Destination: Swiss Boy Mine
General Location: Northeast of Winfield
How To Get There:Approximately .2 of a mile east of Winfield, park on the side of County Road 390. The old wagon road to the mine is not marked, but go into the tree area on the north side of the road and with little effort you can easily locate the old wagon road to the mine which is 1/2 mile with a 400 foot elevation gain.
Difficulty: The old wagon road is fairly steep, but in good condition all the way up, with the exception of one or two spots where the aspen have grown over rather densely. Work your way through the aspen, watching for logical roadway evidence, and the road eventually opens up again.
Private Property & Responsible Recreation: 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.
History of Swiss Boy Mine: The Swiss Boy was one of the first mines in the area, producing mainly silver and copper ore, and was worked by a number of different prospectors under lease until 1893. Reports show that three years later, Jacob Sands had a lease for three years during which time had paid royalties on $87,000 worth of ore alone.
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