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! Additional cost for gold panning.
Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 4pm
The Lomax Mine Site is typically open June-September.
The mine site is FREE with a $5 suggested donation
Gold Panning is $10/person (ages 4 and up)
Includes a brief gold panning lesson, use of a pan and access to the on-site stream.
Gold panning can be paid for on-site or in advance online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2. If purchased in advance, you must provide your receipt as proof-of-purchase at the mine site. Please call 970-453-9767 x2 for more information.
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.
We do not provide refunds for gold panning paid in advance. Please call 970-453-9767 x103 with any questions or concerns.
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.
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