Iowa Hill

Various • 1.2 mi • 310 ft

The Iowa Hill Hydraulic Placer Mine is explored along this historic interpretive trail. The hikes takes you back 145 years in history to the days when miners panned for gold then developed techniques using water cannons, called hydraulic giants, to wash the sides of gulches into sluice boxes to capture gold particles. Mining History News rates this trail as “one of the best hydraulic mining exhibits in the world.” A restored two-story log Miners ’Boarding House on the trail can be toured by appointment. The Iowa Hill interpretive displays were created by following old pictures and knowledge of how the miners first panned for gold in streams and then evolved hydraulic techniques to remove gold from the hills.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Breckenridge
Length: 1.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 310 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best from late May to late October
Other Uses: Dogs must be on leash.
Local Maps: USGS Frisco; Trails Illustrated:#108 Vail,Frisco,Dillon
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