Ore Terminal Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Between 1909 and 1919, a 6-mile tramway carried ore in ninety ore buckets between the Puerto Rico Mine in the Sierra del Carmen of Mexico and the Texas terminal, the endpoint of this hike. When it was operating, the tramway carried 7.5 tons of ore per hour. From the Texas terminal, the silver, lead, and zinc ore was hauled north to the railroad in Marathon. When the mine was abandoned, the tramway was left to rot and rust away. Most of it was built in too rugged a terrain to be economic to salvage. Today the rusting cables snake across the desert along the tramway route. Most of the towers have collapsed, but a number still stand, their decay slowed by the dry climate.
This trail is dry, with very little shade. Late fall to early spring are the best times to do this hike; in summer the hike can be brutal. Carry plenty of water any timeSeveral old tramway towers still stand along the Ore Terminal Trail of year. The trail is lightly used and maintained only irregularly, but is generally not too difficult to follow."