Washington Gold & Silver 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. Walk underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep!

Wasghington Mine


Closed for the Season - Will Re-Open in June 2015

Please check back; we will post our summer schedule when it is finalized.


$15/Adult, $10/Child (ages 4-12) *includes souvenir gold pan*

Reservations are required at least 1 hour* prior to the tour and can be made online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2.

*Online tickets purchased within 1 hour of the start time of the tour cannot be verified; please call 970-453-9767 x2 for more information.

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


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

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

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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.