Mining Heritage: Phoenix Gold Mine

Mining Heritage: Phoenix Gold Mine

Learn Gold Mine History

Located two miles west of Idaho Springs in the famous Trail Creek Mining District. The Phoenix reopened in 1980 exposing a very high grade gold vein, (which you will see on the tour). Along with the Phoenix vein, the Resurrection vein was also discovered. Al Mosch (1930-2019) once said, “The Phoenix gold ore is left in place until gold prices go up enough to pay to remove the gold. The small miner has it as rough as ever when it comes to processing their ore. Unless you can afford to build your own mill and assay office, the closest one to Colorado is in Montana.”

For More Information

Contact The Phoenix Mine for gold mine tour and panning information. Open 10 am – 6 pm daily – Winter tours are weather permitting.

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.