Washington Mine Tour & Milling Exhibit
typically offered June-September
Country Boy Mine offers mine tours year round.
Cost & Reservations
reservations and payment required 2 hours prior to the tour
Where to park
There is free on-site parking. The parking area is located just below the mine where the temporary port-o-let is. For those without a car, the Summit Stage Free Bus has a stop near the mine on the Boreas Pass Loop.
Where to meet
About the tour (Summer 2021)
Plans are underway to create a new guest experience at the Washington Gold and Silver Mine site. The site will include a recently installed Milling Exhibit about ore processing. Please note: The mine site and mill exhibit are currently inaccessible due to winter conditions.
Miners worked long hours underground in search of precious minerals. Learn how miners found minerals underground, see original mining equipment and explore several mining buildings at this reconstructed site. Learn to pan for gold from an expert - what you find is yours to keep
What to expect
This is an indoor/outdoor guided tour offered in sun, wind, and snow. The mine adit is generally cooler than the outside temperature. Closed toe shoes and a warmer layer are recommended. The tour with gold panning lasts approximately 90 minutes. A hard hat is provided and required to enter the mine adit. Click here for more FAQs.
Families and kids 6 and up, couples, and people looking for a gold mine tour with gold panning.
Wondering whether to visit the Washington Gold and Silver Mine or the Lomax Mine? If you are interested in an underground mine experience and a more formal tour we recommend the Washington Gold & Silver Mine Tour. It is also better suited for older (6 and up) kids. There is gold panning at the end of the Washington Mine Tour. If you are seeking a more informal but authentic gold panning experience visit Lomax Mine. Also, if you have younger children (6 and under), Lomax is more suitable.
What guests say
"Our guide, Ian, was very knowledgeable, witty, and engaging with all ages. We learned about mining in the area, went into an interpretive mine (with hard hats and all!) and then learned to pan for gold. My father actually found real gold! We were all given a vial to save and keep whatever we found. The kids brought back a lot of fools gold and were pretty excited about it. All in all, it was a great value and we learned something while having fun."
Did you know?
Miners were a superstitious breed - whistling was not allowed as it was believed to scare away good spirits and rich ore. Also, ask your guide about Tommy Knockers and how miner's tried to stay on their good side.
dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice; all activities weather dependent