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 is about 15 minutes long.

Q: How often are lessons given?  
A: Panning lessons are on the 1/2 hour.

Q: Is equipment provided?  
A: You can borrow one of our pans, bring your own or buy one from us to take home. If you you find gold or other treasures that you want to take home, let us know, we have vials.

Q: Will my feet get wet?  
A: Your feet don't need to get wet if stand on the edge of the gently flowing creek. If you want you to get in the water, you can get your feet wet or bring water proof shoes or another set of shoes to change into.

Q: Can I use a sluice box in the creek?
A: Yes, you can bring your own special gold prospecting equipment or rent a sluice from us. There are a few areas along the creek that we will guide you to that is away from the general panning area.

Q: Do I need to make a reservation?
A: Yes, make a reservation. Our goal is to get everyone a panning lesson and gold panning 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.
Accessibility?  
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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