Fortuna Mine

This is not a beautiful drive, but you'll be rewarded at the end.

Total Miles

7

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Elevation
817'
Duration
1 Hour
Technical Rating
3 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter

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Trail Overview
Fortuna Mine
To get to Fortuna Mine, you'll need to cross some unsightly terrain, but seeing this mine from the 1890s is worth it. Licensed and street legal ATVs and UTVs are allowed here. If you continue south you'll connect to El Camino Del Diablo West. Entering Barry M. Goldwater Range requires a small fee.
History
A rich vein of gold was discovered here in 1894 with full production under way between 1896 and early 1900. At that time, as many as 100 people lived here, while a 20-stamp mill was operating. The town, called “Fortuna,” had a general store, barbershop, blacksmith shops, cookhouses schoolhouse, doctor’s office and several saloons. Late in 1900, the vein ended at 800 ft., and the mine abruptly closed. Source: Kiosk at the site.
Getting There
Get off Interstate 8 at Exit 14, Foothills Blvd. Head south from exit and immediately head east along S. Frontage Road. When pavement ends, turn right on S. Ave.15 E. and follow it to the end.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Phoenix
(623) 580-5500