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. Tours do not enter the mine shaft, as it is too dangerous. Learn more about the mine's history.
Hours of Operation:
Please note: Tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday only. The summer season 2020 runs through September 27. Beginning in mid-August we will be rehabilitating the hoist house. If you plan to visit between August 17 and September 27, please call for details prior to your visit.
a GUIDED surface tour of the mine site at noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 PM without advance reservations. Guided tour groups have a maximum size of 9 people.
Guided tours last approximately 1 hour.
pay with a card at the NMHFM,
or pay here:
"Baby Doe's" Cabin
Gold Panning Lessons Given On Site
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 2019:
The absolute highlight of our visit (Monday, July 22) was the tour of the Matchless Mine, led by a truly outsatanding docent, Brenda Miller. --Steve
Brenda, you were the best of the best! I fell in love with you from the moment I went up to talk to you before our tour! --Candy
Thank you for such an informative and fun tour! --Sherry
Can not THANK You enough for the great tour. We all learned so much about the history. --Pearl
Thank you for being our tour guide. You are amazing. --Kathy
Strong work! Excellent job! Rock on! --Tricia
You did an amazing job telling the story of Baby Doe and the mine. --Abigail
Click HERE to read what another visitor had to say about her trip to the Matchless Mine.