Belmont Mountain

Tonopah, Arizona

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See the Tonopah/Belmont Mine high in the Sonoran Desert. Visit Vulture Mine—a rare opportunity to see a well-preserved gold mine and ghost town. Henry Wickenburg discovered the mine in 1863 and sold it for $100,000. This turned out to be a big mistake. It became one of the richest gold mines in Arizona and didn’t shut down until 1942. The mine is now a commercial tourist attraction. Sandy washes and mild desert climbs. Steep and rocky just before Belmont Mine. Suitable for high-clearance stock SUVs.

Belmont Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"See the Tonopah/Belmont Mine high in the Sonoran Desert. Visit Vulture Mine—a rare opportunity to see a well-preserved gold mine and ghost town. Henry Wickenburg discovered the mine in 1863 and sold it for $100,000.

This turned out to be a big mistake. It became one of the richest gold mines in Arizona and didn’t shut down until 1942. The mine is now a commercial tourist attraction. Sandy washes and mild desert climbs. Steep and rocky just before Belmont Mine. Suitable for high-clearance stock SUVs."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Tonopah
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Shuttle
Vehicles: ATVs and Motorcycles
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours or more
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Phoenix
Driving Directions: Directions to Belmont Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

2/15/2010
0

Beautiful, wild country. Relatively easy trail with lots of interesting stops at old cabins and mines


1/14/2008
1

1-13-08 pretty, but since the recent rain very tough. a local told us the trail was worse than he had seen it in 21 yrs


10/21/2007
1

very scenic route, the ghost town wasnt that great, but otherwise we had a good time. It wasnt a old west ghost town or anything, just a bunch of trailers and mining equipment, some metal shacks, that sort of thing. Area is very scenic, saw a mountain lion, as long as your not going to see the mine you wont be dissapointed.



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May 2018