Discount rates are only available for PRESCHEDULED groups of 25 or more. Reservations are only valid if pre-payment is received (in full by Check) 14 days Prior to the requested date. For Group rates visit: [School Groups] , [Group Rates]
The Mollie Kathleen gold mine is located at the center of over 30 pikes peak area attractions. The mine site is geologically situated on the SouthWest face of Pikes Peak halfway between Colorado Springs and the Royal Gorge. We are located 1 mile North of Cripple Creek, Co on U.S. highway 67 within minutes of:
- Pikes Peal Heritage Center
- Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railway
- Cripple Creek District Museum
- Cripple Creek Melodrama
- American Eagles overlook
- Numerous hiking trails
- Historic town of Victor
Elevation / Climate:
Climate is of dry high altitude. Meaning when it’s sunny it is mild, when it’s cloudy it’s cool. This is true year around. The Cripple Creek area averages 340 days of sunny weather with average temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs and 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Canon City, Making Cripple Creek, Colorado the BEST PLACE TO BE ON A HOT SUMMER DAY!
Do I need reservations?:
Reservations are recommended for groups of 25 or more. Discounts are only available with pre-payment.
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- Underground Temperature: 50 degrees F / 10 degrees C
- How long do tours last?: About 1 hour.
Are tours guided?:
Yes, tour guides are very knowledgeable miners well versed in hard rock gold mining and the history of the Cripple Creek Gold Camp.
Who is Mollie Kathleen?:
Mollie Kathleen Gortner discovered her mine in 1891. For details, please visit:[Mollie]
Is this a real gold mine?:
Yes, the mine is as-real-as it gets. The Mollie Kathleen is documented by the National Geological Survey as a gold production mine.
Will I see real gold?:
Yes, visitors to the Mollie Kathleen view several exposed gold veins in their natural state
What is the skip ride like?:
Entering the mine is comparable to riding an elevator in the Empire State Building (roughly 100 stories), or, if you have stood on the Royal Gorge Bridge, you have looked down about 1,000 feet from the bridge deck to the Arkansas river below. The distinct difference between a traditional elevator ride and a man-skip shaft ride, would be that, as you travel the shaft you can see through the cage walls of the man-skip to see the shaft timbers, landings, and ladders located between various mine levels. The Shaft ride itself takes two minutes at a speed of 500 feet per minute (roughly 5 mph). This may seem fast, however, many modern elevators travel up to 23 mph.
Are their lights underground?:
Yes, both the mine shaft and tour areas are well lit.
Do we walk around underground?:
Yes, Once you arrive on the tour level, your group will depart the man-skip and advance on a flat and level surface, at a slow walking pace, between displays.
Is the tour all walking?:
No, The ride up and down the shaft is like an elevator. Halfway through the tour, visitors board a Tram-air locomotive and ride about 1/4 of the tour distance. They then depart the train and continue on foot, until they load the man-skip and are hoisted to the surface.
What Should We Wear?:
Jackets and state required hardhats are provided. Good walking shoes are suggested.
Is the tour area claustrophobic and tight like most caves?:
No, the mine is not claustrophobic. In order to mine underground, one must haul equipment in and gold out. Therefore, a hard rock mine is made to work in, not crawl through,
Are strollers allowed underground?:
Due to limited space, strollers are not allowed underground. For safety reasons only front-mounted baby packs can be used for carrying infants.
Are wheel chairs allowed underground?:
No, the Mollie Kathleen is a real gold mine and is not ADA accessible, therefore, these items are not allowed underground.
- •Wheel chairs
Are pets allowed underground?:
No, if you bring pets on the mine property they must be on a leash or contained.
Are there restrooms underground?:
No, all restrooms are located on the surface of the mining property.