Argo Mill and Tunnel
Argo Mill and Tunnel
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience the wonder of ingenuity, technology, and entrepreneurial spirit that is the Argo Mill & Tunnel with a guided walking tour. Situated in Historic Idaho Springs in the heart of Colorado Gold Country sits the Mighty Argo Mill and Tunnel, one of the most striking and prominent Heritage Landmarks in the American West. The Argo is a central character in the story of the Colorado gold rush and remains one of the largest, most well-preserved historic gold mills in the world. Plan to be on the tour at the Argo for an hour and a half to two hours for the full experience. Each professionally guided tour of the Argo Mill and Tunnel takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. A gold panning lesson and experience, which lasts about 20 minutes, is also included with every Argo Mill and Tunnel tour. Tours: We offer guided tours on the hour every hour from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Booking and more information: Please visit ArgoMillTour.com to reserve your spot!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mike H.
    Marco Island, Florida6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Found Gold lol
    My wife and I thought it would be a lark to do a gold mine tour as an adventure. We had no preconceived notions on how it would be. Thus, we went in with an open mind. To start this is not a working mine, but don’t let that stop you. Our guide Andrew was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the mine, along with the influences of the time leading to the mine being built, its opening and finally closing. So if you’re interested in mining and its history this is the place for you. We walked away with a good understanding and the hard lives of those that worked there. Our guide Andrew a licensed surveyor during the week was able to answer questions with ease and his lecture sprinkled with some humor kept all entertaining. The gold panning was a bit of a setup, but you learned how to swirl your pan and the kids in the group as the adults had fun learning.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • marielgv
    Davenport, Florida5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gold mine history
    Very informative and interesting. The gift shop is nice and the employees are very courteous. Best to do it during the warmest months. We did on 1/13 and it was really cold, snow storm we had to walk instead of being transported on the van up the hill.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 15, 2024
  • AA1234
    Nashville, Tennessee12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Argo NEVER disappoints!!!
    Our winter ski trip always begins with a stop at the Argo Mine. We've done the tour before but now when we drive through we always stop to pan for gold and gems. This visit we met Erin and she was phenomenal!!! Erin knew everything about the mine/panning and then some. She worked hand in hand with the kids showing them exactly how to get all of the gold and gems from the pan and boxes. Not only is it educational it is FUN! I highly recommend everyone to visit the Argo Mine either for a mine tour or just to learn how to pan for gold (and keep what you find!)
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 23, 2024
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The Flowers Family
Edwardsville, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Wow! Shelby made the experience fun and exciting. Our kids (17&19) were completely engaged and Shelby was patient and helpful. We traveled with another couple with teenage kids but also a younger one and every single person had a great time. Both families sons were completely smitten with Allie at the front desk, who was not only cute but super friendly and helpful. Thank you for making our pit stop between Denver & Jackson Hole super entertaining!
Written June 28, 2020
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Kim A
Durham, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My comedy partner and I went to Argo to pan for gold. Our guide, Brandon, was awesome! He trained us in the proper gold panning technique and ensured that we found gold! Then, we panned for minerals too. We had such a good time that we bought additional bags and stayed longer. Brandon was kind, helpful, entertaining, and educational. Ask for Brandon!
Written July 31, 2022
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Laur
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
It started as a spontaneous trip to Idaho Springs as we stopped to eat lunch in town on our way to the ski resort, and along the way we spotted the Argo! The website was extremely informative and it was very easy to book a tour online. Within the hour, we were touring. It was very cool to see how a gold mine worked! I especially loved the framed pictures along the way. Thanks staff - We very much enjoyed our tour!
Written November 20, 2022
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ajstickman
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Our tour guide Brooks was super knowledgeable and provided a comprehensive tour of the mill. We went in January so it was a little less busy and allowed us to spend time asking questions. The gold panning at the end was fun, but a bit cold! They also had hot chocolate in the shop to warm us up!

Written January 13, 2020
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PAUL-DENA H
NORTH VERNON9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Went to the Argo Mill & Tunnel while on vacation and it was quite the experience. Alli gots us all checked in and briefed us before the tour. Brooks was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable on the details of the start up of the mine, the different tunnels and the preservation of today. It is an experience that anyone of all ages would be fascinated over.
Written June 24, 2020
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C Young
Orange, CT27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Heading out of the Mtns toward DIA after skiing w a few teens, last minute decided to pull into and check out Argo Mine where we were met by a tour just about to start and it’s guide Erin who graciously and enthusiastically shepherded us into the starting tour. Erin’s energy, enthusiasm and insights immediately engaged the group with fun and fascinating facts about mining the Rockies and the Argo mine and various ways minerals and metals were found, processed and extracted. For littles to big kids, a fantastic way to learn about our nation’s history and the mine tailings and entrances dotting the hills and mountains of the Rocky Mtn towns and highways. Erin is an amazing tour guide.
Written March 9, 2023
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Happy_Traveler3232
Savannah, GA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
What a fantastic tour. Unlike any other mine tour I have done. If you are like me and have driven by for years and never done the tour.... stop and take the time!
Excellent tour, Zack is well versed in the history and made it come alive with his stories, he clearly enjoys what he is doing. You could spend hours looking at all of the historic photos and memorabilia.
I highly recommend it!
Written September 29, 2020
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Mike H.
Marco Island, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I thought it would be a lark to do a gold mine tour as an adventure. We had no preconceived notions on how it would be. Thus, we went in with an open mind. To start this is not a working mine, but don’t let that stop you. Our guide Andrew was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the mine, along with the influences of the time leading to the mine being built, its opening and finally closing. So if you’re interested in mining and its history this is the place for you. We walked away with a good understanding and the hard lives of those that worked there. Our guide Andrew a licensed surveyor during the week was able to answer questions with ease and his lecture sprinkled with some humor kept all entertaining. The gold panning was a bit of a setup, but you learned how to swirl your pan and the kids in the group as the adults had fun learning.
Written October 16, 2023
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Kayla O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I've driven by Idaho Springs so many times on I-70 and always been curious about the Argo. My husband and I were staying at the Indian Hot Springs resort and decided to finally check it out! The tour was great and our guide Kristopher was very knowledgeable about the mill and the history of it. It was very cool to finally see the inside and all of the old equipment in there! I would definitely recommend the tour!
Written November 2, 2022
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K D
Phoenix, AZ44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
I learned quite a bit on this tour thanks to Alli
The tour takes about an hour and a half and it’s well worth your time. You climb to the top of the mine (several stair cases) you learn how the mind was flooded, you see so much equipment and lean the different way gold and other metals were processes. It’s the only superfund site that is open for touring
You learn how short lived many of the mine worker’s lives lasted from working the mine
Thanks Alli for your knowledge and enthusiasm
Written July 4, 2020
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