In The Desert
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Three Peaks, Cedar City, Utah
Iron Ore Mine
Interactive Map showing Three Peaks (upper right)
If you zoom in a little bit on the lower left of the map (inside the Desert Mound location) you can cleary see the water in the old pit mine. This whole area is full of wildlife, keep an eye open for Antelope, and snakes.
Great place for family fun, as seen here, plus you can wander the trails on ATV's or in 4 wheel drive vehicles. There is always something going on here. Different times of the year they hold rock crawling events here also. A lot of wildlife visit this area too! This area is west of Cedar City, just follow Mid Valley road west.
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Along the way you'll run into a lot of flowers, with the most abundant being the Lupines. We met up with this really nice fellow in the Recreation Area and he offered to take us through the Three Peaks Mountains and then over to 2,000 Flushes. What a strange name, but it got us curious.
One of the few canyons that you can go through to get to the west side of the Three Peaks. Nice roads, some are more challenging and some are passble by ATV only.
Looking back toward Three Peaks from the western side. This s the main peak in the Three Peaks. A lot of junipers are growing here before you get to the Escalante Valley.
Our guide, Tom, is showing us where we have to go to get to the 2,000 Flushes. It's in the tailings piles shown in the background. This road follows the rail line through the valley. Mostly all sage brush here.
Here you can see one of the iron ore viens that are still in the edge of the open pit. It's the dark stained area.
This is part of the old Western Iron Ore Mine and just to the right is the large pit that flooded and stopped production.
One of the abandoned cars that you'll see in different areas of the pit. These were junkers that were pushed over the side and came to rest on one of the roads that winds down to the bottom.
On the Wikimapia satellite map below you'll see that in years past there was more water in the pit. At times this has been low enough to be able to see some of the old mining equipment they was left behind at the bottom. This pit is really deep!
While we were there a family of ATVer's went down the road almost to the bottom of the pit. There was a big rock slide on the west side that blocks the road to all but trail bikes from getting all the way to the bottom.