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Tip Top Mine

This is just one of the roads in the popular Table Mesa area.

Total Miles

13

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Elevation
22,641'
Duration
5 Hours
Technical Rating
6 / 10
Best Time
Spring/ 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
Tip Top Mine
Take your time to experience everything there is to do and see here. You'll wind around a main road taking you to a lot of some great old historic locations like Indian Fort and the Tip Top Mine.
History
The Tip Top Mine was active in the 1870s. Ore from the mine was milled in the town of Gillette. Ruins of the Burfind Hotel still stand in Gillette; however, the town is on private land and recently the landowner barricaded all entry roads to the townsite. The Indian Fort (a.k.a. Indian Mesa) may have housed as many as 200 Indians at one time. Water and sand from the Agua Fria River provided the ingredients for their pottery. If you find any pottery shards, do not remove them.
Getting There
Get off Interstate 17 at Table Mesa Road, Exit 236. On west side of freeway, take paved Table Mesa Road north. Be careful not to go west past Table Mesa Road or you'll get back on the freeway. Watch for a large staging area on the left after pavement ends in about 0.6 miles. We started here. Signs say you need a State Trust Land permit to park here.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Hassayampa Field Office
Phoenix District
(623) 580-5500