Gold Panning Championships

TBD for 2021

June 19 - 21, 2020

The Gold Prospectors of Colorado are coming back to Breckenridge to take over the Blue River Plaza for three days of historical fun! Come learn how to pan for gold and watch the 2019 Gold Panning Championships unfold on Main Street. Everyone is invited to learn the basics of Gold Panning and all necessary tools will be provided.

This event is FREE and open to the public and will take place from Friday – Sunday.

Dates: June 19-21, 2020

Cost: Free to watch and participate

The Gold Prospectors of Colorado has been cancelled for 2020.  Please, check back for updates.

Festival & Event Updates
All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Check back frequently for updates or sign-up to receive event-specific email updates.

Colorado State Gold Panning Championship Schedule

Friday, June 19
11:00 am – Old Timers
1:00pm – Juniors
3:00pm – National Style

Saturday, June 20
10:00am – Teams
1:00pm – Women’s
3:00pm – Men’s

Sunday, June 21
10:00am – State
1:00pm – Sue’s “Pan It Forward” Challenge
3:00pm – World’s Day

Learn More About the Gold Prospectors of Colorado


Gold Panning on historic Main Street in Breckenridge.

Where can you find gold in Breckenridge, Colorado?

We can’t guarantee you’ll strike it rich, but there are many opportunities to pan for gold, tour historic mining sites and learn about Breckenridge’s rich mining history.

Country Boy Mine

The Country Boy Mine, founded in 1887, is one of the oldest and most famous mines in Summit County, Colorado. Early in its over 100 year history, the Country Boy Mine was known for its gold and silver production and later earned national fame by producing large quantities of high-grade lead and zinc for use in World War I and World War II. Today, you can take a tour the historic gold mine where you’ll learn all about mining in the golden days.. While at the mine you can also gold pan, pet the burros, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store.

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Mine Tours
Choose one of BHA’s Mine Tours or gold panning lessons for a chance to head outdoors, learn local history and possibly strike it big!  Tours include a hike through a mining camp, exploring historic mining operations and dredge boats and exploring historic buildings and mining equipment.

Historic Hikes Near Breckenridge
Anywhere you hike around Breckenridge you are likely to stumble upon old mine workings and historic sites thanks to our rich mining history dating back to Breckenridge’s beginnings in 1859. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite historic hikes to highlight in chronological order by approximate date of mine workings. Remember, take only photographs and leave any artifacts for others to enjoy.

Ghost Tours
There’s no better way to enjoy history than by adding a spooktacular layer of fun! Breckenridge embraced it’s Wild West ways during gold mining’s heyday and we have the ghostly tales to prove it.  Sign-up for a ghost or history tour for a chance to go back in time.

Learn More About Breckenridge’s Mining History