Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 years later as The Valle Mining Company, his 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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Permits - Call first! 573-631-6875.

We have a lot of activities going on especially on weekends so call first 573-631-6875. Maybe download a Rate Card. Rates subject to change without notice, the card may be a little out of date by now.

  • Fishing
  • BYOH (Bring Your Own Horse)*. We require a valid Coggins test be on file for all horses.
  • Camping**, Prehistoric to Haunted to Luxe

* Day Permit: To bring a guest Seasonal Members may use the Drop Box. Any seasonal permit holder can bring any guest. The Drop Box (the mail slot) is located at 14116 Valles Mines School Road) across from the Gen. Store/History Museum buildings.

** No Permit Yet: Call FIRST or text a couple of days in advance (573-631-6875). Then visit the old General Store or Lost History Museum at 14115 Valles Mines School Road to buy one.

Camping is subject to availability. Exceptions include
  • "Not available during rifle deer season" and
  • "No camping in the Smelter Chimney EVER!"

But there's usually plenty of room otherwise. More fun with groups. Indoor Camping options include

Camp indoors in

  • our historic Furnace Tender's Cabin or
  • choose from 3 Log Cabins near the General Store in our ghost town.

We recommend you sleep dry then explore. Customary approach: set up your tent inside a cabin and zip those mosquitoes out. Obviously do not try this next to the stove.

The 4 current levels include
  • electric,
  • electric with wood stove,
  • Luxe with electric, wood stove, water (hydrant), flush plumbing.
  • RV with 30 amp hookup

Cabin #1 Cabin #2 Cabin #3