Family Gold Mine Tours (Part 2)

Tour an Old Gold Mine

With spring just around the corner and summer coming our way in the not-too-distant future, you may be thinking of taking the family on vacation. Or perhaps you’d simply like to get out of the house after a long winter and a severe case of “cabin fever.”

Mining Equipment
Gold Concentrates
Gold Concentrators

If either one of these is the case you may want to take a tour of an old gold mine or two. So, once again, I‘ve listed another group of privately owned gold mines you may want to visit.

Please Note: I have NO vested interest in promoting or vouching for these mines and tours, nor am I receiving any compensation for listing them here. I’ve created this post simply as a service to you, my readers.

El Dorado Gold Mine (AK)

Ride a Tanana Valley Railroad train into part of Alaska’s interior goldfields, enjoy a walking tour of a gold mining camp, ask questions of real “sourdoughs,” and try your hand at gold panning.


Sutter Gold Mine (CA)

Enjoy a 1-hour underground tour of a California Gold Rush-era hard-rock gold mine located not far from Amador City. You’ll also be shown the historical progression to other mining methods and techniques. Everyone can pan for gemstones in mock ups of old mining water flumes or work at cracking geodes.


Kennedy Gold Mine (CA)

Take a walking tour of a historic subsurface gold mine located in the heart of California’s Motherlode Region. The tour includes the mine office, stamp and recovery mills, and the mine’s head frame, among other attractions. The Kennedy Mine produced nearly $35,000,000 in gold during the time it was in operation. That’s a heap of gold my friends.


Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour (CO)

A guided tour takes you and the family a third of a mile into Galena Mountain where you can actually see the world of hard-rock mining, including real miners doing their thing with real equipment. Later, you can pan for gold, silver, or semi-precious gemstones.


Crystal Gold Mine (ID)

Tour a historic hard-rock gold mine located right off Interstate 90 near Kellogg. In the old days some of the quartz gold ore samples from this mine assayed at more than 70 troy ounces per ton!


Big Thunder Gold Mine (SD)

Located in South Dakota’s Black Hills country, the Big Thunder offers mine tours, a museum, and gold panning for young and old alike.



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