Newfoundland Mountains, West Desert – Box Elder County, Utah
Many mines and mining artifacts remain
We hiked about 2-3 miles total
Bring 3-4 liters of water. No water sources in the Newfoundland Mountains
Open year round
Shade is minimal
Trails are faint in most places so be prepared to bushwhack
Bring meals and snacks
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.
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.
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.
There were a few other mines that we didn’t get enough time to explore but we assumed that these were probably blown anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head back to your car.
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.