Breckenridge Gold Mine Tours

Prospectors came to Summit County during the gold rush of 1859.  Nearly all of the mines are now shut down but here are a few Breckenridge Gold Mine Tours that are still open to visitors:

Country Boy Mine

Country Boy Mine Tour
The Country Boy Mine Tour is a great walk through Breckenridge’s mining past.

Founded in 1877 Country Boy Mine is one of the oldest and most famous mines located in Summit County. Early in its 100-year history, the County Boy Mine was known for gold and silver production and later earned national fame by producing large amounts of high-grade lead and zinc for use in World War I and World War II. Today, the mine offers daily tours and gold panning during the summer.

Take a look st what a mine tour looks like at the Country Boy Mine. A mining tour is one of the best summer activities to do with the kids.

For more information including a full list on mining offerings visit www.CountryboyMine.com. Or check out these additional gold-panning sites and tours offered by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

Washington Gold Mine Tour and Gold Panning

Washington Mine in fall
The Washington Mine is one of the most picturesque mines in Summit County.

Tours offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
Once gold and silver were discovered in Summit County, hundreds of underground mines sprang up in Breckenridge and the surrounding region. In the mid-1880s, the Washington was one of the area’s largest gold and silver mines, with five main shafts and over 10,000 feet of underground workings. Today, you can take a journey back in time to Breckenridge’s hard rock mining era with one of our expert guides. Walk underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

Lomax Placer Mine Tour and Gold Panning

Gold panning during a Lomax Placer Mine Tour.
Gold panning during a Lomax Placer Mine Tour.

Tours offered seasonally; visit www.breckheritage.com for current schedule and pricing
The first mining operations in Breckenridge were placer, or surface mines. Using water under high-pressure, miners scoured mountain hillsides, collected the released dirt and sediments from above and recovered gold deposits in long sluice boxes. The Lomax Mine, located near downtown Breckenridge, was an active hydraulic placer mining operation in the 1860’s. Today, one of our expert guides will take you back in time to Breckenridge’s early mining days. Step inside a miner’s cabin, see and feel original hydraulic mining equipment and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

For more information on what to do during the summer, contact the Breck Information Specialists at (877) 864-0868. While in town, stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street. You can also fill out our activity request form to receive more information or view, download or order the Breckenridge Vacation Planner.

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