Preservation of Kentucky Camp

Kentucky Camp is now a part of the Coronado National Forest, and is being restored for interpretation of mining camp life. Since 1991, the Forest has been stabilizing the buildings - repairing roofs and walls to prevent further deterioration. Much of the work was done by volunteers, working under the auspices of the Forest Service Passport In Time program and the Friends of Kentucky Camp. You can view a comprehensive list of upcoming Passport in Time projects by contacting the Passport in Time Clearinghouse. You can learn more about the current activities at Friends of Kentucky Camp.

Passport In Time volunteers build a retaining wall to protect one of the Kentucky Camp cabins. Projects have been held regularly since 1992. Currently, the Friends of Kentucky Camp hold monthly workdays to repair and restore the buildings.

 The Forest plans to restore the buildings to the way they appeared during the mining era. Until Kentucky Camp is restored, you should keep certain things in mind if you visit the site. The buildings are old and deteriorated, and should not be entered. Floorboards may give way. And, please do not remove anything from Kentucky Camp. Although they may appear old, broken and abandoned, all the artifacts will be used in reconstructing life at the camp.


Volunteer Howard Cearfoss, a member of Friends of Kentucky Camp, patches the adobe wall of the gold processing building. The Friends hold regular workdays to stabilize and restore the buildings.