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Grist Mill Mine – Farmington Utah
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Overview
Location

Farmington Canyon Utah – Farmington Utah

Sights

Grist Mill Mine, Farmington Creek

Distance

About 1 mile round trip.

Parking Lot Elevation

4493 ft

Summit Elevation

4774 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

281 ft

Time Required

<1 hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

No water at trailhead. Bring a bottle of water. Farmington creek is very accessible.

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun exposure. Shade is minimal.

Trail Condition

Good trail. Dirt path. About 1 mile round trip.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring snacks if needed

Equipment

Flashlight, shoes that can get a little muddy.

THIS MINE IS NOW CLOSED!

The Utah Department of Natural Resources has closed this mine.  I visited this mine on November 12, 2014 and there was a concrete wall sealing it.

I will leave this trek up for reference purposes only.

Grist Mill Mine Grist Mill Mine


You will see many different side paths as you go to the mine.  Check out the Trail Map for a detailed map of the trail.  The mine usually has puddles so bring shoes you don’t mind getting a little wet.

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Driving Directions:


The Trail:

There are multiple trails leading up to the mine. As long as you head east into the canyon you should find it.

There are multiple trails leading up to the mine. As long as you head east into the canyon you should find it.

Please ALWAYS exercise caution when entering a cave or mine.

This is named Grist Mill Mine due to the grist mill operated by Farmington citizens back when the city was first being established.

From the parking lot follow the asphalt path that is on the south side.  The asphalt path leads you to the bridge crossing which you must cross to the other side.

Then the trail winds around some residential houses and you want to travel in an east direction.  Even though there are many side trails, stay on the ones that keep leading you east towards the canyon entrance.

You will be following the Farmington Creek below for the entire 1/2 mile to the mine.


The trail will make its way by an old aqueduct system where there are still large concrete barriers in the trail.  Follow this path until you come to a small man made crossing where there is a concrete water gate structure on the left hand side and a dry stream bed on the right side.

Keep heading east and the trail will drop down in elevation and then climb back up another 50 feet or so before you approach the pile of mine tailings.

Here is the Grist Mill Mine. The tailings are just outside it.

Here is the Grist Mill Mine. The tailings are just outside it.

Just around the corner from the mine tailings is the actual mine itself.

I found this old pick stuck in a rock.

Grist Mill Mine

Inside the Grist Mill Mine - Farmington Utah

Inside the Grist Mill Mine looking back towards the entrance – Farmington Utah

The mine goes in for about 150 feet or so and you do not need to crouch much.  It feels good inside when you come here on summer days.  You will most likely encounter water puddles from the water seeping in from the roof and sides.

There is graffiti on the walls in some parts as well.  I explored this mine back when I only had a small flashlight from walmart…

Grist Mill Mine

At the end of the tunnel

At the end of the tunnel


The Return:

Head back out the mine and the same way you came in.


Personal Thoughts:

This is a fun place to explore and bring people who are new to mine exploring.  I have heard reports that this is a uranium mining prospect (but not likely). After doing some research it sounds like this mine is a copper mine just like most of the others in the Farmington Canyon Mining Complex.

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Historical Photographs:

While at the library doing research about Davis County I found this interesting photograph of the Grist Mill in Farmington.  This is one of the only photographs I have seen of this structure.

Photo from A Brief History of Davis County to 1890 by Leonard.

Photo from A Brief History of Davis County to 1890 by Leonard.

Source: A Brief History of Davis County to 1890 – Leonard


Inside Grist Mill Mine

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Sam Dunford
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I was SO PISSED when they ruined this great place by sealing it off. It wasn’t dangerous; the main reason they did it was because they get paid to and it was low-hanging fruit. Is there any was at all to reopen a closed mine?

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