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Stone House Mine – Newfoundland Mountains Utah
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Overview
Location

Boston Terrace – Newfoundland Mountains, West Desert, Utah

Sights

Mine, mine shaft

Distance

The trail to the mine is about .7 miles in length. Inside the mine there are about 300 feet of mine workings with a 60+ foot shaft at the end of the mine

Parking Lot Elevation

5245 ft

Summit Elevation

5321 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

76 ft

Time Required

<1 hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

Allowed

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No sun exposure

Trail Condition

Very narrow trail leading up to the mine. It is steep and rocky.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Allowed

Food

Bring meals and snacks as needed

Equipment

Bring two headlights with extra batteries, bag for food and water, good hiking shoes, helmet and gloves.

A short mine that has a vertical shaft at the back end of it.

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The Trail:

PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU ENTER ANY ABANDONED MINE!  ALWAYS TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND NEVER GO IN ALONE

Crumbling stone house in Boston Terrace

Crumbling stone house in Boston Terrace

We were visiting the Newfoundland Mountains in mid-January and decided to check out as many mines as we could in the area including this one.  We aren’t exactly sure what the real name of this mine was but we are going to call it the Stone House Mine because it is located close to the collapsed stone house just below the mine.

Here is the trail that we used to hike up the short ways to the mine

Here is the trail that we used to hike up the short ways to the mine

The trail starts off next to the old abandoned stone house that is located just below the Stone House Mine.  Follow the short path up the small canyon just directly east of the stone house and you will quickly come to the tailings for this mine.

Here is the entrance to the Stone House Mine

Here is the entrance to the Stone House Mine

The mine is large enough for you to stand all the way up in, unless you are over 6 1/2 feet tall.  But this is a short mine and you will quickly be able to explore its tunnels with no problem.

Just inside the Stone House Mine

Just inside the Stone House Mine

The mine goes back a hundred feet or so before immediately turning right and going for several hundred more feet.

The winch at the end of the mine

The winch at the end of the mine

Near the very back of the mine you will come to a vertical shaft that is about 60+ feet deep.  There is a steel structure on top of the shaft with a winch system.  PLEASE be careful if you approach this area.  The steel frame is weak and could fall down without any notice.

Looking down the vertical shaft

Looking down the vertical shaft

There are several small side tunnels but they don’t go anywhere.

The Return:

Head back out towards your car

Personal Thoughts:

This is a neat little mine to explore that is easy to get to…if you are already in the Newfoundland Mountains.

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