Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch
closed for the season; check back for summer 2021 hours
typically open June-October; weather permitting
Cost & Reservations
reservations and payment for all guests are required 2 hours prior to tour time; even if a member of your group doesn't intend to pan for gold, all guests must be included in the reservation as we have a strict guest maximum capacity on tours as per local requirements
Where to park
There is free on-site parking and restrooms. The mine is a two minute drive from downtown Breckenridge or a 15 minute walk.
Where to meet
The BHA reopened to the public summer 2020 with a limited museum and tour schedule. We are working within federal, state, and local guidelines to provide safe and memorable experiences for our guests. Please read our 2020-21 Guest Information before visiting a museum or booking a tour.
About gold panning at Lomax
The best and most authentic gold panning experience in Breckenridge! Lomax Gulch was an active gold mine site in the 1860s. Miners used high-pressure hoses, sluice boxes and gold pans to collect the precious mineral. The creek that runs through Lomax to this day still carries gold flakes - and fool's gold! Explore the site and learn how to pan for gold in the creek with one of our expert guides and find your own treasures - what you find is yours to keep!
What to expect
This summer, we will offer scheduled tours only at Lomax Mine and advance reservations and payment are required for all guests. Your docent will share the history of placer mining and teach you to pan for gold. Then, you can use a pan to seek your fortune in the creek on site and we'll give you a vial to keep what you find! Closed-toe shoes are recommended and dressing for the weather is important. You may get wet while panning. Click here for more FAQs.
Kids of all ages and families. A great activity for family reunions and multi-generational groups.
What guest say
"Highly recommend for a gold panning experience. Our guide Andrea was absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable about the history, minerals of the area, and how to pan. All in all it created a very relaxed, low key, but enjoyable time. Good for families."
Did you know?
The life of a prospector was hard. He often spent weeks or months trekking through the wilderness, sleeping on the ground, cooking in his gold pan, and standing is freezing stream water panning for gold. Don't miss the miner's cabin here - luxury compared to prospecting!
dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice; all activities weather dependent