Mayflower Gold Mill

Mayflower Gold Mill, Silverton: Hours, Address, Mayflower Gold Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

Mayflower Gold Mill
4.5
12:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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TXLender
McKinney, TX12 contributions
Worth the stop to see the milling process!
Jul 2021
First, this is a self-guided tour. For the first 10 minutes, we had a guide that set the stage for what it must have been like as a miner or mill worker. He was so good at his first 10 minutes, I wish he would have guided us the rest of the way!

The place would have been much more educational if it was guided. My kids did not want to stop and read the signs that told what we were looking at so I read to them as they whizzed by me to the next stop. Regardless, we got enough out of the tour for them to have a general understanding of what it was that was done there.

In short, we are glad we stopped there. It wasn't the best, but it was definitely worth the stop. Especially to tie in the information from the Old Hundred Mine tour.
Written July 20, 2021
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arnie w
Texas101 contributions
Fascinating mining ore mill tour!
Jul 2021
A ‘self-guided’ walking tour. Not terribly difficult walking, but many stairs. We’ll-worth the stop!
Written July 12, 2021
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Kim D
Columbia, MO3 contributions
Must see hidden gem!
Jul 2021 • Family
Fascinating self-guided tour! Easy to follow the arrows through the mill and excellent descriptions of the processing steps. We learned so much! The docent, Freddie, led us on the first bit as there were no other guests. He has worked in several mines and had interesting stories to share. It’s clear he loves the area and sharing history with visitors. So glad this history has been preserved!
Written July 4, 2021
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ShagOhio
Ohio195 contributions
Plesantly Surprised! Loved it!
Sep 2019
We had finished our jeep trail for the day and had some time to kill so we stopped at the Mayflower Mine. It was the best decision! It was extremely interesting to learn about the "milling" part of a mining operation! I was clueless about the process and I learned alot! My husband had some knowledge about the operation and was excited to be up close to the equipment and read about each part of the process. As others mentioned, Freddie, the Docent, was marvelous! He would answer any questions and provided lots of details. It was definitely worth the "cost of admission"! LOL
Written October 18, 2019
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KSK
6 contributions
Great place to visit!
Sep 2019 • Family
My mother and I attended the Mill Tour during our stay! We love history and this was a fantastic place to learn more about it. Each station has descriptions of the equipment and process in which it was used. Some stations are interactive to see how equipment worked. Freddie (the Docent) was outstanding. There was a light rain during our visit, and due to us being the only visitors during our time we got to spend more time learning from him. He is very enthusiastic and full of knowledge for all of our questions. It is kept in great condition to get the feel of exactly how it was left, which I enjoyed. I had a small child who rode in our backpack and it was doable but some clearings are lower so just watch out. I recommend bringing cash, $10. Their computer system was down when we visited and it makes the process quicker for everyone! A great place to visit! Thank you Freddie for the fantastic experience! We truly enjoyed visiting with you!
Written September 19, 2019
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Joe was Here
10 contributions
Fun place to learn about the milling part of mining
Aug 2019
fun place that is self-guided.
Ask at the desk, where you pay to tour the facility, which direction to start. We did the tour backwards and still enjoyed it.
Written September 3, 2019
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DrMomof4
Colorado Springs, CO49 contributions
Great Self-Guided Tour!
Jul 2019 • Couples
Fascinating self-guided/paced tour! Several stations involve pushing buttons to see the old equipment work. Lots to read and a docent to answer questions (but he isn't with you during the tour). Highly recommend for families with kids 10+ years old. $10 a person admission is well worth it!
Written July 4, 2019
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Summer Pitts
56 contributions
Interesting look at mining history
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was a self guided tour for the most part. The mill looks untouched from the day operations stopped in the early 90s. It was interesting to see the machinery. There is a video at the end that explains the history of everything. There should be more signs on the tour telling you where to go and where not to. Restricted areas should be roped off. Some of the machines are still operable, and you can push a button to see them work which is neat. Some buttons are not working and need repaired. Some lights need replaced. It's evident a little maintenance is needed. Affordable at ten dollars per person.
Written June 28, 2019
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saddleup3030
Happy Jack, AZ73 contributions
A definite must see
Aug 2018 • Couples
There is so much to see and do around Silverton that it's almost impossible to do it all. However, the Mayflower Gold Mill is so interesting. The place is huge and to look at all the equipment and parts is just amazing. The tour starts with an interesting video of the area then we went outside for an intro to the mill after that we were sent on our way to take our time and peruse the the entire place. All the previous reviews are right on, they could dust stuff off and start it up tomorrow.
Written August 27, 2018
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CarrLotMama
Logan, UT80 contributions
Fascinating place
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is the type of Museum you sadly don't see very often, but is fascinating. Because the workers were told to walk out and leave everything in its place, it looks like they could walk in and start back up at any moment. It was really neat to see and learn about the milling process. We went here after seeing the hundred gold mine, which put it in perspective. I would definitely go to the mill again, but I think I would ask to skip the video which is a half an hour long. If they redid the video to be about 10 minutes I would have given them 5 stars.
The gondolas used for hauling ore, supplies and men were one of my favorite parts.
Written August 23, 2018
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Mayflower Gold Mill is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM