Troo American Road Trip- Panning for Gold in Colorado at Country Boy Mine (Day 16)

Today’s road trip adventure was all about fulfilling my son’s dream- panning for gold in Colorado! He was inspired by the Discovery Channel show “Gold Rush”, and has his own dreams of “finding pay dirt”! So we drove up to Breckenridge to visit the historic Country Boy Mine. We actually got to walk into the mine on a tour and learn all about gold was mined in the late 1800’s.

Inside the Country Boy Mine1

And after our tour, our guide showed us the correct technique to use to pan for gold on their property. Alas, after 1 ½ hours of sincere effort- nada.

Panning for Gold in Colorado

Guess my husband will need to go to work tomorrow- sorry Steve! I made up for it by purchasing some small vials of gold flakes in the gift shop for each of the kids. We can’t travel all this way and go home empty-handed, can we?

kids with burro


My younger kids were far more excited by petting the mini-burros than by panning for gold!

Have you ever planned a vacation stop around something your kids saw on TV? Where?


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Sharon Rowley is the busy Mom of 6 kids ages 8-13 and managing this large family calls upon all of the super-organizational skills she can muster! Sharon shares her ideas for Moms every day on Momof6, and her passion for family travel over on Great Family Road Trips.

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