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Arizona Strip, Off Road

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   Joe Harker and Kyler Rasmussen and friends went back! This time for a few days of camping in the Arizona Strip and back to the Grand Gulch Mine. Kyler used his drone and here he gives us different look, with a better perspective, of the trip and the mine. You won't want to miss this video. This is one of the prettiest areas in the Arizona Strip. It's also one of the most desolate, so be aware there is no help or cell phone reception down here. You could run this entire trip and never see another soul. His route, shown on the map below is a 183 mile trip, all off road.  We have also offered another way into the mine, via Mount Trumbull School House. We have never traveled either of these routes, so please be careful, travel with friends.
Arizona Strip

Video/Slideshow

   A short video/slideshow showing some of the scenery and the Grand Gulch Mine on the first exploratory trip on Feb. 26th, 2018.

Map No. 1, Joe Harker's gpx track

GPX track to the Grand Gulch Mine
   Joe's proposed track to the mine, the gpx track can be downloaded below the map. This was a 183 miles round trip.
Also see the enlarged topography map of the area --

Map No. 2, Alternate Route

Topo map from Mt. Trumbull to the Grand Gulch Mine
   This is an alternative route via Mount Trumbull. The trip from Mt. Trumbull to the mine is 41.4 miles and takes aprox. 6.5 hrs. this doesn't include the trip down from St. George, Utah.
Also see the enlarged topography map of the area --
   It is amazing that they ran this mine in such an isolated area. It ran until the 1920's and was acclaimed to be one of the biggest copper mines in Arizona, although I find that doubtful, too many other really large copper mines come to mind. The ore body in this mine only extended down to the 240 ft. level. There is an exploratory shaft at the site that is 500 ft. deep, but no ore was ever found below the 240 ft. level. Mr. Adams (Adams Claim) founded the mine about 1853. At the time there was a road built that ran from (now gone) ghost town of St. Thomas, Nev. across the Virgin River then through Gold Butte Nat. Monument to the mine.
   Truly hard to believe that some of these desolate places even exist, let alone support a population of miners and workers. Hopefully if Joe returns he'll share his adventure with us. This should give you the bug to go. Travel safely, go with friends!
Download the GPX track shown on this map --
Download the GPX track shown on this map --

Updated  4 / 09 / 18

Update:

Updated Drone Video

   A short video showing the surrounding scenery as seen from the air. Kyler shot this video and can be found on Instagram at:  @trdirty
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