Clay County Mine

Clay County Mine at a Glance

The Clay consists of approximately 18 acres above ground. Like the Bates Hunter, the Clay is a historic mine whose workings date back to the Colorado Gold Rush. Unlike the Bates Hunter, the Clay is not served by a vertical shaft but rather by a series of inclines/declines that have direct access from a mine portal on the property. The inclines/declines connect with tunnels and shafts reaching over four hundred feet below grade. In this area other mines have successfully extracted ore from depths of over 2000 feet.

History of the Mine

Mine Restoration