ute ulay logoAs the first patented mining claim in Hinsdale County - and with an estimated $12 million mined between 1874 and 1903 - the Ute-Ulay mining complex spurred regional development and powered Lake City's economy for decades. Located three and a half miles from Lake City, this 12-acre site surrounding the Ute-Ulay is formerly known as the town of Henson.

This site demonstrates various eras of mining technology - from 1874 up to the 1980s. Structures that remain today include residential cabins, an assayer's office, the mill, a blacksmith shop, a boarding house, a red-cedar water tank, the main headframe, and several additional historically significant structures.

Thanks to a unique partnership of local government, a private mining company, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies, this area is being reclaimed as a heritage tourism destination to showcase mining history and offer outdoor recreational opportunities.

Congratulations to the Ute Ulay Project in 2016 for receiving funds for projects including the Division of Minerals, Reclamation & Safety (DRMS) for emergency stabilization of buildings and a five-day HistoriCorps project; a USDA Rural Development grant for business planning; an Endangered Places Program grant for a two-day HistoriCorps project; and a Bureau of Land Management grant for a National Historic Register nomination application.

The Ute-Ulay Mine and Mill stabilization and National Register nomination was the recipient of the 2018 State Historic Preservation Officer's Award.



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Hardrock Revision Report to Community October 2011 Download Preview
EPA and BLM Removal Action For Ute Ulay Mine & Mill Site; June 2013 Download Preview


Ute_Ulay Blog - Becky Sobell, Landscape Architect, Manchester Metropolitan University

2015: Ute Ulay Identified as a 2015 Colorado's Most Endangered Sites!

2013: Colorado County Sees Tourism in Historic Silver Mine, Associated Press article

2013: San Juan Mining Conference - Lake City, Colorado

Hardrock Revision Blog - (see HR Project Summary in documents above)

Hardrock Revision Blog - History of Ute Ulay

2012: Colorado Matters Podcast - Silver Mine Promised a New Life

2011: High Country News - Can an old mine become a work of art?