Gold Tourism


Many places across Colorado are worth visiting to learn more about the history & science of finding gold in Colorado. Some are worth a trip just to see them, others are more of a “see it if you happen to be in the area” sort of site. Which are which is a matter of personal taste in most cases of course. Virtually all of them make a good excuse to see a beautiful part of the state so, either way, “enjoy!”.

If you know of a cool museum, mine tour, gold mining ghost town hike, etc that I should add, feel free to let me know. Also consider joining the Facebook group ‘Finding Gold in Colorado’ to join the community of Colorado oriented gold prospectors and adventurers. Get your questions answered, advice found and prospecting buddies arranged too!

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Guided prospecting outings can be awesome!

My long time friend Don runs Goldstrike Adventures. He and his staff will take a group out (kids are free) to prospect for gold in the mountains just west of Denver or even in town if that’s what works for you. Why do this? – you want to prospect on a real federal mining claim […]

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Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail – a loop around Leadville

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. We parked and walked a […]

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Gold Tourism – Iowa Hill Hydraulic Mining historic site

Learning about gold placer mining includes everything from panning (which we all do) to sluicing, dredging and, at the large industrial scale, hydraulic mining. Maybe you’ve seen modern hydraulic mining on TV. The Gold Rush TV show included this technique when the Hoffman team was in South America and late one season on the claim […]

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Satisfy your gold fever with a little winter reading and digging

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 the web regarding Colorado gold. […]

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Gold Tourism News Flash: Grand Opening of view point for Cripple Creek Gold Mine

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 there? Well, maybe barely. There […]

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Gold Prospecting & Tourism – Lomax Placer

  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 9 (just southwest of the […]

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

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 cover the state capital dome. […]

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Gold Tourism – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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 a preview of the gold […]

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Gold Tourism – The Phoenix Mine Tour

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 to take home a nice […]

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