Washington Mine and Milling Exhibit

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Schedule

closed for the season; typically open June - September

 

Where to go

Washington Mine and Milling Exhibit

465 Illinois Gulch Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Where to park

There is free on-site parking. The parking area is located just below the mine where the temporary port-o-let is. For those without a car, the Summit Stage Free Bus has a stop near the mine on the Boreas Pass Loop.

About the site

Miners worked long hours in search of precious minerals. See original mining equipment and explore several mining buildings at this reconstructed site. The Washington includes a new exhibit featuring all of the major equipment used to process ore harvested from underground mines. Peer into a shaft and chat with an interpreter about the hard life of a miner. Note: This is not an underground mine site. 

What to expect

This is an outdoor site that guests can visit on their own pace. An interpreter will be present to provide a short guided tour or answer any questions. Guests can expect to spend 15-60 minutes at this site. Closed toe shoes and layers are recommended. Parking is very limited. Click here for more FAQs.

Best for

Families and kids 6 and up, couples, and people seeking information about Breckenridge's mining history. There is a wealth of information and equipment at this site but no interactive experience. If you're interested in gold panning, please visit our Lomax Mine.

What guests say

"We would like to thank Andrea for hosting an amazing experience this morning. Our whole family had fun and really learned a lot. She made the experience entertaining and comfortable.  She was incredibly patient with all the questions my little ones kept asking."

Did you know?

Miners were a superstitious breed - whistling was not allowed as it was believed to scare away good spirits and rich ore. Also, ask your guide about Tommy Knockers and how miner's tried to stay on their good side.

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