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Silverton, Colorado Historical Tours

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Guided Historical Tours in Silverton, Colorado

Tour Length: 11am-2:00pm (3 Hours)

Although the mines of the San Juan’s are now silent, take a step back in time and experience what it must have been like to be a miner in the San Juan’s many years ago. The underground world of hard rock mining is rarely seen by outsiders.

Come join San Juan Backcountry with a most fascinating historical tour of Silverton, Colorado. We begin out at San Juan Backcountry Headquarters, and as we go through town, your guide will acquaint you with the historical sites along the way up to Cunningham Gulch and the Old Hundred Gold Mine.

Lunch is provided at the mine, followed by panning for gold and silver. Pocket your treasures and shortly before noon you will “suit up” in rain gear for a tour of the underground mine workings; deep below Galena Mountain.

After returning to the surface, we continue our historical journey by viewing the Old Hundred Boarding House that still clings stubbornly to the high, steep side of the mountain. Make sure you don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

As you return to town your tour guide will point out the Mayflower Mill and describe the way gold ore was processed in the late 19th century. The next stop is Silverton’s Mining Museum and its historic jail. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as your view numerous historic artifacts. Slip into jail and feel what it was like to be “behind bars” in the old town of Silverton.

After your tour, San Juan Backcountry will drop you off at our Headquarters or your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day after a full day of fantastic scenery and great new memories.

Fares include: 

  • Box Lunch
  • Old Hundred Mine Tour
  • Mining Museum
  • 1902 Jail

This tour can also be combined with a scenic train ride. Click here for more information about our train ride package.

For the full San Juan Backcountry experience, we recommend our total package which allows you to add a round trip train ride and an overnight stay to any of our offerings! Please call for details.