Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The only 1,000 foot vertical shaft gold mine tour in the U.S.; the vein was discovered by Mollie Kathleen Gortner in 1891.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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sb_osobailiando
United States117 contributions
Couples
We visited the Mollie Kathleen on a visit to Cripple Creek. The tour is about an hour long and costs $30 per person ( no military discount available) While you are waiting for the next tour, there is a gift shop and in season, a snack bar in an old caboose and seating in a restored train car. Entrance to the mine is in small elevator cages (they say it can hold nine people, but our tour took six per cage, and that was tight). Caution if you are claustrophobic, as everything is VERY enclosed. Tour is at 1000 feet below ground. Our guide, Patrick was fabulous. He shared a lot of history about the mine and mining in general, with knowledge and a great sense of humor. He demonstrated several pieces of mining equipment. Warning, they are very loud, one might consider taking earplugs. He always gave advance warning. I learned so much about gold mining and gained a great appreciation for those who endured the dangers involved. A modern pit gold mine is visible from the site; the comparison of the new and old methods is mind-boggling. Great history lesson!
Written August 26, 2022
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Jandy A
Princeton, IL9 contributions
Friends
This was a great tour! Steven, a third generation miner, was so knowledgeable and very entertaining for both adults and kids. The kids each got a chance to try various things out, which was fun for all of us.

The mine and displays/equipment are well-preserved and easy to walk through. We had a current day miner in our group and he was also impressed with the tour. I’d recommend this tour to anyone unless you’re afraid of small spaces; the ride down is quick but you’re pretty crammed into a small cage going down. We thought it was fun but not everyone would agree.
Written July 29, 2021
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Tamara H
Granite Falls, WA252 contributions
We had a lot planned for the day, so we arrived at 8:45, hoping to get on the first tour of the day, when they opened at 9 am. While we were on the first tour, they decided to start at 9:30 instead of right away, which was slightly annoying. We had 45 minutes to wander the property while waiting. There are a few cute displays of old mining equipment and a nice gift shop, but 10 minutes would have been plenty. Note: The bathroom in the gift shop was surprisingly nice and clean.
The hoist was a little jiggly, but to be expected given it was a working jib built to haul workers and mining equipment in and out. My husband liked that it was a bit of a rough ride, as he enjoyed the feeling of going deep into the earth (we rode the Strataca hoist into the salt mines a few days prior, and that one was smooth, more like a hotel elevator). It sure beats going up or down the shaft, using the historical methods described on the tour, though. It’s a fast ride, so even if you’re claustrophobic, you should be okay for that minute or two. The other levels are lit up, so you can see them as you descend, which was pretty cool.
As far as the tour itself, though, it was fascinating. Sarah was our guide; she was amazing with actual mining experience. Full of enthusiasm, and really knew her stuff. She told us the history of the mine and shared plenty of stories to help us really feel like what it may have been like mining there in the 1800s. We enjoyed how the tour takes you through a timeline of how mining started in the early days and throughout the years, with really well laid out displays. One of the coolest things about the tour is that she actually demonstrated how the tools and machinery operated.
My husband and I felt like it was worth the $25/person fee and would definitely recommend the tour to anyone travelling through the area.
Note: This is called "Gold Mine Tours, Inc" on Google.
Written August 11, 2020
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Stephen D
Chicago, IL1 contribution
My son became very scarred when he saw the elevator equipment and heard the noise. This was just after we paid and was quite a surprise. Rather than force him and create a safety risk, I immediately returned back to the cashier and asked if I could refund my ticket as my son had become visibly upset and I would need to stay back with him. The other 5 members of our group would continue. The person said no and dramatically pointed at the sign that was hung on the wall beside the entrance to the area where you wait to go on the ride - after you pay. Clearly no empathy or concern, no apology or care. At that moment it became less about the $27 and more about the rudeness and clear pleasure she took with refusing. She said we could have store credit. After this experience there was zero chance I would set foot on this property again so what would a store credit do. It’s sad that owners put people like this out front to represent their business. If she had some level of empathy and consideration this review would never have crossed my mind but the pleasure she took pointing at the policy was offensive. I’m sure the trip was fun and they got my money and this business couldn’t care less how our experience was. As I was sitting writing this review, I heard her argue with someone else that had the same challenge and was met with the same indignant attitude. Tip - perhaps before taking the money, call out that there are no refunds which may cause people to take a moment and make sure they are comfortable.
Written August 16, 2020
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JoplinMOFamily
Joplin, MO18 contributions
I was able to tolerate the trip up and down. However, if there had been trouble and I had been stuck in the elevator I'd have lost it! I think it is a 7, or 9, man lift. Ours had only 6 people in it and 3 of them were very small ladies. That helped me tolerate the ride. Before paying I asked to see the size of the lift and immediately determined that I would not get inside. I kept my eyes closed and was fine. I think they said it takes about 3 minutes for the trips up and down. Our family has two young adult sons and I believe they enjoyed the tour. My husband and I really liked it and found it very interesting. The guide was a young female. She did a great job answering questions and demonstrating the equipment that was used and giving a detailed history of the mine, the area and gold mining in general. She was very knowledgable and friendly. If this sounds like something you might like, you will likely like it more than you expect.
Written August 26, 2022
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giackonda
51 contributions
Family
Fun and educational. Tours take and hour and leave every 30 min. Perfect for adults and also fun for kids. Tour guide allowed kids to do a few things which was a great attraction. May be scary for smaller kids when there are demonstrations of equipment due to noise. Would not recommend if you are claustrophobic elevator going down 1000 feet which takes 2 minutes is super small.

Overall a huge hit.
Written August 5, 2020
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Erin W
Solon, OH21 contributions
Family
This was a fun experience to learn about how the majority of gold is found! Our kids are 13, 10, and 7 and we all enjoyed the tour. Steve, our tour guide, was informative and funny.

If you’re looking for lunch in the town of Cripple Creek after your tour, beware there isn’t much for anyone under 21. It’s all casinos!
Written July 22, 2022
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#chaudhry50
Saratoga, CA147 contributions
Family
We absolutely loved this mine and have been talking about it since. Our guide, Tanner, was so sweet to our 5, 6 and 10 year olds and answered their million questions. It’s not a dinky mine where you just go down and up. There is so much to see, it’s very well organized and just a wonderful experience. When you come in you have to purchase a ticket and they’ll give you a window of when your tour will start. Bathroom facilities are clean and well maintained. Each tour is about an hour long and they’ll take 15 people or so.
#chaudhry50 approved, must stop while exploring Colorado.
Written May 30, 2021
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HiTx
Montgomery, TX25 contributions
Family
Our tour guide was crazy Steve. He was great with kids and very knowledgeable in everything about the gold mine.

We arrived a little after opening and bought tickets. We waited 15-20mins. It could get busy and the wait could be longer so plan ahead. The tour runs about an hour long.

If you are bringing a baby have a carrier and ear protection. You will get to hear some of the machines turn on. It could be too loud for babies.

If you are claustrophobic I do not recommend this tour as you will be put in a 9 person miner car, which travels down and takes about 4 minutes each way.

My family and I left the mine in WOW. We are glad that we got to experience and visit such an awesome place. Hope you feel the same!

Don’t forget to tip your tour guide!!
Written June 29, 2021
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David A
6 contributions
Fantastic! I took my two 13 year old grandsons down the mine. They were still talking about it days later. The demonstration of the various drills and the mine train brought hard rock mining to life. Our experienced guide Stephen was a wealth of knowledge, and he shared it nonstop. I went down the mine 25 years ago and thought it fantastic then. It has only gotten better! They have added working demonstrations and displays and created an exceptional tour.
Written July 16, 2022
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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (Cripple Creek) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM