Gold Panning in Lomax Gulch
About Gold Panning at Lomax
Lomax Gulch was an active gold mine site in Breckenridge during the 1860s. Miners used high-pressure hoses, sluice boxes and gold pans to collect the precious mineral. Explore the site, watch a gold-panning demonstration and give panning a try in the stream on site. Just like fishing, most visitors don’t find gold, but guests keep whatever treasures they find.
In order to ensure the best experience possible for all our guests, only people who have a paid reservation will be admitted to the site. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and reservations are required for children and adults.
Schedule & Cost
There is free on-site parking and restrooms. The mine is a two-minute drive from downtown Breckenridge or a 15-minute walk.
Your guide will give you a tour of the site and a gold panning demonstration. Then, you can try panning in the creek that runs through the property. All guests receive a complimentary vial to collect what they find. We do not promise that all guests will find gold. In fact, just like in the mining days, most people will walk away without any gold flakes – but all will take away a memorable experience.
Closed-toe shoes are recommended and dressing for the weather is important. Even on warm summer days, the stream water is very cold (think snowmelt) so please come prepared, especially for children who may dip more than a hand in the stream. Click here for more FAQs.
Families with kids of all ages. A great activity for family reunions and multi-generational groups.
“Highly recommend for a gold panning experience. Our guide Andrea was absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable about the history, minerals of the area, and how to pan. All in all it created a very relaxed, low key, but enjoyable time. Good for families.”
The life of a prospector was hard. He often spent weeks or months trekking through the wilderness, sleeping on the ground, cooking in his gold pan, and standing in freezing stream water panning for gold.