Visit historic Sunflower Mine (a.k.a. National Mine). When you reach the mill, you’ll see a giant steel pipe that tumbled a reddish-brown ore called cinnabar. The resulting fine particles were burned in vertical furnaces with coke to produce mercury gas. The gas liquified after being cooled in giant U-shape tubes. Most of this equipment is still standing inside a large dilapidated wooden building. Large mines are scattered on hillsides around the mill. Never enter a mine regardless of how safe it may appear.
Tonto National Forest has removed the temporary closure due to the fires for this trail. Road conditions may have changed, don’t go alone.
Tonto National Forest temporary closure. Due to several fires, this area has restrictions. Read forest order here. For updates go to N.F. website for alerts and notices.
We did this trail on Saturday, Nov 16th 2019. Four side by sides. FUN FUN FUN ride! We did it...See More