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Boston Terrace – Newfoundland Mountains Utah
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Overview
Location

Newfoundland Mountains, West Desert – Box Elder County, Utah

Sights

Many mines and mining artifacts remain

Distance

We hiked about 2-3 miles total

Parking Lot Elevation

5294 ft

Summit Elevation

Varies greatly

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies greatly

Time Required

3+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 3-4 liters of water. No water sources in the Newfoundland Mountains

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Trails are faint in most places so be prepared to bushwhack

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring meals and snacks

Equipment

Bring a bag for food and water, hat, sunglasses, good hiking shoes. If you plan on entering any of the open mines then plan to bring a helmet, gloves, two or three flashlights with extra batteries and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

GPS Coordinates

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The Trail:

Looking back towards the train tracks from Boston Terrace

Boston Terrace is an old mining area that existed in the Newfoundland Mountains.  The area is full of small adits and mines many of which are closed.  There are tons of old mining artifacts littered in the mines and the surrounding area.

The Boston Terrace area doesn’t really have a set trail that leads you nicely around to each and every mine.  You will need to get off the main access road, which is basically just a narrow 4×4 trail, and hike all over the mountains and hills.  The picture above was taken looking north towards the train tracks and salt flats.

The bulk of the mines are located at the top of the ridge on the south side of Miners Basin.  The road leading up to the ridge is extremely steep so we just ended up hiking to the top of it which only took about 10 minutes.

There are many old mining artifacts in the area and even a crumbling stone house that you can find in the GPS Information above.


You can see piles of tailings all over the mountain sides

There are only a few mines that are still open that offer a good mining experience.  You will of course need all the proper gear (see Equipment above).  We spent about a half a day exploring around the area and were disappointed that most of the mines with large tailings were caved or blown shut.

Small vertical shaft that only went down about 20 feet

In the Boston Terrace area, the Peanut Butter Bat Mine and the Stone House Mine were about the only ones that were still open to explore.

There were a few other mines that we didn’t get enough time to explore but we assumed that these were probably blown anyway.


Mines are everywhere

The above picture is the typical scenario.  You see a decent size tailings pile with a clear opening but upon arrival you will see that the opening is blown after about 15 feet.  But even with all mine closures this area is still amazing.  It is incredibly quiet and peaceful and you can get a sense that this area was at one time crawling with miners and prospectors.


One of the mines we didn't get to explore

In the picture above you can faintly see a large tailings pile wedged in between the gully.  This was one of the mines that we didn’t get to explore but seemed promising.  See the GPS Information above for location of this mine.

Post marking a mine entrance

This post was marking the entrance to a vertical shaft.  You would most definitely need ropes to get down it safely but we figured it only went down about 50+ feet and it was caved at the end anyway.

A wooden marker

We couldn’t quite make out what the post was trying to say.  My theory is that it is a land marker.  This was located just at the ridge at the top of the very steep trail.

Stone House

In the GPS Information above, find the Stone House which is right below the Stone House Mine.  This crumbling structure is just another testament to the dedication that the miners had in the Newfoundland Mountains area.

If you want to see even more incredible mining artifacts, follow this link to the Newfoundland Mountains East Mines.


The Return:

Head back to your car.


Personal Thoughts:

The Boston Terrace area must have been a sight to see at the height of mining activities in the area.   This place is so far away from civilization that it makes you wonder how the mining even began in such a desolate and rugged place.

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[…] Please note that this Trek is for my visit to the East side of the Newfoundland Mountains including several mining areas.  We also visited the other side of the Newfoundland Mountains so check out the Boston Terrace Trek. […]

Joe Chamblee
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Hi, Just thought I would leave a comment. I tried to reach this Ghost town on 05/21/2017. We got on the road that runs along the railroad tracks that passed the pumping station. Unfortunately a few miles in we were met by the Box Elder Country Sheriff department who informed us that we were not allowed on the causeway. We also did not find it possible to reach the mountains the way Google maps suggested. We followed the westward road that runs parallel to the airforce installation and ended up getting stuck in the mud shortly before where we think… Read more »
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