The Mary Murphy Mine is one of the more intriguing historical sites in this region, particularly since it has not had the benefit of restoration efforts. Several buildings are standing in various stages of deterioration.
To get to the Mary Murphy Mine, drive towards Hancock on County Road 295. Turn left at the sign for "Mary Murphy Mine" and drive (4-wheel drive only!) or hike the one mile up to the mine site.
Private Property & Responsible Recreation: Mary Murphy Mine & much of the surrounding area is on Private Property. Venturing off of public roads and lands onto private land is trespassing. The surrounding mountains have miles of underground tunnels and shafts. The area is dangerous and a once safe and stable area can suddenly collapse. The buildings also are in various state of decay and are also unsafe. Obey any posted signs, travel & recreate responsibly, and always tread lightly.
From "Ghost Towns and Back Woods Trails of Chaffee County, Colorado" - a video tape program. Copyright © 1997, Universal Systems, Inc.