A guide to Southern Nevada historic mine surveying.
The most complete guide to Southern Nevada historic mining. Site features include: mine pictures, descriptions, maps and coordinates.
Updates Wednesday evening.
found a recently lost item near Goodsprings, Nevada. If you've lost something in the area, I might have
it. Send me an email describing what you've lost and what it was stored
in so I could arrange to get it back to you. It's something of significant value. If you have friends who might have been off-roading in the area in the past few weeks, please ask if they've lost anything. They may not realize they've lost it yet.
December 4, 2013 Bill Nye Mine has been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Some may have noticed that this mine was already in the directory, but we've just recently added the historic Bill Nye Mine. We originally believed that the portal within view from the main road and just behind the more modern mining operation was the original mine. We've only recently discovered that the historic mine is actually well behind and up the mountain.
November 27, 2013 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I thought I already added Ireland MIne, but I guess I missed it. There isn't anything remarkable about the mine. It's quite typical of smaller prospects in the area. In a nearby valley is a rock etched with the year "1870".
November 20, 2013 New images have been added to the Crystal Pass Prospect in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. We first came across this mine from the overlooking west end. There were a few occurrences on that end, but nothing you could get into. The most mining in Crystal Pass was from the East side of the valley.
November 13, 2013 New images have to been added to the Ingomar Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. I'm really tired and not feeling well. I can't concentrate enough to write something interesting, so click a link and go enjoy some pictures.
November 6, 2013 All mine pages now include direct information from the USGS full reports which contain commodity and materials details as well as host rock and history statements.
New images have been added to the Root Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. We've rappelled into this mine a few times looking for the source of the large tailings, but none of the shafts or adits connected to significant depth.
We returned this time with a map from the early 1900's. The map showed an adit that went several hundred feet into the mine and connected to several upper and lower levels. None of the collars or portals are sealed, but we still could not match our location to the map. We'll return at a later date, but because of our several failed attempts, our return is lower on our priority list.
October 30, 2013 Regular visitors to this site often ask me for specific information about individual mines. I don't at all mind the emails, but a few have asked that I include more specific details. Rather than update each page with new information, I've been updating the site to include USGS Full Report links of each mine. There are quite a few mines in this site and updating each page to include the new information is time consuming and a slow process, but I am working on it. You can find the links to the detailed information at each mine page, just below the mine name and coordinates.
The Contact Mine has been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. This mine has been sealed with bat gates and access is no longer possible. The scenery is worth a stop, but I couldn't see myself making a trip just for this mine.
While you're in the area, have a look at the petroglyphs located here:
October 23, 2013 New images have been added to the Noonday Mine in the Tecopa, California directory. We've returned to Tecopa a few times and get a little deeper each time we visit. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay long. The drive there was longer than our stay.
I had an accident on rope that forced us to leave early. Nothing too serious, but we felt it was best to get closer to home in case the injury grew worse.
October 16, 2013 The Paradise Mine has been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. There isn't much to see between Goodsprings and Potosi Mine close to State Route 160 (Blue Diamond Road). There is a lot of space between the two and this is one of the only mines we've come across and we found it accidentally while following a power line road.
Listed as a Prospect, we weren't expecting much and were surprised to find such a large base camp. There is a deep incline shaft following a copper vein that ends abruptly. It's not worth the climb to see the bottom.
October 9, 2013 The Jenko Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. We have company in from out of town and wouldn't feel safe bringing them underground, so we kept most of the trip as a trail ride. We found a mine, but we're almost certain it is not the true Jenko Mine and will return at a later date without company. Sorry for the weak update.
October 2, 2013 New images have been added to the Southern Nevada Mine gallery in the
Searchlight , Nevada directory. We
haven't even descended into the mine and this is already my favorite
mine in Searchlight, NV just because of all the standing structures and
equipment still in place. Being so close to a major road, I was
expecting graffiti and other forms of vandalism, but it's surprisingly
September 25, 2013 New images have been added to the Columbia Mine gallery in the Tecopa, California directory. The main portal to the incline shaft is completely exposed to weather and has partially collapsed. It's unsafe, but we went in as far as we were comfortable. The mine followed a seam between fault layers that broke through the surface further exposing the mine interior to weather.
If that's not enough to keep you out, there is also an angry rattlesnake hiding in the wood pile at the mine portal.
September 18, 2013 New images have been added to the Chiquita Mine in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. This mine has been on our on our return-to list for well over a year. Our intention was to return to last weeks Ironside Mine, but on site we could still see water steadily flowing from above.
Chiquita Mine doesn't even look like the same mine compared to just last year. The trail up in now undrivable and the entire area is extremely weathered.
September 11, 2013 The Ironside Mine has been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. The trail to the main portal can be unsafe in some areas. Honestly, the mine looked more impressive from the ground than at its main level. I wouldn't recommend it as worth the effort. This opinion may change when we return at a later date as we were forced to leave because of water seepage during heavy rains.
September 4, 2013 New images have been added to the Singer Mine in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. The lower half of this mine system is the Tiffin Mine. Anything from about halfway up is the Singer Mine.
We originally intended to locate the upper Puelz Mine across the valley, but I wasn't prepared for that much climbing. Instead, we climbed up to Singer. In hindsight, the climb up would have been about the same.
August 28, 2013 New images of the Azurite Mine have been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Earlier this year, we were able to drive up the narrow, steep trail to the mines main portal. Recently, someone placed a large boulder at the low end of the trail. There are no new signs in the area and through research I found no new claims. Not sure who blocked the trail. The hike up wasn't so bad.
I've been having memory issues lately and because of this, I lose things often. I was on pair number three of really nice and expensive rappelling gloves. Rather than buy yet another pair, we've been returning to a few mines where we think I may have left them. Didn't find them yet, but there are still a few more mines on our short list.
August 21, 2013 The Nugget of Gold Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. This is a small mine, with very few features, and not on most maps. There is a single, partially covered, collar shaft and not much else. My curiosity got the best of me and I rigged up rope to rappel. As soon as I made my way down, the collar began to collapse and I gave in to better judgement. I won't be trying that again.
My apologies for the weak update. It's way too hot to be out in the desert long.
August 14, 2013 New images of the Eldorado Rand Mine have been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. We've returned to this mine a few times and each time we tell ourselves it's too unsafe to return, but we keep going back. You can't go 30-40 feet in this mine without seeing a collapse or signs of imminent collapse. Definitely stay out of this one.
August 7, 2013 New images of the Green Monster Mine have been added to the Goodsprings, NV directory. Sadly, this mine has been forever sealed. We knew this mine to house birds and bats. If I woke up in the morning and found that someone nailed my bedroom door shut, I'd be upset. I've added the last of the interior pictures we had archived. No new interior images will become available.
July 31, 2013 New interior images of the War Eagle Mine have been added to the Tecopa, California directory. We've recently visited this mine, but had to return for the lower levels. This is the largest mine system we've found in the area. Others estimate this system to be in excess of five miles. I'm not sure how accurate that would be, but it sure felt like it. We're still not finished here. We'll be back.
July 24, 2013 The Rockefeller Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. There is some confusion as to this mines identity. It is listed as Dupont Mine on one source and unknown on others. The most credible source listed the cabin remnants to the North as the mine site, but it appears to just be a mine camp. There was a foot trail from that camp to this mine, so we are only assuming this to be the true Rockefeller Mine.
July 17, 2013 New images have been added to the Keystone Mine in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. We already knew there wasn't much to see at this mine site. Over the past year, there has been inconsistent work at this location. Anything that was once open has been sealed or removed by the surface mining method. There were signs of recent work, but nothing current. We only returned to see their progress.
New Images have been added to the Lincoln Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. From the surface, this is a simple, but attractive mine. There are two open portals. The portal facing east had little depth and likely served as explosives storage. The portal facing south has an incline shaft several hundred yards deep. As deep as it was, we were hoping for impressive mine features, but the mine abruptly ended. It was just an incline shaft that went nowhere.
July 10, 2013 New images have been added to the Root Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Root Mine is one of the first mines we visited in Goodsprings. Being so close to the paved road, we were surprised to see so many artifacts and relics still in place. A roller coaster of tracks still connects the upper and lower tailing piles, a winch and motor, and the standing aerial tramway makes this mine well worth a visit.
July 3, 2013 The Quaker City Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. Good standing structures around this mine include a powder room and incline shaft head frame. Unfortunately, all open portals and collars have been sealed. For those that do not enter mines, this mine will still be enjoyable.
New images have been added to the Rand Mine gallery in the Nelson, Nevada directory. We've returned to this mine a few times and always find something new. Our plan with our last visit was to rappel into a lower level, but some of the anchor points for our ropes appear to have shifted. Months ago, rappelling into this mine was relatively safe, but after recent mine settling and shifting this rappel will have to wait. We'll wait half a year and return. If the mine hasn't shifted further, we'll reevaluate.
June 26, 2013 The Silver Gem Mine has been added to the Goodsprings directory. We found this mine entirely on accident. None of our maps showed a mine at this location. The entire valley was well-hidden. Getting up the wash to the mine is tight and may result in your vehicle rubbing in a few spots.
June 19, 2013 New images have been added to the Noonday Mine gallery in the Tecopa, California directory. This mine deserved more attention and a deeper look. For the first time, we found ourselves lost for a while. We were never in any danger. It was just the first time we lost our bearings and felt a sense of urgency.
When there are many forks and turns within a mine, there is almost always a painted arrow indicating the way to the exit portal. What we found in this mine was someone painted arrows in all directions. Some of the mine adits lead to another mine portal on the other side. We hope there was just some confusion when the mines merged and not someone thinking they were being funny.
June 12, 2013 The Silver Legion Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. We've seen pictures of this mine in a few books and was looking forward to rappelling into its lower levels. We were disappointed to find the incline shaft surrounded my chain link fence. We could have easily made our way past the barrier, but we're firm believers in respecting property rights. Also, if people remove safety barriers, we'll likely see an increase of mine closures by other means like back-filling and foam.
New images have been added to the Honest Miner Mine gallery in the Nelson, Nevada directory. Although short, this mine features the only tunnel (open at both ends) in the area. We've returned a few times hoping to rappel into the mines only collar shaft, but wind passes through the tunnel and collects bits of cholla cactus that cling to anything it touches.
June 5, 2013 The Apex Mine has been added to the Tecopa, California directory. The Apex Mine is often overlooked because it shares the same Nopah Range as the better known War Eagle Mine. While the War Eagle mine has far greater depth, the Apex Mine is worth devoting an extra day to exploring.
May 29, 2013 We returned to Nipton, California again and were again disappointed. The underground mines we researched in the area were either sealed or posted as private property. The few accessible mines we did find were surface operations.
The Golden Calf Mine has been added to the Nipton, California directory. Not a lot to see here. It's a surface pit mine similar to gravel mines seen within the Las Vegas valley.
The Rest Mine has been added to the Nipton, California directory. This mine is also a surface operation. There were a few underground prospects in the hills behind this mine, but none had any significant depth. The only memorable thing about this mine is the large amount of silver ore laying around. There were piles of silver ore everywhere. Silver is currently at less than $25 an ounce, so it's not worth your time or effort to take it home.
May 22, 2013 The Dupont Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. This was supposed to be one of the larger mines in the area still open, but the only way in with depth was a covered collar shaft that appeared to be flooded with standing water. All of the nearby mines are locked with bat gates or backfilled. We'll return to Searchlight after more research.
May 15, 2013 The War Eagle Mine
has been added to the Tecopa, California directory. We've been looking
forward to exploring this mine for over a year and it didn't
disappoint. Our initial research indicated there are eight levels to the
War Eagle East location. Two up, six down. Further research suggests
there are an additional two lower levels worked after the mine was
originally closed. Since the temperatures are already hovering around
100 degrees, further exploration will have to wait.
May 8, 2013 The Solar Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. There is some confusion about this location. The entire valley is comprised of many prospect mines. All were claimed by the same company or a company of similar name. Rather than list each, we chose to display the entire valley project as the Solar Mine. Almost all of the prospect mines are less than 50 feet deep. The one we suspect to be deeper has an active bee hive within, so we were unable to explore or document further.
The Rich Hill Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. Unfortunately, there's not a lot to see there. There is a small tailing pile outside, one small stacked stone wall and a collar shaft too loose and unsafe to rappel. No reason for us to return to this location, so these few images are all we have to share of this mine.
May 1, 2013 The Columbia Mine has been added to the Tecopa, California directory. This appeared to be a drift mining operation following deep layers of lead. Some of which is still visible in support columns. Large dolomite crystals can be found throughout the interior. Remnants of the mine mill are at the base with scattered collar shafts.
April 24, 2013 The Saint Louis Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. We went deeper into this mine than we should. There weren't enough safe places to secure our rope anchors and we crossed too many rickety bridges. The exterior is beautiful with a well built winding road, but the interior is unstable.
The Noonday Mine introduces our exploration into Tecopa, California. We spent several hours underground exploring three levels and we are certain there are many more unseen. Outside are many collapsed structures including the longest ore chute we've come across at a mine. The drive to this location from Las Vegas is about an hour and a half, but well worth it. From pavement, it's another fifteen miles off road.
April 10, 2013 The Southern Nevada Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. This mine has one of the more impressive structures in the area. Being so close to the highway, we were surprised it was still standing and without vandalism. There was a large headframe over an incline shaft, but because it was so visible by the highway and we weren't sure if the land is privately owned, we were unable to rappel into this one.
Pompeii Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. We weren't quite sure if we were trespassing while documenting this mine, so most of the pictures were taken at distance while work crews from a nearby landscaping rock company stared. It appeared to be a surface mine. No open portals or collars were seen, but relics of mining equipment were everywhere to enjoy.
April 3, 2013 The JET Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. All references to the JET mine have been capitalized, but we're unable to confirm an acronym. While I would enjoy getting underground at this site, the collar shaft and all anchor points are extremely weathered and I would consider this mine to be unsafe for exploration. We'll return to the Searchlight area over the next few months, but many sites are still in production, so we're not sure how much we'll be able to document.
The Red Bird Mine has been added to the Searchlight, Nevada directory. Unfortunately, the immediate area surrounding this incline shaft has been fenced and posted "No Trespassing". We've documented what we could which was not much. Respect property rights and stay beyond any posted barriers.
March 27, 2013 The Historic Maps section has been repaired. Sorry about all the dead links. I'm not sure how long the links were dead. If you ever see anything on the site that isn't working or if you have any suggestions for improvement, I'd appreciate it if you let me know.
Lucy Gray (Lucy Grey) mine has been added to the Nipton, California directory. Unfortunately, this mine has been backfilled and expansion foam sealed. Interior mine images are not available. This mine is sill worth a look. Since it's difficult to access, the cabins and other artifacts are in place and good shape. There are even unopened canned goods and cooking supplies. The trail leading to the mine can be difficult. You'll need a high clearance vehicle. The mine also sits in a valley without cell service. Do not attempt to reach this mine with a single vehicle.
March 20, 2013 New images have been added to the Argentina Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. So far, we've explored four levels. Each time we return to this mine, we get deeper and have yet to reach the lowest level. I've found reference to six levels, but we were unable to find a way lower. There were a few collapsed areas. Finding the lowest levels may not be possible, but we'll return and try again.
March 13, 2013 The correct Rand Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. We incorrectly identified another mine by this name previously. Corrections have been made. This was a new mine for us and easily missed from above. Unfortunately, we spent most of our time revisiting the mine above and were too tired to explore this mine in depth. We'll return at a later date for proper documentation.
As mentioned above, we now know this mine to be the Eldorado Rand Mine. The names and proximity are so close, it's very likely they are the same family/company, but each site was claimed independently of the other. We were just here recently, but returned to see if the mine has settled enough to explore the lower levels. This mine still has a stability issue and appeared to be stoped far greater than it could support. Numerous cave-ins throughout. Extreme hazards.
March 6, 2013 New images have been added to the Ingomar Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. Ingomar Mine has been sealed using bat gates. No new interior images of this mine will become available. Sorry if anyone is getting bored with seeing Goodsprings, but with the increased mine closure activity we've been seeing in the area, we want to document as much of the area as possible before the history is sealed.
New images have been added to the Picture Rock Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. Of the hundreds of mines we've visited, this mine had the largest tailing pile we've come across. From the base to the top was easily the height of a twelve story building. We didn't find a single portal or collar shaft to enter. We saw no signs of quarry mining either. Not really sure what was going on there. I'm hoping we just missed the portal. We'll try again.
The Eldorado Crown Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada directory. This was our first trip to this mine and we were disappointed at first glance. There were barely any tailing piles that usually indicate a large mine system. Inside, this mine had plenty of depth and character. Much more than most of the mines we've come across. It deserves a second look. We'll be back.
February 20, 2013 We returned to Azurite Mine again and plan to visit at least once more in the next month or two. It seems mine closures in that area have increased. We've been seeing work crews in the area stockpiling bags of cement, so we now have a sense of urgency to document the mines before the history is lost.
February 13, 2013 The Interactive Maps have been updated. Sorry it took so long to get them updated. Just start clicking things and you'll figure them out.
The Eldorado Rand Mine has been added to the Nelson, Nevada gallery. This mine is extremely unsafe. We've returned to this mine a few times and each time more areas are collapsed. Structurally unsafe, but beautiful. Not worth the risk. Stay out!
February 6, 2013
Interior images have been added to the Alice Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. Sadly, this mine has also been sealed. As far as I'm aware, no other interior images of this mine can be found online. No new images of this mine will become available.
January 30, 2013 New images have been added to the Golden Chariot Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. We've been seeing periodic commercial activity in the area for a while now. Not sure which mine they are working since we've seen them at multiple mine sites. It's also possible they are part of the mine closure crews that recently closed the nearby Green Monster Mine.
New images have been added to the Oro Amigo Mine in the Goodsprings directory. We've been returning that western ridge trying to access mines since mine closure efforts have been increased. We'd like to record history before it's destroyed for our protection. There is a gray mud-like substance throughout this mine that never seems to dry. It's been like that for over a year now.
January 23, 2013 New images have been added to the Addison Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. The main portal has been made safe with bat bars, but there are still some open vents above. There are quite a few abandoned mines along that southern range into California. Some weren't on any of our maps, but were too large to be prospects.
January 16, 2013 New images have been added to the Azurite Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. We've been to this mine site a few times, but this was our first visit to the main portal levels. The hike up to the portals was longer than I wanted, but easier than most trails in the area. I really miss my Jeep Wrangler. It could have easily made it and saved me some uphill walking. Plenty to see up there, but lots of dangerous open collars.
New images have been added to the Chiquita Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. Use caution if approaching this mine. A wash has created a well hidden land bridge over the trail that could collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
January 9, 2013 Corrections have been made to the Milford Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. After more review and research, I believe that I incorrectly listed images of one of the Milford Mine claims as part of the Tam O'Shanter Mine. The Milford Mine spans several claims and valleys. The Tam O'Shanter Mine gallery has been removed from the Goodsprings directory. My apologies for the errors. New images have been added to the Bullion Mine gallery in the Goodsprings Directory. Our intention was to visit the upper levels, but there are trespassing signs posted that we missed or were not there before. Still, plenty to see around the base camp.
New images have been added to the Copper Hillgallery in the Goodpsprings directory. We found this mine unintentionally while attempting to locate a bypass trail to Sandy Valley. The main portal level has been gated, but there appears to be an accessible collar shaft. We'll return to this mine with proper gear at a later date.
January 2, 2013 New images have been added to the Argentina Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. This mine system has impressive tailings and we returned to the mine hoping to find an open portal or collar. Unfortunately, almost every portal or collar we found was back-filled or foam sealed. We were able to locate one open portal, but it only went back 20-30 feet. A prospect at the most.
New images have been added to the Rose Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. We've returned to this mine a few times trying to find a safe way to enter. What we determined is there was a way in, but not very safe. We got our pictures and quickly left.
New images have been added to the Lookout Mine gallery in the Goodsprings directory. The mine began with a large stope that branched off in several directions. With such a grand entrance, I was hopeful this mine would have some depth, but each adit went back only a few yards.
The trails to these mines are unpaved and not maintained. Many
require technical driving skills and custom off road vehicle parts.
High clearance, four wheel drive vehicles with off road tires are
recommended and, in some cases, necessary.
Please, use the land safely and responsibly. Enjoy the pictures, but STAY OUT of the mines.In some instances, permission from the land or claim owner was obtained or contracted prior to entering a secured area. Some interior mine images were captured prior to safety barrier installation. Do not alter mine safety devices and/or barriers.
Mining sites are inherently dangerous, and historical mining sites can be very
hazardous to one's health and well being. You should not enter or approach a
mine without proper training or rock climbing safety equipment.
attempt is made to provide accurate information, but occasionally
depictions are inaccurate by error of mapping, navigation or
cataloging. The information on this site is
provided without any warranty, express or implied, and is for informational and
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