Colorado June 01, 2015
11 Colorado Caves And Mines Ready For Exploring
I have a confession to make: researching this post gave me the major willies. I do not (I repeat DO NOT) like small, enclosed spaces.. but I wish I did because then I would be able to go explore these amazing Colorado caverns and mines! If adventuring in underground cliffs or historic gold mines is your thing, you’re in luck! Here are 11 caves in Colorado and mines ready to be explored.
1) Fulford Cave (Basalt)
Deemed moderate in terms of difficulty, Fulford Cave recently reopened after being closed for several seasons due to White Nose Syndrome found in the local bat population.
2) Country Boy Mine (Breckenridge)
Tour the mine and pan for gold at this authentic and historic site!
3) Box Canyon Waterfall & Park (Ouray)
Enjoy a scenic hike, local wildlife, a beautiful waterfall when you explore this Summit County cavern.
4) Argo Gold Mine and Mill (Idaho Springs)
The gold mine and mill, located just west of Denver, processed over $100 million of gold ore back in its heyday!
5) Mesa Verde National Park
The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde were built in the late 1190's and are some of the most notable and best preserved in the country.
6) Phoenix Gold Mine (Idaho Springs)
This notable Colorado mine has been featured in both National Geographic and on national television programs!
7) Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs)
Feeling extra adventurous? Ride the Terror-Dactyl zip line, which launches you 200 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour!
8) Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (Cripple Creek)
Travel 1,000 feet underground into this historic mine! After you're finished exploring, you're sure to be hungry, so be sure to stop by their new, on-site diner.
9) Rainbow Falls (Manitou Springs)
The falls are well known and recognized for the graffiti painted on the canyon walls and bridge overpass.
10) Glenwood Caverns (Glenwood Springs)
Not just a cavern but an entire theme park complete with various rides and attractions!
What do you think? Are these caves and mines worth exploring? Have you already explored any of them? Tell me all about it in the comments!