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 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: The Matchless Mine is closed for 2019. It will reopen Memorial Day weekend of 2020.


Choose between a SELF-GUIDED surface tour of the mine site 11:00 AM-4:45 PM daily


a GUIDED surface tour of the mine site at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM Friday-Sunday without advance reservations. Groups of 10 or more can request guided tours any day of the week by contacting the museum at least a week in advance.

Guided tours last approximately 1 hour.

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.


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 2019:


The absolute highlight of our visit (Monday, July 22) was the tour of the Matchless Mine, led by a truly outsatnding 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.


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