Argo Mill and Tunnel, Idaho Springs

The Argo Gold Mine and Mill is a former mining and milling property consisting of a gold mine and gold mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado, built at the entrance of the Argo Tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1893 and 1910 to drain the gold mines in Virginia Canyon, Gilpin Gulch, Russell Gulch, Quartz Hill, Nevadaville, and Central City and allow easier ore removal. The mill was built at the entrance of the tunnel to process ore from the many mines drained by the tunnel. The property had been closed from 1943 until 1976, when it was purchased by James N. Maxwell. He wanted to preserve an example of the Colorado gold rush mines. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in January 1978.
The Argo Mill is open all year for tours, weather permitting. Visitors see a brief history movie, mining equipment demonstration and then are transported to the top of the property. They will get a brief view of the Argo Tunnel then descend down through the Argo Mill. Afterwards, visitors pan for gold.
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  • Lots of Colorado mining history and fun facts. Loved the explanations of how all the old equipment worked - and what was dangerous versus "safer". Will and the young Acetylene Lamp expert were great.  more »
  • Our tour guide was Will. He was an amazing tour and loved how he explained everything in detail and it was understandable.  more »
  • Terrific place to stop and learn about Mills and mines in the region. Amazing how things were done over a 100 years ago.  more »
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  • Great tour of an amazing period of Colorado history. The tour guide did an awesome job not only talking about the history, but also the process of milling the gold. I highly recommend going on this tour!
  • Our guide was super fun, had lots of knowledge, and was just excited about sharing all the history and information with us! Wish we could have gone further in the tunnel, but the mill was more than expected!
  • This is a great place to experience some of Colorado's gold mining history. It is fun panning for gold when you know you have some soil that has gold in it. This is a great stop for 1-2 hours. It is a good break from I-70 traffic, if you need it. I've done a lot of gold panning in Colorado and Wyoming. It isn't much fun panning for hours without finding any gold. At Argo, you can find some gold on your first attempt at panning. The price is reasonable and includes a personal lesson. They also have a tour you can take of the historic gold mill and you can go into a real gold mine.
  • Great tour, really informative. Incredible time in history! Greatly recommend
  • I really enjoyed this tour but it went way too fast! The tour guide didn’t give us enough time to look at half the stuff in the mill. So much to see and learn about but not enough time.
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