In The Desert
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Big Eye Mine
Kofa Wildlife Refuge, Yuma, AZ.
One of the best examples of an old gold mine in the desert southwest. Particularly in southern Arizona. Located in a remote section of the Castle Dome Mountains, and in fact the mine is just 3.5 miles east of Castle Dome. Castle Dome is a prominent landmark that can easily be seen from Rt. 95. This trip requires a 4 wheel drive, but is really easy to negotiate in a vehicle. It is remote. The end of the trip requires that you park and then hike 3/4 of a mile with a 300 ft. elevation gain to get to the cabin. Total driving distance 23.2 miles from Rt. 95. See map below. If you're in Yuma, Quartzsite, Wellton, AZ make sure you don't miss this trip.
Castle Dome shown in the background
Photos and GPX track - Perry Marchant
Photos - Jeff Willen
Photos - Kit Percifield
Big Eye Mine Map
Click on the Magnifying Glass to see an enlargemnt of the map or the insert.
There are now signs at some of the mines and caves in different areas of the southwest notifying you to stay out of the underground caves/mines because of "white nosed syndrome" (fungus) that kills bats. The disease has not been seen west of the Mississippi River yet. Signs will be posted.
Have fun ---------------
Special thanks to Perry Marchant who has made several of these daytrips available to our desert explorers.