Abril Mine

Total Miles
18.2

Elevation

2,123.62 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Abril Mine is an old zinc and copper mine located high on the western slopes of the Dragoon Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The Middlemarch Road is a passenger car road from Tombstone well up into the Dragoon Mountains. The road to the mine is not suitable for cars but is a fairly easy Jeep trail. Views from the high ground are great. There is a reasonably wide shelf road approaching the mine. The mine is at the end of the road and there is room to turn. Walk a very short distance and look for an open mine on the right.

Photos of Abril Mine

Abril Mine
Abril Mine
Abril Mine

Difficulty

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

History

Lynn Bailey's Book "Mines, Camps, Ranches, and Characters of the Dragoon Mountains" has a good description of the history of the mine. According to Bailey, the mine's name came from two Abril brothers who took over the claims in the area in 1915. Apparently, little work other than assessment work was done until the 1930's when production from the mine really commenced.Production peaked in the years from 1946 to 1950 when 30,000 tons of bornite(copper) and zinc ores were shipped to a custom mill in Bisbee. By 1953, the mine was pronounced exhausted. But in the early to mid 1960's another operator shipped approximately 40 tons of copper and zinc ore.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Morgan Simis
May 05, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Washboard
Middlemarch road that leads into the hills is dusty and slightly wash boarded, and continues to be wide and fair until around middlemarch pass where it becomes a double track. The first sections of track are perfectly navigable by most vehicles with even moderate ground clearance. At a few points there are a couple of minor ruts, and one moderately steep stretch up to the top, after which it slopes downhill towards the mine at the end of the track. At a couple of points down near the mine it gets a little narrow and off camber, but nothing serious at all. Overall, a decent cruise, with some good views and an opportunity to go and explore some death trap mines.
Sally Tree
Mar 23, 2024
SxS
Open
Normal
Dusty
Dust at the beginning then not too bad. Passed 3 different groups at various points both ascending and descending. Trailer was as described, nothing major.
Jason Depersis
Feb 18, 2024
2017 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Max Darsonval
Oct 17, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

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