Washington Gold and Silver Mine Tour



typically offered June-September

Cost & Reservations

$15/adult (ages 13+),  $10/child (ages 4-12)​​

reservations and payment required 2 hours prior to the tour

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.

Where to meet

Washington Gold and Silver Mine

465 Illinois Gulch Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

About the tour  (cancelled until further notice)

Miners worked long hours underground in search of precious minerals. On this guided tour, head 200 feet underground into the Washington Mine, one of Breckenridge's largest gold and silver mines in the mid 1880s. Learn how miners found minerals underground, see original mining equipment and explore several mining buildings at this reconstructed site. Learn to pan for gold from an expert - what you find is yours to keep! 

What to expect

This is an indoor/outdoor guided tour offered in sun, wind, and snow. The mine adit is generally cooler than the outside temperature. Closed toe shoes and a warmer layer are recommended. The tour with gold panning lasts approximately 90 minutes. A hard hat is provided and required to enter the mine adit. Click here for more FAQs.

Best for

Families and kids 6 and up, couples, and people looking for a gold mine tour with gold panning.

Wondering whether to visit the Washington Gold and Silver Mine or the Lomax Mine? 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. If you are seeking a more informal but authentic gold panning experience visit Lomax Mine. Also, if you have younger children (6 and under), Lomax is more suitable.

What guests say

"Our guide, Ian, was very knowledgeable, witty, and engaging with all ages. We learned about mining in the area, went into an interpretive mine (with hard hats and all!) and then learned to pan for gold. My father actually found real gold! We were all given a vial to save and keep whatever we found. The kids brought back a lot of fools gold and were pretty excited about it. All in all, it was a great value and we learned something while having fun."

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

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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