearby     

 

     
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4wdHuge doorway leads to massive carve out and tunnels

Huge workings. Opens up to sky lit area

32 42' 45" N

111 48' 30" W

Nugget Mine     

 

 

DESOTO AREA


 

     
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4wdLongest walk in mine

Mine goes forever. Great cave pools, huge rooms, formations

*Official Trip Report

33 17' 07" N

111 17' 09" W

Desoto Mine     

 

     
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4wdMostly huge craters - POISON GAS

Huge excavations but not worth the burning lungs

 

33 17' 11" N

111 17' 24" W

Above Mines     

 


FLORENCE AREA


 

     
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4wd difficultMost caved in

Very nice intact buildings

*Official Trip Report

33 10' 02" N

111 09' 18" W

Martinez Mine     

 

     
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4wd very difficultHuge mine system w/ 5 levels, many tunnels

Multi level, multi passage, ladders

*Official Trip Report

33 10' 27" N

111 09' 26" W

Columbia Mine     

 

     
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4wd very difficultConnects with Columbia

Possible to go in and come out Columbia system

*Official Trip Report

33 10' 34" N

111 09' 28" W

Silver Bell Mine     

 

     
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4wdEntrances gone

Concrete structures remain

*Official Trip Report

33 12' 28" N

111 10' 58" W

Ajax Mine     

 

     
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4wdHorizontal entrance w/ split

Chased out by 30+ Javelina

*Official Trip Report

33 12' 39" N

111 11' 33" W

Nearby Unnamed     

 


OTHER AREAS


 

There are quite a few areas that we have been to over the past few years that aren't mentioned such as Cleator, Wickenburg, and Crown King. This is due to the fact there were many scattered mines in the area that did not justify a log entry. These areas are still enjoyable to scour about as any old mining area can be especially with the history involved.

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