The Mine Shaft was a room in Olmec's temple. Located in the far bottom-corner of the temple; the Mine Shaft is one of two rooms occupying that area to feature an elevator of some sort. The room is appropriately themed to a mine shaft. The room appeared in early Season One episodes with lead-gray paint on the back wall, then later made a return for the entire second season, this time with a wooden wallpaper design.

In the Mine Shaft, players were given the option of riding the wooden elevator up into the room directly above, climbing a ladder to enter The Shrine of the Silver Monkey if the door was unlocked, or busting through a breakaway stone wall on the room's right. Players often entered from the right of the room from The Dark Forest in Season Two, so the elevator was often used as was the Shrine ladder. The Mine Shaft is also known for its ability to slow contestants down considerably. An entire journey on the elevator takes approximately 10-12 seconds depending on how many jerks there are as the car rises. The elevator has malfunctioned before, stopping prematurely in The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora and stalling during the temple run of Galileo's Cannonball. The latter was later edited out of the run.

Seasons Used 1 & 2
Layouts Used I & II, X-XIV
Episodes Seen 1-6, 16, 41-80
Temple Guard Encounters The Golden Earring of Henry Morgan
Artifacts Featured Galileo's Cannonball
The Dead Man's Hand
The Imperial Purple Robe of Empress Theodora
The Lucky Medallion of Atocha
The Plumed Headdress of Cosa-Rara
The Golden Goblet of Attila the Hun
Adjoining Rooms The Shrine of the Silver Monkey (Layouts I, II, All of Season 2)
The Room of Three Torches (Layouts I & II)
The Viper's Nest (Layouts X & XI)
The Lightning Room (Layout XII)
The Room of the Secret Password (Layouts XIII & XIV)
The Tomb of the Ancient Kings (Layouts I & II)
The Dark Forest (Season 2)