In The Desert
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Rock Corral Rec. Area
Milford, Minersville, Utah
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Even the name "Mineral Mountains" sounds like a place in the desert you'd want to visit. That's what we thought. So off we went. If scenery is your thing, this trip won't disappoint you. If you like mines, well, here they are. Like wildlife, also a great place. We saw 3 snakes, 4 pronghorn antelope, 1 deer, and a ground squirrel. The west side of the Mineral Mountains are very scenic with a lot of camping and picnic spots. On the east side of the mountains you could spend days exploring all the mines and prospects. Mines in this area were primarily: Gold, Silver, Fluorine-Fluorite, Tungsten and Lead. The area was mined from 1943 till 1953.
If you decide to take this daytrip in the desert then here's a couple facts you may want to know. The Rock Corral Recreation Area is the largest granite batholith in Utah. You can tell it's granite by the spires (Granite Peak and Milford Needle) that have not worn down like a lot of the sandstone spires and peaks that you find in most of Utah. Granite Peak is over 9,500 ft. above sea level. Another interesting place to see here is the first Geothermal Plant (Blundell, completed in 1984) in the State of Utah. A 34-megawatt electric plant. The hydro-thermal reservoir at Blundell lies 3,000 ft. below the surface and contains water at more than 500 degrees with a pressure of 500 pounds per square inch. When this super heated water reaches the plant it flashes to steam, powering steam turbines and a generator. See the video for more on this!
Daytrip Video, Slidehow
This is a really nice 4.5 hour trip over 72 miles. Lots of nice camping spots. This is a brief view of what to expect.
The areas on the map (in the green circles) are where most of the mines and prospects are located. There are a lot of old roads and trails in these areas.
Another trip into this area (southern green circle) to the Lincoln Mine, which was the first historic mine in Utah, can be found HERE This was mostly a lead mine, with gold and silver as a by-product.
Download the GPX track for this trip here ---