Bangs Canyon is overseen run by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and offers tons of fun options for hiking, biking, OHV, and Jeep trails, along with some incredible canyon views along the way.

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Who Discovered Mica Mine near Grand Junction, Colorado?

History credits a few individuals for the discovery of the Mica Mine including Benton Cannon who was a real estate agent and prospector in Grand Junction. He is said to have located the cut around 1895. It’s unclear if he was able to find commercial success with it.

When the U.S. Geological Survey sent Douglas B Sterrett to inspect the site in the summer of 1911 the mine was overseen by a landscaper named Samuel A. Grady. In some publications, this site is called the Grady Mica Mine in Ladder Canyon, Mesa County, Colorado.

Where is Mica Mine Located?

The Bangs Canyon Recreation area is just South of Grand Junction and East of the Colorado National Monument. Trails, horseback riding, 4x4 trails, and tons of great scenery are yours to explore subject to posted rules and regulations.

Explore Colorado’s Outdoor Playground in Bangs Canyon

The mine is part of zone 3 of Bangs Canyon and is easy to find off of Little Park Road. We’ll include directions below. So many have made this hike over the years, but others have never even heard of it before. Take your time and enjoy it. It will take about an hour to reach the mine and an hour to get out.

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area: Mica Mine Trail

Take a day to visit the Bangs Canyon Recreation Area just south of Grand Junction, and East of the Colorado National Monument. Here you'll find some great hiking, biking, OHV trails, Jeep trails, horseback riding, and tons of fun things to do. For an easy hike that shows off the scenery check out the trail to the old Mica mine in Ladder Canyon.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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