Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch

The first mining operations in Breckenridge were placer, or surface mines. Using water under high-pressure, miners scoured mountain hillsides, collected the released dirt and sediments from above and recovered gold deposits in long sluice boxes. The Lomax Mine, located near downtown Breckenridge, was an active hydraulic placer mining operation in the 1860's. Today, one of our expert guides will take you back in time to Breckenridge's early mining days. Step inside a miner’s cabin, see and feel original hydraulic mining equipment and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!



301 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge, CO


From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street) travel north on Main Street. Turn left onto Ski Hill Road and the mine is 1.0 miles further on the left. There is parking at the mine site.


Closed for the season

The Lomax Mine Site is open seasonally; please check back - we will post our Summer 2016 schedule when it is finalized.

Reservations are required at least 1 hour prior to the start of the tour.


$10/Adult, $5/Child (ages 4-12)

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2. Online tickets purchased within 1 hour of the tour cannot be verified; please call 970-453-9767 x2 for more information.

For online purchases, we will enter your information in our reservation system when your order is received. We do not issue paper tickets.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are required 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the tour to receive a refund.


Weather Policy: We will cancel a guided tour or hike for the following reasons: 1) if there is thunder and lightning in the area 10 minutes before a tour is scheduled to start, and 2) if the weather forecast predicts the temperature will be below zero degrees at the start of the tour. In each of these cases, a full refund will be given to guests.

Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed at the mine site or on the tour, with the exception of service animals.

Please note that smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted on any site or tour and we reserve the right to request you leave a site or tour if you are smoking.

Visit our FAQ's page for more information

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