Lomax Mine Site and Gold Panning



closed for the season; typically open June - September

Cost and Reservations

This site is free to visit but reservations are required at least 2 hours prior to the tour time

Where to park

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

Where to meet

Lomax Placer Mine

301 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

About Lomax Mine Site

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 still carries gold flakes and fool's gold! Explore the authentic mining cabins and equipment and learn how to pan for gold. Then you can pan in the creek - what you find is yours to keep.

What to expect

This is an indoor/outdoor experience that lasts approximately 60 minutes. It includes an overview of mining history at Lomax and a gold panning demonstration. Guests can then use a gold pan to search for their own treasures in the stream on-site. Just remember that gold panning is like fishing - you don't always catch one! Please plan ahead - you may get wet while panning. Click here for more FAQs. The site is free to visit with a $5 per person suggested donation. 

Best for

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