Salt Mine Parking coordinates are N34° 32.808' & W111° 52.399
We were at Camp Verde to meet with our daughter and her family. It was
the day after Christmas when we got together and started visiting
different nearby areas. This place is one where the whole family can
enjoy a little bit of rockhounding. A family sedan can make it to the
parking site, but a little caution will be need to do the last several
hundred feet safely. It is not too rough, just use a little care when
pulling off the pavement. To get to the parking area, head east on Hwy
260 when you exit the Interstate (I-17). At Oasis Rd head south, when
you reach Salt Mine RD go right (south) to the given parking
The first picture shows a view
from the parking coordinates. You can see a salt covered hill nearby.
The road leading onto the mine is closed to vehicles, but there is a
"people gate" that allows access to the old mine. Just follow this road
a short distance and you will come to a concrete slab. You may wish to
start your sampling on the slopes to the left. Where you see white is
where you need to start looking.
The white is salt, not snow!Son-in-law at the bottom and the grandkids at the top.Close-up of the grandkids.This is a good area to start your search.Salt weathering out of the hillside.A miniature salt forest.A clump of small salt crystals.Notice that some of the crystals are already turning white from drying out once they were exposed to air.Back to RockhoundingHome Click
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