Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum



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The Argo Gold Mine, Mill & Museum, in the Denver Mountain Area
Perfect for a Day of Fun in the Mountains
The Argo Gold Mine, Mill & Museum, in the Denver Mountain Area
Family Time, Gold Panning, and Geological Site


Learn to Pan for Gold at the Argo!

National Historic Sites -- Fun for all ages

Over one hundred years of Colorado history since 1893. See how gold bearing ore was processed at the turn of the last century as you tour our Historic Mining & Milling Museum. TOUR Double Eagle Gold Mine and relive the days when mining was king. National Historic Site. Pan for gold and gemstones.

Historic Mining & Milling Museum

AT THE ARGO GOLD MINE: See how gold bearing ore was processed at the turn of the century. The Museum has a display of many fine ore and mineral specimens and a collection of old photographs, mining tools and equipment.

Double Eagle Gold Mine at Argo Gold Mine

DOUBLE EAGLE GOLD MINE: The mine is on the Argo Gold Mill site and is part of the tour you will enjoy as you relive the days when mining was KING. Inspect a real gold mine unchanged since the early miner's first worked it.

The Tunnel at Argo Gold Mine

THE TUNNEL: In 1893, construction of the Argo Tunnel began, it would be 17 years before it would reach Central City, over 4.2 miles away. The Tunnel provided water drainage, ventilation, and economical transportation. Many mines intersected the tunnel along the way, making the transport of Gold bearing ORE easier and safer.

The Mill at Argo Gold Mine

THE MILL: The Argo Mill was constructed to process the gold bearing ore from these mines. When completed the Argo would be the largest mill of its type in the world. The Mill processed over 100 million dollars of Gold Ore, when gold was $18 to $35 per ounce. It stands today as a memorial to the Hard Rock Miners of the day...When Gold was KING!

Your Tour Begins In Argotown

YOUR TOUR BEGINS: In Argotown an experienced guide will inform you of the history of the Tunnel, the Mine and the Mill. You will be transported up to the mine that is the same level as the top of the Mill. You can walk through the Mine and then down through the Mill, reading and observing the equipment, tools, and the process used to extract the gold. The Museum displays tools and relics used by the Miners at the turn of the century.

YOUR TOUR ENDS: FREE gold panning instructions. Keep your gold, FREE. Try your luck with a pan of free Gold Ore tailings or buy a sack of Guaranteed Gold or Gemstone Ore. Gemstones found in Colorado include: Peridot, Topaz, Garnet, Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Diamonds, Agates and the State Gemstone "Aquamarine." Keep everything you recover. On duty staff will identify all Gemstones found.

Open everyday May to September from 9 am - 6 pm; last tour @ 4:30. Winter Hours are subject to weather, please call to confirm we are open.


DIRECTIONS to Idaho Springs, CO Location

From Denver Colorado to Argo Gold Mine, Mill and Museum in Idaho Springs.

DIRECTIONS:Take I-70 west out of Denver 32 miles, take the 2nd Idaho Springs exit off I-70. 2350 Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs CO 80452.

For Information; Current Rates Call: 303-567-2421.




  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year


  • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
  • Mine Tours: On site.

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