Cinnabar Mine

The Cinnabar Ghost Mine is approximately 14 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho that was a popular spot for backcountry tourers to visit.  It is one of the most intact historical mines in America according to some.   The ghost mine is mostly on private land and has several buildings registered under the national list of historical places.  Several of these historical buildings have been burnt down during USFS burn projects and currently, the USFS has the Sugar Creek road blocked so there is no access to the mine at this time via Sugar Creek Road.

Cinnabar was the economic ore that was mined intermittently for mercury and was in operation from 1921 to 1966 when it was closed down.


“The original discovery of cinnabar in this district was made by Pringle Smith during the Thunder Mountain boom in 1902, in a fork of Sugar Creek, afterward named Cinnabar Creek.”

“Prospecting for cinnabar was greatly stimulated by the high prices for the metal that prevailed during the world war, and in 1917.”

“The Yellow Pine cinnabar district is in Valley County, Idaho, about 70 miles by a poor mountain road from Cascade, Idaho. The active prospects are included in an area of about a square mile.”

Link to USGS geology report:

Link to info on Sugar Creek road closure from USFS Payette National Forest Blogspot:

Video of Cinnabar Images: