Fourth of July Mine

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Fourth of July Mine

Fourth of July Mine Professional Review and Guide

"Although presumably played out now, beginning on Independence Day, 1872, this site marked by rusting mining equipment produced lots of silver.

On Independence Day, 1872, prospector C. C. Alvord proved the virtue of working on holidays when he discovered silver deposits on the south side of South Arapaho Peak. The resulting excavation he called Fourth of July Mine. Today rusting mine remnants still mark the site.

Some hikers maintain that the name identifies the date when snow finally melts enough to open dry-shod access to Arapaho Pass while watering impressive trailside displays of subalpine flowers and ground-hugging tundra flowers. The Arapaho Pass Trail climbs from the Fourth of July Trailhead in a narrow track of consistent grade, clinging to the very steep north wall of the valley of North Fork Middle Boulder Creek. Views across the valley to Mount Neva are impressive."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80310; (303) 541-2500;
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Nederland
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Jul 2018