Mining Tourism


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Some of my readers here are planning a visit to the Rocky Mountains as part of a family vacation, prospecting adventure or other sojourn. If you are inexperienced with real mountains, you may have some anxieties about coming. Worried about extreme weather, fast moving rivers, dangerous animals, road conditions or […]

Welcome to the Mountains…Now Behave!   Recently updated !


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Most people stop at Vic’s Gold Panning to learn to gold pan. No shock right? But, honestly, there are lots of places to learn to gold pan…although some are less picturesque or less convenient (“Vic’s” is on the way from Denver to Blackhawk/Central City so its an easy stop when […]

Vic’s Gold Panning   Recently updated !


A visit to the WMMI will excite and educate anyone with an interest in gold mining in Colorado. Indeed this museum could almost be called the Colorado Museum of Gold Mining! When I visited I was thrilled to see their focus on gold mining while also educating on mining and […]

Western Museum of Mining & Industry




Leadville loop trail, mineral belt trail
The next time you are in the Leadville area, consider walking or biking the Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail to see cool gold rush artifacts and mining sites. My wife and I drove due east from Leadville on 7th Street for a mile or so until we crossed the trail. […]

Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail – a loop around Leadville




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I’m sitting at my computer, looking out the window at yet another winter storm (we’ve had almost 6 feet of snow this month (12/2016) here in Summit County!) and satisfying my gold fever with a little winter reading. I thought you might like to see some of the best of […]

Satisfy your gold fever with a little winter reading and ...


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If you are reading this now, you missed the grand opening but call about regularly scheduled tours or visiting hours. …to read more about this site and the area, check out this post: http://findinggoldincolorado.com/news-flash-new-viewpoint-at-cripple-creek-victor-mine/ Ok, sure Kevin, the tour sounds like fun but is there any gold I can pan […]

Gold Tourism News Flash: Grand Opening of view point for ...


  The Lomax Placer site gives you a chance to see and touch placer hydraulicing equipment at a site where it was actually used. You can also see a fully equipped gold assay office, small museum and learn to gold pan. As you drive up Gold Run Road from Highway […]

Gold Prospecting & Tourism – Lomax Placer



Newmont North America runs the huge open pit Cresson gold mine near Cripple Creek, a small town in the Colorado Rockies. The folks running the largest gold mine in Colorado today have done a lot to support the local community from sponsoring local sports leagues to donating the gold to […]

Gold Tourism: New viewpoint at Cripple Creek & Victor mine!


If you make it to Denver, this is a must stop! The Hall of minerals has lots of gorgeous crystals, mineral samples and lots of gold, especially Colorado gold. Here’s the entry area on the ground floor of the museum: They are even encouraging everyone to “be a prospector”!! Here’s […]

Gold Tourism – Denver Museum of Nature & Science


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I recently had a friend from China and her husband come visit. They wanted to spend a day as gold prospectors so we visited Arapahoe Bar to dig (see my post about that site here). We dug the bottom of an existing hole and did very well so they got […]

Gold Tourism – The Phoenix Mine Tour