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Name: Marble Mine Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (1.5 out of 5)
Time: 1 hour Region: SE Arizona
Length: 3.5 miles (one way), add 2 miles for optional trail Elevation gain/loss/change: +475 / -475 ft / +475 ft (one way)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 4800 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: January, 2011
Short Description: This is an easy trail to a small, but interesting old marble mine
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Marbleous;The Right Size; The Dragon's Lair Confluence.
References / Contact Information: Some data on marble mines in Dragoon Arizona;
Points of interest: An old marble mine and mining equipment.
Special Considerations: Easy 4WD (or high-clearance 2WD) in good conditions.
How to get there: From Tucson, take I-10 east to the Dragoon exit (318). Head south on Dragoon Rd for almost 4 miles. When you get to the center of Dragoon, keep left on E. Dragoon Rd (some maps call this Main Street). Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This is an interesting side trip to an old marble mine in the Dragoon Mountains. Most people (myself included) don't know that besides, copper, silver and gold, marble was also mined in Arizona.

General Information and History

This trail leads to a small marble mine. It doesn't look like much was taken from this spot, but how they removed it is very interesting.

The following is some information on what I believe may be this mine:

A former small surface marble products quarry complex located in the SE ΒΌ sec. 10, North-central sec. 27 and North-central sec. 35, T.16S., R.23E. Discovered by L.R. Ligier in 1909. Produced 1946-1965, 1978, and 1985. Additional names associated with this group of quarries: Yuma claims; Ligier Red Marble Quarry; Apache Yellow Quarries. NOTE: Alternate coordinates provided: 32.0053N, 110.005W.

Mineralization is marbleized, fractured, and folded white and colored Mississippian, Pennsylvanian and Permian limestones (Earp Limestone; Escabrosa Limestone).

Workings are quarries operations. A relatively small production of dimension stone and crushed marble were produced.

The Trail

Start in the small town of Dragoon. From the intersection of W. Dragoon Rd and Main Street (Waypoint 01), keep left on W. Dragoon Rd. Drive east for 1.5 miles until you reach N. Lizard Lane (Waypoint 002).

Turn right onto N. Lizard Lane (a dirt road) and drive 0.75 miles until you reach FR4216 (Waypoint 003). Turn onto FR4216. This trail is high-clearance 2WD or easy 4WD. At Waypoint 004, keep going straight (past FR4803 on left). Then keep right at the next two small roads (Waypoint 005 and FR4214) to stay on FR4216.

At the end of FR4216 you'll find a wide parking area. Directly in front of you is a small excavated hill. To the right of this (which can't be seen from the parking area) is the marble mine. Walk just to the right of the excavation and you'll see it (Waypoint 006).

There's some cool old mining equipment and marble ledges to explore. Enjoy!

If you want another place to explore that's close by, retrace your path to Waypoint 003 (intersection of N. Lizard Lane and FR4216). Take a left on N. Lizard Lane, then keep left at Waypoint 007. Keep driving almost two miles until you reach the end of the road (Waypoint 008). There's an old quarry and some neat mining equipment there. Turn around and you'll also have some nice views of the desert below.

When you're done, just follow the road back to Dragoon. Who knew visiting an old marble mine could be so much fun?


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