We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mayflower Gold Mill

135 County Road 2, Silverton, CO 81433
+1 970-387-0294
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Large mill with all machinery still preserved

Original mill last used in the 1950's. The tour is self guided with information stations along the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tenbach
,
Ivins, Utah
Highly Recommended Learning Experience

Love this place, enough to take my family twice and recommend it to friends. Very educational... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Ken S
,
Loveland, Colorado
Read all 40 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
The American West once had hundreds of precious metal mills. Now, most are in various stages of ruin. One important exception is the Mayflower Mill, (or the Shenandoah-Dives Mill) located two miles northeast of Silverton. A National Historic Landmark, this wonderful piece of mining history is open to the public. Witness first hand how the miners were able to extract gold, silver and base metals from the hard rock ores in this complete processing mill. The San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado were one of the last ranges to be prospected. Although some prospectors were still looking for placer gold, it was becoming quite evident that if any wealth was to be made in the San Juans, it was going to be in underground lode mining.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good30%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
135 County Road 2, Silverton, CO 81433
CONTACT
Website
+1 970-387-0294
Write a ReviewReviews (40)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"self guided tour"
in 15 reviews
"conveyor belts"
in 3 reviews
"entire process"
in 3 reviews
"learning experience"
in 2 reviews
"spare parts"
in 2 reviews
"fine powder"
in 2 reviews
"machinery"
in 14 reviews
"mills"
in 6 reviews
"ore"
in 11 reviews
"button"
in 11 reviews
"bucket"
in 5 reviews
"processed"
in 3 reviews
"chemicals"
in 2 reviews
"capsule"
in 2 reviews
"calendar"
in 2 reviews
"separation"
in 2 reviews
"visitors"
in 4 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 40 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Original mill last used in the 1950's. The tour is self guided with information stations along the route. Ore was brought to the mill via a long tram system of buckets from the mine site way up Arastra Gulch. The ore was crushed by cone,...More

Thank tenbach
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SJCHS, Manager at Mayflower Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The Mill was built in the 1920s.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Love this place, enough to take my family twice and recommend it to friends. Very educational. Kid-friendly too: in a stroke of genius, they hooked up various pieces of equipment to push-buttons so the kids can see them actually work. One example is a BIG...More

Thank Ken S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I love self-guided tours, because you can linger at certain spots longer than others. This mill was a great experience. I especially loved seeing how everything was just left as it was the day it closed. It's great to see all the inner workings of...More

Thank Emily P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We did the self-guided tour as part of the Silverton Heritage Pass, after we finished the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour, and we were really glad we planned enough time to visit all three attractions. The Mill was about a 5-10 minute drive from the...More

Thank sarloumay
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We visited here with our two kids who are 7 and 10. It was very cool especially the multiple buttons that you could push to make some of the equipment work. The gentleman working at the mill was very friendly and helpful. We were glad...More

1  Thank Kelli J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 June 2017

kind of a long walk from downtown Silverton, believe that shuttles may be available...we did it as part of a 4WD tour...very interesting and informative and gives good insight into the area mining industry.

Thank KatherineAR
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Self-guided tour is comprehensive and very well thought out. They processed ore to get gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc You can follow the entire process.

Thank alexwolf2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 31 May 2017

It's one thing to visit a mine, which we did, but to follow that by visiting a mill that processed the ore is even better. From the crushers to the skimmers, the entire process is explained in the place where it happened. Unforgettable.

Thank Elizabeth G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 January 2017

You can walk all over inside this mill. There is a lot to see and it looks as if everyone just got up and walked out one day so it really represents what it would have looked like on a normal operating day.

1  Thank KeishaNCasey
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Mayflower Mill has a self guided walking tour that is very educational. It is best to tour the Old Hundred Gold Mine tour and then go to the mill to learn how processed the ore. The mill closed in 1991 without even giving the...More

1  Thank Cherie P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 7 hotels in Silverton
The Wyman Hotel
156 reviews
6.95 miles away
Teller House
90 reviews
7.03 miles away
Grand Imperial Hotel
79 reviews
7.05 miles away
The Bent Elbow Hotel
40 reviews
7.10 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Rocky Mountain Funnel Cakes
221 reviews
7.03 miles away
Kendall Mountain Cafe
114 reviews
6.91 miles away
Avalanche Brewing Company
191 reviews
7.14 miles away
Handlebars Restaurant & Saloon
708 reviews
6.98 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum
39 reviews
6.81 miles away
San Juan County Historical Society
118 reviews
6.81 miles away
Animas Forks
192 reviews
3.82 miles away
Silverton Mountain
64 reviews
5.59 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Mayflower Gold Mill staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor