Red Bluff Mine
Located in the picturesque Sierra Ancha Mountains of Arizona, the Red Bluff Mine is a great place to collect a few radioactive specimens. You will not find museum grade specimens here. What you will find are coatings along fractured rocks, and massive ore specimens containing Autunite, Uranophane, Torbnernite and Uraninite as disseminations through the rock. You should have no trouble finding specimens with count rates as high as 3,000 CPM or higher.
Take Hwy 88 North from Midland City ( between Claypool and Globe), Arizona. After 15 miles, turn right on HWY 288, after about 12 miles the pavement will end and the good dirt road begins. Two miles further up the road take the first dirt road that goes off to the right, after a few hundred feet turn right again and drive the short distance to the ore piles shown above. You can see these ore piles from the main dirt road before you turn off. The main mines and tunnels are just beyond the ore piles on the Southeast side of the hill. Stay out of the mines, they are dangerous and full of Radon gas.
Have fun and please be careful.
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