Gold Panning in Creek (Seasonal)

Learn how to pan for gold in the gently flowing mountain creek located near the underground mine. We will provide you a gold panning lesson and loan you a gold pan to use. Many have found pieces of glimmering gold and gems. You get to keep what you find!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How long is the panning lesson?  
​​​A: Each lesson 5 to 10 minutes long.

Q: How often are lessons given?  
A: We give panning lessons on the hour.

Q: Will my feet get wet?
A: You can stand on the side of the creek and your feet can stay dry. Some choose to go into the creek with water proof shoes; others bring an extra pair of shoes to change into.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation?
A: Reservations are recommended. We do not require reservations. Our goal is to get everyone on a tour with minimal wait time. 
Q: What do I do if I am bringing a large group?
A: Reservations are required for groups of 10 people or more. Please contact us ahead of time so we can accommodate your large group.
If you have limited mobility, please let us know. We can provide options to help you.


Phoenix Gold Mine

830 Trail Creek Road

Idaho Springs, CO 80452

I-70 Exit 238

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