Hard Rock Mining Tour: Mammoth Mine

Rocky Mountain Mammoth Mine

Getting There

This site is closed to the public for safety reasons

Miners rushed to take advantage of the rich veins of gold discovered throughout the Magnolia Mining District in the late 1800s. However, like many mining sites in the west, the Rocky Mountain Mammoth Mine had a boom-and-bust history. The mine closed and reopened several times between 1875 and 1940. Whether the ore was too difficult to access, too low quality, or in too low of demand, operations at the mine rarely went on for more than a few years at a time. Whatever the reasons for closing, the Rocky Mountain Mammoth Mine has been wonderfully preserved, with few modern developments impacting its historic value.

Did you know?

An estimated 100,000 gold seekers took part in the Colorado Gold Rush, one of the greatest gold rushes in North American history! Those miners were known as "Fifty-Niners" after 1859, the peak year of the rush. Fifty-Niners often used the motto "Pike's Peak or Bust!"


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