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Peanut Butter Bat Mine – Newfoundland Mountains
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Overview
Location

Newfoundland Mountain, West Desert, Utah

Sights

Old mine, Newfoundland Mountains, bats

Distance

Less than a 1/2 mile in tunnels

Parking Lot Elevation

5277 ft

Summit Elevation

None

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies slightly

Time Required

1+ hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 2 liters of water. There are virtually no water sources in the Newfoundland Mountains

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

None.

Trail Condition

Tunnels were clear. We didn’t have to crouch too much in the mine

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring 2-3 light sources with extra batteries, clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, helmet, gloves, camera, bag for food and water

This is one of the few mines out in the Newfoundland Mountains that is open for exploring.  Peanut Butter Bat Mine has about 1200+ feet of tunnels to explore and some nice mining artifacts to look at.

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The Trail:

PLEASE ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING ABANDONED MINES OR CAVES

Here is the entrance to the mine. It is a tight squeeze

Here is the entrance to the mine. It is a tight squeeze

Peanut Butter Bat Mine is named for the five or six small bats we found clinging to the walls just right inside the entrance to the mine.  There are also parts of the mine where the rocks look like flowing peanut butter, thus the Peanut Butter Bat Mine!

The entrance is tiny so you will need to lay on your back or stomach and slide right in.  Once inside you will see how quickly it opens up and you will be able to stand, well, crouch for the rest of the mine.

The busted doorway just inside the entrance

The busted doorway just inside the entrance

There is an old wooden doorway that has since been broken.  and you will need to cross over this to get to the rest of the mine.

There were a few bats in this location so please pay attention to the ceiling

There were a few bats in this location so please pay attention to the ceiling

The mine for the most part is very straight and narrow.

Here we are posing next to the neat wooden box

Here we are posing next to the neat wooden box

After about 480 feet you will come to a side tunnel to the left that goes for another 42+ feet.   There is a pretty neat wooden box here and it is worth a look.

Looking up the inclined shaft. It is steep so use caution

Looking up the inclined shaft. It is steep so use caution

Then another 65 feet down the main tunnel and you will come to an intersection.  The right tunnel only goes back 35+ feet or so and there are stashed pipes here.  The left tunnel leads to an inclined shaft that is about 200+ feet in length.

Here is the peanut butter looking rock

Here is the peanut butter looking rock

If you come back to the main tunnel and keep going back you will eventually go the remaining 580+ feet to the end.

Peanut Butter Bat Mine Map

Peanut Butter Bat Mine Map

Here is a map of the Peanut Butter Bat Mine.  Please note that we measured for approximate lengths and this map is for estimated measurements only.


The Return:

Head back outside towards your car.


Personal Thoughts:

This is a neat mine to explore.  The whole area surrounding the Boston Terrace mining area is a fascinating story but unfortunately for all of us, most of the mines have been caved.  Trek Planner Logo



Exploring the Peanut Butter Bat Mine

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Jeff Johnson
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