Belmont Mine Road

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Running through the ruggedly scenic Belmont Mountains, the trail's highlight is the Tonopah-Belmont Mine. The large mine operated around the turn of the 20th century, mainly producing silver and lead and employing approximately 50 men. Today there are numerous mine ruins still at the site. Explore with caution.

A tragic mine fire in 1911 resulted in 17 deaths, including William A. "Big Bill" Murphy. The 28-year-old operated the cage elevator that took men up and down the mine's vertical shaft. Murphy successfully took the cage down twice to rescue miners. He did not return from his third try. Nearby Tonopah erected a monument to honor the hero.

The trail is relatively easy, with a few off-camber spots and wash crossings. The northern half of the trail is on Arizona State Trust Land. A permit is required to camp. The southern half of the trail is BLM land. There's limited camping along the trail but abundant campsites north along Vulture Mine Road.