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Old One Hundred Gold Mine – Silverton, CO

Old One Hundred Gold Mine is a fantastic tour which takes you 1/3 of a mile into Galena Mountain in ore cars.

You don mining hats and bright yellow coats as you take your seat in a real mining car.  After a brief history of the area and the mine, the cars slowing roll into the dark and wet cave.  The clack of the cars on the tracks is all you hear as you feel drops of water dripping from the cave ceiling.  Once you reach the 1/3 mile area, you leave the cars for a very informative tour that shows you old and current mining equipment, the mine shaft, how they dynamited the rock, and more.  There will be some good storied told as well!  Once back above ground, try your hand at REAL gold panning for silver, copper and gold flakes with water coming directly out of the mine.  New "miners" will not want to leave!


721 County Route 4a, Silverton, CO


See website for pricing

Tour Frequency

Tours depart hourly 10am through 4pm daily - no need to make a reservation

Tour Season: Usually goes from mid-May to mid-September


• Temperature underground is a cool 48°F, so a sweater or jacket is recommended and comfortable shoes
• Underground portion of tour lasts approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
• Mine altitude is 10,000 feet above sea level.
• Smoking is not permitted on the motor-coach, mine shuttle, or underground in the mine
• Rest rooms located at gift shop building.
• Video and flash cameras welcome!
• Large parking lot with plenty of room for RV’s
• Highly scenic road to the mine is paved for 2 miles, then well maintained gravel for the last three miles. Accessible to all cars and recreational vehicles.

** Tip your tour guide if they do a good job - ours was fantastic!


To get here, take US Hwy 550 (the San Juan Skyway) to Silverton. Drive down Silverton's paved main street through town. Just past the Courthouse and Museum, take a right turn onto County Road 2. Continue on CR 2 for two miles - passing the Mayflower Mill where the road becomes gravel - then two more miles to the ghost town of Howardsville. Past the "Alpine Loop" sign, cross the creek and immediately turn right onto County Road 4-A. Continue on CR 4-A 3/4 mile to the mine. Follow the blue and white "Mine Tour" directional signs that are located along the way after you leave the Silverton town limits.

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