Mine Shaft Trail
Recommended Users: Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers
Managing Agency: BLM and Private
Access: Mine Shaft Trailhead – From I-15 north take Exit 22 and continue straight on Main Street through downtown Leeds and travel 2.2 miles to Babylon Road (900 N). From 1-15 south take Exit 23 and turn left on Silver Reef Road and then immediately turn left on Main Street and continue .7 miles to Babylon Road.
Turn right onto Babylon Road (900 N). This road requires a high clearance vehicle and may require 4x4 wheel drive past the Toquerville Mine Trailhead (depending on sand and mud conditions). Continue 2 miles to the Toquerville Mine Trailhead (horse trailers should park here). Continue another 1.5 miles to the Mine Shaft Trailhead. The trailhead has one parking space. If full, do not park on the side of the narrow road, but return to the Sand Cove Trailhead (.5 mile back) and hike/bike/ride in.
Description: The Mine Shaft Trail starts from two different locations. The Mine Shaft Trailhead is located along Babylon Road and provides access to the trail immediately after the step-over in the fence. The other access point is a junction with the Historic Babylon Trail at the southern end of the Mine Shaft Trail; this junction is located .45 miles from the beginning of the Historic Babylon Trail. The Mine Shaft Trail is a great way to connect to the Historic Babylon and East Reef Trails.
The majority of the Mine Shaft Trail is on a steep historic road used for mining. This short 0.45-mile route follows the Grapevine Wash riparian corridor and takes you alongside the steep basalt-capped hillside of East Reef. Historical mining adits and tailings are visible on the east side of the trail. Stone embankments used for the construction of the Historic Babylon Road can be seen to the west. Many colorful layers of ancient, exposed sediments from the Jurassic and Triassic eras are visible in the surrounding hills. Be aware that a portion of this route crosses private land, so please stay on the trail at all times.