SCHOOL GROUP TOUR INFORMATION
Thank you for your interest of group tours of the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The following should answer many of your questions. For more information, or to reserve a date and time please email us. Mine telephone is 970-387-5444 (voicemail only in off season).
SEASON & TIMES: Tour operates daily Saturday May 18th, 2013 through Monday, September 30th, 2013. Between May 18th and June 30th, and between August 15 and September 30th, tour departure times are 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm. In peak season July 1 – August 14th tours start at 10:00 am and depart every hour on the hour, last tour departs at 4:00 pm. Special tour times may also be scheduled before or after regular hours or depart on the half-hour in peak season to avoid conflict with regularly scheduled tours (particularly in peak season). Larger groups (over 40 persons) may require splitting into two tour groups run 30 minutes apart.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required in advance for group rate tours. Tours must arrive at least 20 minutes before their scheduled time. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed space. Note the tour operates at capacity in peak season. Allow 15 minutes to drive from Silverton to the mine site (5 miles). Once at the site we need at least 15 minutes to get the group ready to go underground with coats and hard hats.
GROUP SIZE: The mine train can take a maximum of about 35 persons per trip. Larger groups must be split up and run 30 minutes apart. Tours are generally not exclusive, meaning the Old Hundred reserves the right to fill available empty seats with members of the general public.
PRICES & TERMS: Special school price is available May through June and September 5 through 30th. Price is $6.00 per student through 8th grade - $7.00 per student, 9th grade and above. Parents (including “home school” parents) accompanying group are $15.00 each. Professional public/private school teachers, staff, and bus drivers are free. In peak season standard commercial group rates may apply - $15.00 per adult and $7.00 children ages 5 – 12. Price includes mine train ride, underground tour, and gold panning on surface.
ACCESSIBILITY INFO: The tour involves casual walking on gravel pathways with 40 to 50 minutes of standing. Limited seating is available underground at certain points. The altitude is 10,000 above sea level. There are no stairs or climbing, but one or two steps up into the cars. Wheelchairs can be accommodated but will be on rougher graveled surfaces. The train can fit one wheelchair with occupant. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Persons who are claustrophobic are not recommended.
OTHER INFO: Be sure to allow enough travel time to the site, both to Silverton, and from town to the mine site. Traffic is heavy and slow in the summer on the state highway to Silverton. The road to the mine is 2 miles of paved and 3 miles of dust controlled gravel county road. Parking lot is large and there is ample room to turn around a bus or coach. At the mine allow at 15 - 20 minutes for restrooms and to outfit guests with coats and hard hats before your scheduled departure underground on the mine train. There is a covered picnic area with tables at the gift shop. Mine temperature is about 48 degrees F (9 C). Mine tour operations and schedules are subject to change and can be affected by severe weather.
SILVERTON INFO: Silverton is a Historic Landmark with full services, restaurants, and shopping. It is the terminus of the famous Durango-Silverton narrow gage steam train. The Silverton Museum is located in the old county jail and the 1929 Mayflower Gold Mill, is open for tour groups Memorial Day – Labor Day. Contact Beverly Rich at 970-387-5488 for more info. The Silverton Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-752-4494 has general area information or visit www.silvertoncolorado.com .