Boriana Mine Road

An Explorer's Guide to Boriana Mine in AZ

Boriana Mine is an abandoned tungsten mine at an elevation of 1.711m (5,613ft) above the sea level located in Mohave County, in the US state of Arizona. High clearance and four-wheel drive vehicles only.

Can you drive to Boriana Mine in AZ?

Set high in the Hualapai Mountains, east of Yucca, the road to the mine is totally unpaved. It’s called Boriana Mine Road. Starting at Alamo Road in Yucca, the road is 24.46km (15.2 miles) long. Boriana Mine was the largest tungsten mine in Arizona and closed in 1957 after a major fire. The mine produced tungsten, copper and gold (in that order).

Is the road to Boriana Mine in AZ challenging?

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona, the drive is pretty hairy in parts. It starts gravel and in good conditions, but soon deteriorates to a narrow shelf road that requires 4wd in several spots. The road is narrow and rocky in places with switchbacks that may intimidate novice drivers. High clearance and four-wheel drive required. As at all old mining locations be very careful and observant to your surroundings. Not recommended to complete this long and arduous trail when snow or ice is present on the road. Be careful: low desert runs can be extremely hot during the summer. Snow in winter is common.

Is the road to Boriana Mine in Arizona steep?

The road to the mine is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Alamo Road, the road is 24.46km (15.2 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.107 meters. The average gradient is 4.52%.
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