Crystal Mine

  

The Crystal Mine gets its name from the crystals that were mined here. During World War II crystals were needed in abundance for use in two-way radios. Dynamite was used to blast the hillside and bring the crystals to the surface.

It is still possible to find nice whole crystals in the blast remnants; though it takes some work. Digging and collecting is allowed. You are allowed to remove one 5-pound bucket of crystals per week.

General Information

Accessibility:
Directions:

To access from Bordertown side:

  1. Proceed down the 002 Road approximately six miles; you will come to a bend in the road. At this point you will see that the 002 continues and another road goes off to the right. This is the 033 Road.
  2. Turn on the 033 and follow it up to the parking lot at the base of the Crystal Mine.

To access at Verdi:

  1. Proceed down the 002 Road approximately nine miles; you will come to a bend in the road. On the left side of the bend is the 033 Road, but it can be difficult to see from this side. Be sure to be looking for it as it is easy to pass.
  2. Turn on the 033 and follow it up to the parking lot at the base of the Crystal Mine.

Note: The Crystal Mine can also be accessed on foot from Lookout Campground. You will find a well-marked hiking trail to the north of the day use area. This trail will take you all the way to the Crystal Mine.


Activities


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