Every year for the last 50 years an outstanding group of individuals gather in Moab Utah for comradery and adventure. These choice group of men and woman are the Jeepers. The event? No other than the infamous Easter Jeep Safari itself! During this time of the year, social class has no ranking, everyone comes together for the same intention. American ingenuity is displayed at it's finest.
In honor of Easter Jeep Safari's 50th anniversary, Adventuring America Off-Road is here to bring you some high lights of Easter Jeeping from the past with ongoing updates. Sit back and enjoy.
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Welcome To The Black Hills
This place is straight up cool! There are few places left where you can investigate cave and mining tunnels on your own. This is one of them! With that being said...PLEASE DON'T FLOCK HERE AND DISPLAY STUPIDITY GETTING THE PLACE SHUT DOWN!!!...respect the owners and their kindness to keep the old mine open to the public. That's right, the Ingersoll Mine is privately owned and a great example of the American Ingenuity and Americas past glory years.
It was shut down for some time years ago from stupidity. People trashed it and graffiti some of it. So, let's keep this awesome piece of the American West open for generations to come by using common since, hiking out what you hike out, and not demolishing the history and local wildlife (the bats).
Lets get on to the good stuff ;) The Ingersoll Mine is also known as The Ben Butler Mine and itself was functional until the 1970's, from what I could find. It was first discovered around 1880 with it's first productive year in 1922ish. The mine was in search of minerals such as Tin, Mica, Beryllium, Quartz, and Titanium. It is roughly a mile or so hike to the mine from the parking, which was tiny. Only big enough for 3 cars. It is a little hard to find the trail head, easy to miss. I saved the best for last so stay with me till the end.
This is the Ingersoll Mine itself. As old and crumbly as the structure is, it is still well enough intact to explore at your own risk. Of course you have to check out the old thing, who wouldn't ;)
The puppy was very uncertain of the floor here but curiosity won and bravery kicked in. Don't worry, she is fine. She is always adventurous.
Hiking farther up the mountain, we came to this huge mine. This particular one was real neat. The rock was so solid that there was minimal supports along the way. It appeared to me that this mine might be more resent than the last one I will show you, but I could be wrong. None the less, the Ingersoll Mine was proving to be worth the hike. This mine was not super long but very intricate and real pretty.
Down the trail and onto the big guy! This mine was so cool and took up most of our day. This is the stuff America was built upon, ingenuity and hard work. It is so crazy to think how these guys were able to do all of this.
We had a blast exploring these mines. The Black Hills definitely has American adventure ready to seek out. All I can say is "I'll be back"!
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)