Argo Mill and Tunnel: Museum and Tours



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A creek running in front of the Argo Gold Mill Museum in Denver Mountain Area, Colorado.
Photo: J. Conn via Flickr
Tour the Mighty Argo Gold Mill Museum
Inside Argo Gold Mill Museum in Denver Mountain Area, Colorado
Tour a National Historic Landmark - See How Gold was Processed in Idaho Springs - Colorado

Learn to Pan for Gold at the Argo!

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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. National Historic Site. Pan for gold and gemstones.

THE ARGO GOLD MILL: On a guided tour see how GOLD ORE was processed at the turn-of-the-century. 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!

The Museum has a display of many fine ore and mineral specimens and a collection of old photographs, mining tools and equipment.

THE ARGO 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.

A tunnel entrance of Argo Gold Mill. Explore a treasure trove of Colorado heritage at the Argo Gold Mill Museum in Denver Mountain Area, Colorado.
Explore a Treasure Trove of Colorado Heritage - The Argo Tunnel
Man showing girl how to pan for gold. Discover your inner prospector as you pan for gold and gemstones at Argo Gold Mill Museum in Denver Mountain Area, Colorado.
Discover Your Inner Prospector as You Pan for Gold and Gemstones

GOLD AND GEM PANNING: Gold panning instructions. Keep the gold and gemstones you find. Try your luck with a pan of free Gold Ore tailings or buy a sack Guaranteed to have Gold Ore and Gemstones. 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 9am - 6pm; last tour leave at 4:30. Winter Hours are subject to weather, please call to confirm we are open.

LOCATION: 35 miles West of Denver, off I-70 in Idaho Springs.

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

ADDRESS: 2350 Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs CO 80452

Call for tour times: 303-567-2421-- mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.




  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

Primarily Summer Activities

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

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