— Getting to Mariscal Mine may not be easy. High-clearance vehicles are required. When we did this visit 10 years ago, the ranger told us that he was not sure the road was passable at some points. Yes, we encountered at least one spot where we had to get out of our vehicle to study how we’d continue our journey to Mariscal Mine. The trip in itself is a feast for the eyes, even before getting to Mariscal Mine. Once in the desert, you pretty much have a constant view of the Chisos Mountains in your horizon. Mariscal Mine was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1974. The mine is the best preserved mercury mining site in the state of Texas. Some of the structures are still there, including holding bins, furnace, condensing chambers and stack. A few entrances to the mine are still there, but closed. The landscape view from the top of the mine is magnificent. Keep in mind this photo is 10 years old and was taken with a 5 megapixel camera. It was still able to capture the beauty of the location. We were fully bundled for this January trip, and in fact upon returning to the Chisos Lodge, there had been some frozen precipitation in the area, giving it a very eerie look around the Lost Mine Trail parking lot.
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Taken: 6 January, 2007
Focal length: 7.1875mm
Location: 29° 5.7167′ 0″ N 103° 11.2667′ 0″ W
Shutter speed: 1/800s