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Summit County combines hiking and history on guided tours

Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to take a guided hike or tour through some of Summit County’s historical landmarks. Here’s a list of tours you might want to check out in the coming weeks.

Iowa Hill Gold Miner’s Hike is a guided hike through the historic Iowa Hill mine site with a local expert. Along the way, see authentic mining artifacts and interpretive signs that tell the story of how gold was extracted from the surrounding hills. Visit a restored miners’ boarding house (c. 1868) and experience life as a miner in Breckenridge’s early days. This hike is approximately 1.5 miles round-trip and lasts 1.5 hours. The first hour is a steady uphill climb with several stops and the return is downhill.

When: Saturdays at 10 a.m., weather permitting, through Oct. 13

Where: From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) travel north on Main Street. At the roundabout, continue north on Highway 9. At the second stoplight, turn left onto Valley Brook Road and then turn right onto Airport Road. Travel 0.5 miles, and the trail head is on the left-hand side. Parking is available in the dirt lot.

Cost: $15 for adult and $10 for children ages 4 to 12; during September, buy one ticket and get one half off

More information: Reservations are required by 8 p.m. on the Friday prior to the hike and can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.

Historic Walking Tour is a guided walk though Breckenridge’s nationally recognized historic district with a local expert. Learn about historic businesses and families and view several of the earliest buildings in town, from log cabins to stately residences. Along the way, hear stories about the gold seekers, hardy souls and socialites who lived in Breckenridge more than 100 years ago.

When: Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., through Oct. 13

Where: Tour begins at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St.

Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12

More information: Reservations are not required but can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.

Washington Gold & Silver Mine Tour and Gold Panning are still running on a reduced schedule. Once gold and silver were discovered in Summit County, hundreds of underground mines sprang up in Breckenridge and the surrounding region. In the mid-1880s, the Washington was one of the area’s largest gold and silver mines, with five main shafts and more than 10,000 feet of underground workings. Today, you can take a journey back in time to Breckenridge’s hard-rock mining era with an expert guides. Walk underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to pan for gold. What you find is yours to keep.

When: Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through September

Where: From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) travel south on Main Street. Turn left onto Boreas Pass Road and travel for 1.0 mile. Turn right onto Illinois Gulch Road, and the mine site is an additional 0.3 miles on the right. There is parking available at the mine site.

Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12; includes a souvenir gold pan

More information: Reservations are required at least 30 minutes prior to the tour and can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.

Haunted Tour of Breckenridge is a late-evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district. Along the way, the eerie and unexplained stories from the town’s rough and uncertain past will be told but remain unexplained. This fascinating tour includes a visit to the restored William H. Briggle Victorian home, which may or may not be occupied by the spirit of Katie Briggle.

When: Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 13

Where: Tour begins at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St.

Cost: $15 for adult and $10 for children ages 4 to 12

More information: Reservations are required by 5 p.m. on the day of the tour and can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.

French Gulch Gold Mine and Dredge Hike follows an experienced guide for a hike through Breckenridge’s fabled Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions and the location of dozens of early mining operations. Along the way, take in scenic views of Ten Mile Range, hear about the local environment and see the ruins of mine sites and the gold-gobbling Reiling Dredge boat. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles round trip with uphill sections and lasts approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

When: Mondays at 10 a.m., weather permitting, through Oct. 13

Where: From the Breckenridge Welcome Center, travel north on Main Street. Turn right onto Wellington Road and travel approximately 1 mile. At the stop sign, turn right onto French Gulch Road. Travel 0.5 miles and the road will turn to a well-maintained gravel road. Travel an additional 0.7 miles to the B&B trail head. Look for a small brown sign on the right — it is easy to miss. Turn right at the sign into the parking lot.

Cost: $20 for adult and $15 for children ages 4 to 12; during September, buy one ticket, get one half off

More information: Reservations are required by 8 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the hike and can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.

Preston Ghost Town and Gold Mine Hike includes a bag lunch. More than 130 years ago, Preston was a bustling town of approximately 150 residents, but now, only the ghostly remains of buildings reside here. Join a local expert on this guided hike to learn about the history of the town and many of the rich mines that operated in the area.

When: Fridays at 10 a.m., weather dependent, through Oct. 13

Where: Meet at the Breckenridge Golf Course clubhouse parking lot and caravan to trail head. From Breckenridge Welcome Center, travel north on Main Street. At the roundabout, continue north on Highway 9. Turn right onto Tiger Road and travel 1 mile to the Breckenridge Golf Course Parking Lot. Please allow 15 minutes from downtown Breckenridge to the Golf Course parking lot.

Cost: $30 for adult and $20 for children ages 4 to 12; during September, buy one ticket, get one half off

More information: Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the Thursday prior to the hike and can be made at the Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.


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