Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch
closed for the season; please check back in spring 2020 for the schedule
typically open June-September
Cost & Reservations
site free to visit:
$5 suggested donation
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
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.
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