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Guided Historical Mine Tours in Silverton, Colorado

Tour Length: 11am-2:00pm (3 Hours)

Although the mines of the San Juan’s are now silent, take a step back in time and experience what it must have been like to be a miner in the San Juan’s many years ago. The underground world of hard rock mining is rarely seen by outsiders.

Come join San Juan Backcountry with a most fascinating historical tour of Silverton, Colorado. We begin out at San Juan Backcountry Headquarters, and as we go through town, your guide will acquaint you with the historical sites along the way up to Cunningham Gulch and the Old Hundred Gold Mine.

Lunch is provided at the mine, followed by panning for gold and silver. Pocket your treasures and go get “suited up” in rain gear for a tour of the underground mine workings; deep below Galena Mountain.

This guided tour via tram and easy walking takes you a 1/3 of a mile into Galena Mountain at 10,000 feet above sea level, where you will follow the vein and learn how hard rock mining was done. Your experienced “miner guide” will demonstrate authentic mining equipment used back in mining’s heyday!

After returning to the surface, we continue our historical journey by viewing the Old Hundred Boarding House that still clings stubbornly to the high, steep side of the mountain. Make sure you don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

As you return to town your tour guide will point out the Mayflower Mill and describe the way gold ore was processed in the late 19th century. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as your view numerous historic artifacts.

After your tour, San Juan Backcountry will drop you off at your desired destination. Enjoy the rest of your day after a full day of fantastic scenery and great new memories.


  • Prices start at $120

  • Fares Include:

  • Box Lunch

  • Old Hundred Mine Tour

  • Scenic View and Local Historian w/ First-Hand Knowledge of Silverton History

  • Gold panning & Rock Collecting

  • This tour can also be combined with a scenic train ride. Click here for more information about our train ride package.

    We also offer a shorter (2 hours) Mine Tour only offering where you can pick your times! Give us a call at (970) 387-5565 to learn more!

    + Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your reservation time and date or you will forfeit any fees already paid. If you cancel anytime before the 48 hours prior to your reservation, you will be charged a service fee equal to 10% of the base price (not including taxes and processing).

    6% fee added to all tours.

    Online book fees are non-refundable.

    Prices and times subject to change without notice.

    San Juan Backcountry
  • 1119 Greene St Silverton, Co 81433

  • Meeker, Co 81641