Gold panning lessons are included in each tour ticket price. Each visitor gets the chance to try their luck with an ore sample containing real placer gold — and yes, you keep what you find! Learn the techniques that prospectors use. Many folks are surprised to learn that a variety of gemstones can also be found while gold panning in Colorado. We also offer a gemstone panning option; ask your tour guide if you would rather give that a try. You may find Peridot, Topaz, Garnet, Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Agates or the state gemstone, Aquamarine. Keep everything you recover and our on-duty staff will help identify everything you’ve found!
Just Want to Pan?
Gold panning is available for guests who do not purchase a tour, and you can purchase extra miners bags if you want to test your new panning skills again.