Mining Heritage: Edgar Experimental Mine

Colorado School of Mines Underground Classroom

The Edgar Mine Tour Experience

Edgar Experimental Mine allows Colorado School of Mines students and staff to conduct guided tours for groups of ten or more (with reservations) throughout the year.

Tours generally last one hour, but can be tailored to accommodate some special requests. More than one-half mile of underground workings representing over 100 years of mine development are covered on the tour. Lighted displays showing drilling, blasting, and mucking equipment are displayed on the mine tour and items of discussion include mining practice, mining economics, and the role of the mining industry in modern society.

The mine is usually relatively dry and a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round. CSM provides hard hats for tour members, but guests are asked to wear warm clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Sorry, but the mine is not wheelchair accessible.

Contact Information

Contact the Edgar Mine to schedule a tour, as they are by appointment only for groups of 10 or more.

Clear Creek County is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Located just west of Denver along Interstate 70, Clear Creek has 396 square miles of public lands to explore, as well as four mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. Clear Creek is comprised of charming mountains towns Idaho Springs, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, which are all along the I-70 corridor. Learn more about Clear Creek County here.