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Surface Tours of the Matchless Mine


The Matchless Mine is listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.


Take a surface tour of the Matchless Mine to experience this tragic story and see the historic mine - a true legacy of the American West. Learn more about its history

Hours of Operation:

Please note: Due to unusually heavy spring snowfalls, the site is not fully handicap-accessible right now. Please call ahead if this is a concern to learn about current conditions.


Choose between a SELF-GUIDED surface tour of the mine site noon-4:45 PM daily


a GUIDED surface tour of the mine site at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM (reservations not required)

Guided tours last approximately 1 hour.


Please note: Closure may occur due to inclement weather.



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Guided Tour, General Admission: $12

Guided Tour, Student Admission: $10

Self-Guided Tour, General Admission: $6

Self-Guided Tour, Student Admission: $5

Children Under 6: Free


Group Rates (per person, by reservation)

Group Guided Tour (10+ people): $10

Group Self-Guided Tour (10+ people): $5

School Group (K-12 outside of Lake County): $3

Lake County School Group (K-12 and CMC): Free


Guided Tour, General Admission discounted $2 for seniors (65 & older), active/retired military, members of AAA/AARP

Free admission for Lake County students, members of AAM and NARM, and Boy Scouts who are working on or have earned the Mining in Society Merit Badge

Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active-duty military, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and up to five family members from May 25, 2019 through September 2, 2019


Tour Highlights Include:

"Baby Doe's" Cabin 

Powder Magazine 

Hoist House

Blacksmith Shop


Mine Shaft

Gold Panning Lessons Given On Site


Located 1.25 Miles up East 7th Street, Leadville CO


On your tour you will learn more about the infamous love triangle of the late 1800s


The Matchless Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the fabulously mineral-rich, Fryer Hill in Leadville's Historic Mining District. The Matchless mining claim, estimated to have produced 7.5 million dollars, contributed greatly to the wealth of its owner, silver baron Horace Tabor and his wife Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor. Once extraordinarily wealthy, the Tabor fortune vanished with the depletion of high-grade silver ore. After Tabor's death, "Baby Doe" Tabor returned frequently to the Matchless where she stayed in a one room cabin. It is in this cabin that she passed away in 1935, at the age of 81. Their tragic love story was made into an opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe."


Some visitor comments from 2017:


Fred and Janine G.           Denver, CO                 Enjoyable, very interesting!

Cassie M.                           Morton, FL                  Fantastic Tour, well preserved

M and Floyd C.                  Salida, CO                   Absolutely incredible!

Richard D.                          Lafayette, CO             Simply Beautiful

Rudolf L.                            Leadville, CO              Great History

Donna B.                            Bernardsville, NJ        LOVE **

Ann P.                                 SF Bay, CA                  A real treasure!  

Scott H.                              Anchorage, AK           Tres` bion

Julie and Eric R.                Leadville, CO              Thanks for Caring

Neal, Larry B.                     Versilles, KY                Excellent Tour! 

Laurel M.                             Leadville, CO               Fabulous Tour!

Gerde E.                              Belgium                       Thank You Very Much!!!


Click HERE to read what another visitor had to say about her trip to the Matchless Mine.


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