Mollie Kathleen Mine is one of the most unique gold mine tours in the U.S. The mine was constructed in 1891 in “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp”, Cripple Creek. For over seventy years, tours have been given of the mine.
The tour begins with a 1,000 foot vertical decent down the gold mine shaft. From 100 stories beneath the earth’s surface, visitors will learn about the history of underground mining from 1891 to present day.
Modern air powered mining equipment will be used by actual miners. Gold veins are visible inside the mine. Guests will also take a ride in an air powered man trip train. As a bonus, everyone on the tour gets a free gold ore specimen from the actual mine. Tours last an hour.
In addition to the mine, tour members receive a 10% discount on food at the Hard Rock Diner. Nothing too fancy is served, just good burgers, chicken fingers and other quick bites to eat. A gift shop offers a number of souvenirs, from mining books to gem specimens.
Stop by the Cripple Creek Heritage Center for more about Cripple Creek’s mining past.
Address: 9388 Coloraod 67, Cripple Creek
Season: early April-late October
Pets: Not permitted on the tour