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Recently on a trip to Colorado, we were looking for something to do with children clear up to grandparents. We ended up going to the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Our entire family decided that this was a highlight of our trip!
If you are planning a trip here, one thing to remember is that it closes if there is bad weather. You might check ahead before driving out there. It is located 1 mile north of Cripple Creek on Highway 67.
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour Cost and Wait
This tour was a ton of fun and not a bad price either! We paid $25 per adult and $15 for children. If the kids are under three then it is even cheaper to get in. Once we paid for our tour, we had to wait for about 40 minutes for our turn to go down into the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.
While waiting for the tour, there is a small gift shop and a few things to look around at in the area. It didn’t seem to take long to get the chance to go into the gold mine.
Entering the Gold Mine
The only scary thing about going to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, Colorado is going down into it and coming back up. Once you are inside, there is plenty of room to move around and look at things.
As you go down into the mine, there is a very small cage you get into and it brings you down. You are very crowded together. We had seven people in our cage heading down. You are back to back and it is pretty tight. It is only a two-minute ride down and back up though.
Touring the Gold Mine
We had a tour guide named Harley and he did a great job! He knew a lot about mining and actually used to do the job. He took us through the entire Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. You walk through each room and see different machines they used to use in the mine. He even showed us how a lot of the machines worked but made sure we knew they could be loud.
There were small children in our tour and they did a great job with it. You can ask questions and just enjoy seeing what used to be a working gold mine that was owned by a woman.
Cripple Creek Donkeys
They talked to us about how Cripple Creek has about 12 donkeys that the town owns. It turns out that they just walk around town except for in the winter when they are put up for their safety. You can pet them and feed them if you get the chance to find them. We didn’t but I know people who have in the past! This is something I really want to check out in the future. So if you have been let me know how it was!
Have you ever been to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine? Share your thoughts about it in the comments!