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I’m Suellen Barnhard, and I’m proud to be a Miner and Professional Gold Mine Tour Guide for eight years. I will be your personal Colorado Mining Country Van Tours Guide. Find us at I’m filled with so much passion to teach.

Like most of you reading this, I started out green and had to learn the hard way about how to be a good prospector and gold panner. So our story starts here in Black Hawk as we make our way through the back country of Central City. Join us and experience the deeply rich American Mining History of the “Richest Square Mile on Earth.”

Visit Mountain City where it all began (home of John Gregory). Learn gold panning and where to pan, sift earth treasures, visit ghost towns, enjoy scenic views, and hike up dump ore piles and view old mining shaft. Learn our 1872 mining law and how to gold mine on public property safely. Bring your lunch and have a picnic while you pan for gold. We also offer combo van and underground gold mining tours. And we cater to group bookings as well as families and individuals. See you soon!