Situated at the Historical Clear Creek County within the popular Trail Creek Mining, the Phoenix Gold Mine is elevated at 8,200 ft above the sea level. Visit the Phoenix Gold Mine and enjoy a guided tour that lasts from 45 minutes to more than an hour.
During the walking tour on a slight grade, you will learn more about the place and the mining activities during the Colorado Pioneers era. Historical mining tools, milling equipment, ladders, emergency equipment and buckets are on display throughout the tour. You won’t use skips or ladders during the tour. Wheel chairs and strollers are allowed, but it may take some maneuvering around the tracks.
After touring the Phoenix, you may try your hand at panning in the stream and stay there as long as you want. Pan for gold, silver, metals, minerals and other precious stones on the portion of the Trail Creek, and you can keep anything you find. Friendly and skilled guides are on hand to teach you the art of gold panning and lend you a pan for you to try. The spring rains and winter snow run off makes panning at the Phoenix Gold Mine a real experience of history, offering great fun for the rock hound of today.
The Phoenix Gold Mine features two hiking trails for the enjoyment of visitors. One of the trails is located on the side of the road nearby the mine. Take the trail, up to the Kelly Mine and Little Albert Mine, or the more demanding hike above the Phoenix Gold Mine. Visitors are advised not to enter the old mine shafts for their safety, and children are not allowed to hike without the company of an adult. During the hike, you cannot approach wildlife that you may stumble upon such as mountain lions, rare bears, chipmunks, black and ground squirrels, foxes, snakes, raccoons, porcupines, birds, snakes, mice and deer. But, you may take as many pictures as you want.
Phoenix Gold Mine has also opened two tunnels for limited tours. However, the tunnels are not yet ready for small children or large groups.
Tour the Phoenix Gold Mine and enjoy panning for $15 for 12 years old and above and $5 for five to 11 year-old visitors. The mine is open all year round from May to October from 10am to 5pm, and from 10am to 4pm from November to April.