Washington Mine Tour and Gold Panning

Once gold and silver were discovered in Summit County, hundreds of underground mines sprang up in Breckenridge and the surrounding region. In the mid-1880s, the Washington was one of the area’s largest gold and silver mines, with five main shafts and over 10,000 feet of underground workings. Today, you can take a journey back in time to Breckenridge's hard rock mining era with one of our expert guides at our reconstructed interpretive site. Walk 200 feet underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

Wasghington Mine


This site is typically open June through September.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON (will reopen in June)

June 10 - September 3, 2017
Tuesday through Sunday at 11am and 1:30pm
reservations required at least 1 hour prior to tour


$15/Adult, $10/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.

Buy Tickets

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

Location & Directions

465 Illinois Gulch Road, Breckenridge, CO

From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street) travel south on Main Street. Turn left onto Boreas Pass Road and travel for 1.0 mile. Turn right onto Illinois Gulch Road and the mine site is an additional 1/3 of a mile on the left. There is  parking available at the mine site.

Cancellation Policy

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


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

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.

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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