Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch


closed for the season

the summer schedule will be posted when BHA reopens

typically open June-September

Cost & Reservations

site free to visit:  $5 suggested donation

gold panning:  $10/person

reservations NOT required but gold panning can be paid for in advance

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

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 several authentic mining cabins. Then, 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 is an indoor/outdoor mine site to explore at your own pace. Closed-toe shoes are recommended and dressing for the weather is important. It is free to visit the mine site and explore the historic buildings. You may also ask the docent for a guided tour of the buildings. For a fee, you can learn to gold pan and then pan in the on-site stream for as long as you like (until closing time). Use of a pan and a vial to keep what you find are included in the fee. 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!

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!

dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice; all activities weather dependent

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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