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.
a GUIDED surface tour of the mine site, daily at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM (reservations not required)
Guided tours last approximately 1 hour.
"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 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.