Iowa Hill

Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

Iowa Hill

Iowa Hill Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
310 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Best from late May to late October
USGS Frisco; Trails Illustrated:#108 Vail,Frisco,Dillon
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Jul 2018