Abandoned Mines in Utah 

The history of mining in Utah goes back long before it was a state. The Spanish mined these mountains and the native peoples before that. The Bureau of Land Management estimates there 8,000 to 11,000 old mine shafts on public lands. 

That's just on public land though. There is an estimated 17,000 old mines in the state. From old gold and silver mines to more modern coal and uranium mines, holes have been dug all over the mountains and deserts. These can be fun places to explore and also dangerous. 

The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program 

A program was established to protect the public from the dangers these old mines present. Since 1975 they have been working sealing off the entrance to shafts using grates or covering them completely. 

Photo by Iswanto Arif on Unsplash
Photo by Iswanto Arif on Unsplash

They have been successful in protecting and cleaning some of the most dangerous mining areas. With the cooperation and pooling of resources, many of these sites have been cleared up. 

Look Out When Exploring

If you see tailings, or the rocks and dirt from a mine, be careful climbing around the area. The rock and dirt can be unstable and start to slide. If you do see a shaft, do not go inside. These old caverns can cave in. There can also be left over explosives, chemicals, and even radioactive materials. 

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It can be tempting to get around a grate or other obstacle placed to seal off the mine, but don't do it. Protect yourself by staying away. You can also contact the BLM if you locate an old shaft that poses a threat. 

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Utah houses many secret locations and though they are all no-visitors, they each have a unique history. Full List:

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9 Animals You Can Hunt Year-Round In Utah

If you're interested in hunting a specific species, I recommend visiting the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website (https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting/main-hunting-page.html) or consulting a local hunting guide for detailed information about regulations, seasons, and permits.
Have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience in Utah!

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