The mine is located right outside Silverton and is a really cool experience. You take a short mine train ride through a dripping wet tunnel after being outfitted in jackets and helmets and learn a little about mining. The whole tour took about an hour. During the summer there are tours every hour and when we arrived back, they almost immediately started loading up the next group. Each tour is led by a miner (Ouray) or ex-miner, so they can offer a lot of personal insight. My kds really enjoyed learning about the mine and how things operated. There a few things for purchase at the mine, such as little bottles filled with gold, silver, copper, and iron pirate. There is also free gold panning; can't say my kids found much, but they had fun. Certainly a unique experience.
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