The Premier Showcase of American Mining

Surface Tours of the Matchless Mine

 

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

 

Take a 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:

Choose between a SELF-GUIDED surface tour of the mine site noon-4:45 PM Saturday through Thursday (closed Friday) 

-OR-

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. The Matchless Mine will close for the season October 8.

 

Admission

(CASH ONLY OR PAY WITH A CARD AT THE NMHFM)

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

 

Group tours are available seven days a week (including Friday) until October 8. Please call for availability.

 

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

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

 

Tour Highlights Include:

"Baby Doe's" Cabin 

Powder Magazine 

Hoist House

Blacksmith Shop

Headframe

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 2016:

"Well paced. Never boring."

"The tour guide was excellent and had first-hand knowledge of mining."

"Very informative and I learned more than expected."

"Very good video presentation on the extent of the mine."

"Learned new things about mining processes."

"Beautiful site; well-maintained."

"More than we had hoped for! It was excellent!"

"After 16 years living in Leadville this was one of the coolest experiences (with visiting parents) I’ve ever had. A HUGELY VALUABLE RESOURCE HERE."

"James was an amazing guide—very knowledgeable and very patient with our group of 6 kids!"

"Brenda is a great guide & storyteller."

 

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

 

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