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Location DB > United States > Arizona > Sunflower > Sunflower Mine
Sunflower Mine
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created by trevorland on 1/17/2006 6:25 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 11/7/2021 6:20 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Located along AZ 87 between Phoenix and Payson, AZ. Exit at Mt. Ord/Sycamore Creek turnoff approximately 28 miles south of Payson. From there, follow FR 626 to FR 201. The trail loosely follows the West Fork of Sycamore Creek to the mine ruins.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information

Sunflower, Arizona
United States
Owner: US Forest Service
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    It's an abandoned mercury mine!
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1868
    Closed: 1870
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  • 4WD vehicle or good hiking shoes. Also bring water, snacks, sunscreen, etc
  •  Recommended Equipment

    In the late 1800's this site was used to mine cinnabar ore, which was refined into pure liquid mercury. Today the trail is very popular with offroad/4x4 groups and is a scenic little place to visit in the Mazatzal Wilderness.

    The mine building was demolished by wildfire in 2012. All that remains is the large metal ore separator.
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    Sunflower Mine Adventure
    Wed, Jan 11th, 2006
    posted by trevorland

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    January 2006 Photos
    Wed, Jan 11th, 2006
    posted by trevorland
    30 pictures
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    After the Fire
    Sun, Nov 7th, 2021
    posted by trevorland
    1 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 11/7/2021 6:20 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:20, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:20, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Web Links
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:04, trevorland updated gallery picture sunflower-2016.jpg
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:03, trevorland added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:02, trevorland created a new gallery
  • on Nov 7 21 at 18:01, trevorland changed the following: Notes for Mods, Type, History, Status, Recommendation, Required Equipment, Description, Web Links
  • on Jan 17 06 at 20:33, trevorland updated a story
  • on Jan 17 06 at 20:33, trevorland updated a story
  • on Jan 17 06 at 20:27, trevorland made this location available
  • on Jan 17 06 at 20:27, trevorland updated a story
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