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
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.
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