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“One of the best tours I've ever taken!”
Review of Hopemore Mine Tour

Hopemore Mine Tour
Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Leadville
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“One of the best tours I've ever taken!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank justa2rist
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Cedarburg, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth the trek”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

This mine is still in operation as a working mine. The owner is also the tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable on both current and historical mining methods in the Leadville region. Our group found him funny and friendly but with a slight distrust of strangers that might "jump his claim." Perfect! Very entertaining and recommended for the whole family.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Jim M
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Colorado City, Colorado, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Well Worth Your Time and Money”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Let me start off by saying THEY ARE NOT CLOSED. I believe they might only do tours in the summer due to the frigid temperatures 600 feet underground in the mines. This tour is a little out of the way from the town but definitely worth the drive to it and the price of the ticket. They should be pricing $50 for such a great tour instead of $20. I recently went and it was a fascinating, gritty, and very real tour. None of that touristy crap. This tour is hosted by the owner and experienced miner who gives you a quick lesson of the area and extensive tour of a real mine. Now a word of advice; wear good shoes, jeans, a big coat, gloves, and bring a flashlight! He has flashlights you can borrow and it is lit up, but you'll want to see as much as you possibly can.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Cassidy N
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Oceanside, CA
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“The Real Thing”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have taken several underground mine tours, but the Hopemore is a real lesson in the history and experience of hardrock mining. Other tours have been "sanitized" - smooth walking surfaces, dry, and well-lit. The Hopemore is a working mine and be prepared for some water and dampness, walking on planks between the ore cart rails, and a few (but adequate) work lights. Bob is the tour guide, and he is a true hardrock miner and the mine owner who looks the part. He knows what he is talking about. Casey, his assistant, operates the hoist that lowers the visitors 600' vertically to the working levels of the mine. The tour is very safe and not difficult, but it is authentic. Bob initially provides an enlightening history of Leadville and the local mining, before preparing the visitors for the descent in the hoist. 600 feet down, the visitor is exposed to the process and rigors of underground mining, both from a hundred years ago and present-day. You get a feel for what the old miners went through when Bob turns off the electric lights and the miner's candle is the only available light source! And when he briefly drills a hole in the tunnel wall with a modern rock drill, cover your ears! Long pants and a warm jacket are advisable - it is a constant chilly 40 degrees underground. A small personal flashlight wouldalso be useful for examining the mineral formations and mine structures up close. For me, the two hour plus tour for the very reasonable fee of $20 was the best tour yet. But, make reservations by phone - in 2013, Bob gives the tours on Fridays and Saturdays only, and space could be limited.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank bud_phillips2001
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hopemore Mine”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

The tour of the Hopemore Mine near Leadville is outstanding. Bob, the owner, knows all about the history of this mine as well as the entire mining district. This area was the scene of the greatest silver strike in the nation, and was the home of many millionaires and famous people in the 1880s. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Leadville to see first hand, the history and story of this famous mine and hear about the mining history in the area. People of all ages will enjoy the tour immensely. Call ahead for tour information before you want to take the tour. You will enjoy it and recommend it to others. Dan

Visited June 2013
Thank Dan C
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