Capital Prize Gold Mine
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- Winter Activities
The Capital Prize Gold Mine is an an authentic 1860's underground walking tour through a tunnel that goes back 1,000 feet into the mountain. The mine was started by the Griffith brothers in 1867 to reach the major gold and silver of the mother load (the Aetna vein) at 3,200 feet. The Griffith brothers are also well known as they are the forefathers of Georgetown in 1859. The mine has produced millions of dollars of gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper over the years, and unlike most mines in Colorado, the Capital Prize was never abandoned and was mined on and off up until 1969. This continued operation helped preserve the mine site, its equipment and the original blacksmith shop.
Visitors will walk over 1,000 feet into the mountain and see several other tunnels, seven of the 17 gold veins discovered, machinery and tools, walk into a stope and experience what it was like to work by candle lite. Visitors will also learn about drilling, blasting and mucking and the importance of mining back in the day during the wild west. The Capital Prize is still an active mine and visitors will see a modern prospecting operation which includes dredges, sluice boxes, classifiers and shaker tables. We do gold panning outside during the warmer months.
The Capital Prize is open year round. Current winter hours are Fri, Sat and Sun with tours at 11, 12, 1 and 2pm. The tour is 50 minutes. The mine is a constant 49 degrees so it's warm in the winter and a great place to cool off in the summer.
- Venture over 1,000 feet into a gold mine.
- Experience what it was like to be an underground miner 150 years ago.
We are just 35 minutes from C470/Denver, 24 minutes from Silverthorne and 45 minutes from Winter Park and right off the Georgetown exit 228. Take the 228 Georgetown exit and turn left to go under I-70