The Country Boy Mine was founded in 1887 in Summit County, Colorado. The area is also called the French Gulch area because a miner named French Pete discovered gold here in 1860. The mine provided gold, silver, ore, and other minerals. The Country Boy Mine has played a significant role in both the history of the west as well as the history of the United States. Visitors can find out more about the mine’s history and importance when they visit.
In 1991, the mine was purchased by the Tomlinson brothers. They worked with their families to restore the collapsed mine and create a place where families could learn more about mining and history and have a great time in the process. Their efforts were successful. In fact, The Country Boy Mine has been recommended by The New York Times, The Travel Channel, and the Today Show.
Visitors to The Country Boy Mine learn what it was really like to be a Colorado miner in the 1800’s. Guests will travel over 1,000 feet into a mountain wearing hard hats during the 45 minute tour. After the tour, visitors learn to pan for gold. Visitors can also pet the burros onsite, shoot the mining chute, and visit the general store.
From May 25th to September 5th, the mine is open every day. Mine tours are conducted every hour from 10am to 4 pm with the last tour of the day happening at 4pm.
From September 6th to October 28th, the mine is open Monday through Friday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Mine tours happen at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.
Winter season hours vary. Call the mine at 970-453-4405 before venturing out to the mine.
Tours of the mine are $20.95 per adult and $14.95 for children ages 4 to 12. School groups can tour the mine for $8 per child. Panning for gold is included in each tour. If you wish to pan without taking the tour, the cost is $9.95 per person.
If you are looking for the perfect setting for your event, you might consider the mine. The site can accommodate up to 100 people under the outdoor miner’s tent or up to 40 people in the restored Blacksmith Shop building. Guests will enjoy the Western BBQ, tour the mine, pan for gold and finish up the evening with a campfire marshmallow roast.
For more information on tours, catered events, or panning for gold, visit the website at http://www.countryboymine.com or call 970-453-4405.