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NEW Directory of Active Mines in Arizona 2019

In FY 2019, there were 380 active, full-time mines or development projects in the state of Arizona (Richardson and others, 2019). The new Directory of Active Mines in Arizona: FY 2019, a joint product of the Arizona Mine Inspector’s Office and the Arizona Geological Survey, characterizes those active mines.

Arizona typically ranks 2nd to Nevada in non-fuel mineral production annually in the U.S. mining industry. Mined mineral resources in Arizona (Fig. 1) range from metals, chiefly copper with minor production of gold, silver, iron ore, lead and zinc (Fig. 2), to a broad suite of industrial minerals dominated by aggregate (sand, gravel, and building stones) complemented by cement and lime, flagstone, gemstone, cinders, and gypsum, among other mineral resources.

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Figure 1. Mines by Commodity Family                                Figure 2. Metallic mine commodities

This Directory of Active Mines in Arizona includes a brief report with three figures, seven plates displaying mine distribution across the state and by individual counties, an excel sheet listing the location, ownership, and mineral commodity of active mines, and a KMZ file for illustrating the active mines in Google Earth. Additionally, the data is viewable as a web map at

This is the first directory of active mines since the Arizona Dept of Mines and Mineral Resources released Directory of Active Mines in Arizona (2007).


This work fulfills recently amended sections 9-461.05, 11-804, and 27-106 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, which go into effect on August 13, 2019 following Governor Ducey signing H.B. 2453 into law on May 13, 2019.


Hart, J., 2018, Office of the Arizona State Mine Inspector 117th Annual Report – Calendar Year 2018, 38 p.

Niemuth, N.J., Bain, D. and Kimbler, 2007, Directory of Active Mines in Arizona. Arizona Dept. of Mines and Mineral Resources D-51, 54 p., 1 map plate and 1 Google Earth kml file.

Richardson, C.A., Swartzbaugh, L., Evans, T. and Conway F.M., 2019, Directory of Active Mines in Arizona: FY 2019. Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report-19-04, 12 pages.

Posted by AZGS Staff