Exploring Montezuma's Mine – Southern Utah
Exploring Montezuma's Mine – Southern Utah
Video Notes: I added captions for the quieter parts, so that is why some subtitles appear in only a few spots in the video. I also edited out the VERY loud portions in the video. So when you don’t hear music or our voices, it’s because I muted the the video and saved all of our eardrums! 🙂
This was a fun adventure and we had no idea what to expect when we went there! In my mind, I imagined the tunnels going several hundred feet, but in actuality there are only about 150 ft. worth of tunnels. Some people believe there is a large cave at the end of the tunnels, but the tunnels were so narrow that it was impossible for us to continue down them. And, we didn’t want to get even more sandy 😉
We didn’t find gold, but we loved living the history!
The Legend of Montezuma’s Gold
(There are several versions of this legend. I have pieced together a few of them for this video)
About 500 years ago, the Spanish Conquistadors invaded the land of the Aztecs in what is now known as Mexico. The Aztecs reportedly had so much gold that the Spanish were shocked that it was seemingly everywhere. Of course, the Spanish wanted this gold and soon their desire turned to lust. Seeing this lust, the king of the Aztecs, King Montezuma (also spelled Moctezuma), had a group of people and soldiers bring as much of it as possible to the Aztec Homeland: Aztlan.
Some people believe that the Aztec’s homeland is located in the area surrounding present day Kanab, Utah. The Aztecs travelled extremely far with much gold to get to this area and they dug tunnels in the sandstone mountains to hide their treasure. They supposedly carved petroglyphs as hints near the tunnels for anyone who would be searching for the gold.
Around the 1900s, a man by the name of Freddy Crystal was convinced that the Aztecs had hid their treasure near Kanab, Utah. He came into possession of a treasure map that showed the geography of what Freddy thought was the Kanab area! He followed the map to a place just outside of Kanab and found what appeared to be a tunnel sealed with stone and mortar. Using the only tools he had at the time, he used a pocket knife to break through the mortar. It proved too difficult and Freddy went to the town of Kanab to recruit any and all to help him retrieve the gold. It is said that 3/4 of the town came to his aid and helped clear out the tunnels that were backfilled with sand. They supposedly found bones and beads, but no gold.
So, the legend lives on to this day. Was the Aztec gold really hidden in the mountains of Kanab? We may never know! It is a fun place to explore and you should check out these other links for further reading. Also check out our own post on The Trek Planner!
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Seeing all that loose sand on the floor makes me wonder what it would take to dig it all out, and what might be found. It would be quite the undertaking!
Would the sand have been put there? just kinda weird that sand would be in a natural cave? Or a mine? just curious what you all think?
Y’all are crazy lol I would a legitimate panic attack crawling through there
Great video but both o Yall should really get helmets on! 👍
There is evidence it WAS STASHED there but was later moved,I have bee there and to the pond 9f the real resting place of the gold
It looks like someone already took off with the gold lol 😂
Wonder if anyone has brought a metal detector..
So you go off to film a mine and only bring one flashlight.
It’s the wendigo
Sand stone no minerals I think
Drove the Spaniards nuts lol
Hmmm….I’ve spent a LOT of time in abandoned mines, active mines, and caves, and I’ve gotta say…this resembles a cave more than a mine. All of the curves and passages are very soft and rounded, as opposed to a man-made mine where the walls and ceiling are very jagged and irregular. Also, with the exception of that small cluster of drill holes at 4:30 I didn’t see any evidence of hand tools anywhere. IMHO I believe this is a natural cave system as opposed to a man made structure. Anyways, I enjoyed the virtual tour, and thank you for sharing!
oh my! This place is unreal. would love to go here!
wish some would not tag ot leave graffiti.
Nice video, I know you saw drill marks, but looks like a lot was hand dug?
Interesting! Great video man! 🤙