Mingus Mountain

This trail offers phenomenal views of Verde Valley.

Total Miles

19

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Elevation
7,750'
Duration
3 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Summer/ Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Mingus Mountain
Once you get through the lowland section of the trail, it climbs quickly up into the forest. If you want to see the fall colors, they peak in November. Views are impressive along the mountainside. You'll eventually pass Copper Chief Mine. Please obey all signs, as this mine is closed to the public. Camping is available, and the roads are open to unlicensed vehicles. This trail is not recommended in winter.
History
We found a 1926 government report stating a cyanide mill was in operation at the Copper Chief mine between 1916 and 1918, during which time the mine returned $875,800. The mine operated profitably for many more years. The mine is owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc., based in Phoenix. Recent activity at the mine involved installation of a passive water collection system to control seepage still coming from old mine shafts.
Getting There
Follow Highway 89A northwest through Cottonwood and turn west onto paved Mingus Avenue. At the time of this writing a Maverick Gas Station was located at this intersection.
Contact for Current Conditions
Prescott N.F.
Verde R.D.
(928) 567-4121