Calcite Mine

Take a trip back in time to an area named for its mineral deposits and its importance during WWII.  John Hilton (of plein-air desert landscape fame) sold the calcite mine to the Polaroid Corporation which used the mineral to make optical sites for guns and other weapons.  In 1945, mining stopped, leaving behind trenches where the calcite had been gouged out of the surrounding sandstone.  The area also has remarkable rock formations and slot canyons begging to be explored.  The road to the mining area make for excellent hiking, and a rather challenging four-wheel drive.  As you adventure through the area keep your eyes open for the Locomotive Rock, Red Hill, and Travelers Peak.