On this trip to the Cottonwood Valley we located a possible hunting blind, and two small sites with pottery sherds. We also came across multiple shelters in the area, but our question was, are they natural rock shelters or are they mining prospects*? Normally a mine is pretty easy to identify, but in this case there were not a lot of the tell-tale signs for us to go by.
When I checked my topo maps and online I could not find our “shelters” listed as either a mine or a prospect. There was some visual evidence pointing to them being natural shelters, but at the same time, because of where they were located, there is an excellent chance they could be mines or prospects.
*Definition of a Prospect: An area that is a potential site of mineral deposits based on preliminary exploration. Also, to work (a mine, ledge, etc.) experimentally in order to ascertain its richness in precious minerals.