Finding Something Unexpected in an Unnamed Prospect (Abandoned Mine) Near Hillsboro, New Mexico

Finding Something Unexpected in an Unnamed Prospect (Abandoned Mine) Near Hillsboro, New Mexico

Ending our adventure in a mining district near Hillsboro, New Mexico, we explore an unsuspected surprise. I knew of an adit (mine entrance) just above Highway 152 heading into Hillsboro, but could find no history of it on the USGS reports. I assumed it to be a small prospect that probably didn’t go very far into the mountain, but this mine was not the case. A few hundred feet into the workings, we observed brilliant colors of yellow, orange, and turquoise lining the back and ribs of the drift. The turquoise looks to be chrysocolla or another copper-based ore, and the yellow seemed to be some sulfur-based sticky clay at the time. An afterthought also might have been uranium, but I have no idea. If anyone knows, please enlighten me in the comments!



  1. George A. on March 26, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I’ve often wondered what was in there. Thanks for showing me! By the way, there are more in that area. There is a much bigger one not far from there. If you do a little more exploring you’d be surprised what you might find. I won’t go in to them that far. You’re crazy for doing it but I’m glad you are so I can live vicariously!😁👍🏻

  2. Tarry Smith Sr. on March 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    What mine is this? I’ll pay you to claim it for me 😉

  3. Richard Taihitu on March 26, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Good morning Sir, in Indonesia a stone with many colors is called Panca Warna …

  4. Dan Lutjemeier on March 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Curious if this in just above and north of 152, is the "S curves" before dropping down into Hillsboro ) my mother lives there). I’ve hiked almost every inch of the area but didn’t enter all of the adits. BTW… if you haven’t hiked the nearby "Box" you’ll want to be sure to do that. Thanks for the video!

  5. Banjo Gonzales Universe of wonder on March 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Have you found out the name of it it on “The Diggings”

  6. Banjo Gonzales Universe of wonder on March 26, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I’ve got a mine adit about 2 miles from where I live outside of Gallup NM. It’s just one of a bunch of abandoned uranium mines in my neighborhood. I live across from the old United Nuclear disaster site.

  7. Adam Spears on March 26, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Y’all should do your own porno.
    You can call it, "Sex With Miners"

    Follow the happy trail…Deeper! Deeper! Now use the Pick Axe!
    Is that a vein? Oh yes!
    Hard as a rock, you are!
    Oh right there, that’s the spot, get in there… fill up my cart with it, yeah baby!
    You like that?…..Its dark. Its wet. Keep going deeper. Follow that vein! Oh yes. Oh yes, baby….hard as a rock. Get it! Get up in there! Its tight. Squeeze in there!
    Look at this shaft! Look at the vein in this long shaft! Rock hard!!! The deeper, the wetter it gets!
    Ride me like a cart baby, yeah!!!

  8. Roxy Rain on March 26, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Horse at mark zero.
    Your thumbnail …see the horse behind you? Look at the entire rock in the view area, it’s the head and neck of a giant horse.

  9. Adam Spears on March 26, 2021 at 11:30 am

    "Whoa yeah, look at dat!"
    -Reminds me of the time I first got my hands on a Playboy🤣

  10. gringochoppers on March 26, 2021 at 11:36 am

    You need a oxygen meter if you’re gonna go deep into mines

  11. Me Me on March 26, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I’m going to be in the area soon and would love to check out this site. Would you mind giving me some directions?

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