Be sure to read the review below titled "The Real Thing" - says it all.
The Hopemore Mine is about 3 miles from downtown Leadville. I made a reservation via phone for my family of 5. We all signed a lengthy liability waiver and then sat down for an informative and entertaining presentation from the mine owner right there in his ramshackle office. Then, we put on hardhats and coats and dropped 600 feet down the old shaft in an elevator built in 1907!
The owner took us on a short walk through the tunnels and demonstrated the old and modern techniques for mining in a very thorough, 90-minute tour. Lots of fun and interesting too. Well worth the $20/person ticket.
After the tour, check out the local Mineral Trail around Leadville. Made me wonder when all the century-old mining mess will ever get cleaned up.