Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch


July: Wednesday - Sunday at 10am, 11am, 12pm,1pm, and 2pm

typically open June-September

Cost & Reservations

$10/person (ages 4+)

reservations and payment are required 2 hours prior to tour time

Where to park

There is free on-site parking. The mine is a two minute drive from downtown Breckenridge or a 15 minute walk. 

Where to meet

Lomax Placer Mine

301 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

The BHA has reopened to the public 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 Summer 2020 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

Closed-toe shoes are recommended and dressing for the weather is important. During BHA's phase 1 of reopening this summer, we will offer scheduled tours only. 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! You may get wet while panning. Click here for more FAQs.

Best for

Kids of all ages and families. A great activity for family reunions and multi-generational groups.

Wondering whether to visit the Lomax Mine or the Washington Gold & Silver Mine? If you are seeking a more informal but authentic gold panning experience visit Lomax. Also, if you have younger children (6 and under), Lomax is more suitable. 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.

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

Wander through and soar above this placer mine in Breckenridge, CO and get a glimpse of what you can explore while gold panning at Lomax Gulch!

What is the BHA?

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves unique historic resources in the Breckenridge area and connects residents and visitors to our past through inspiring interpretation of heritage sites and stories. 


Mailing Address:  PO Box 2460

Welcome Center:  203 South Main Street

Administrative Office:  309 North Main Street

Breckenridge, CO 80424

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