Mines & Mine Tours

Mountains of Silver and Gold

Silver and gold made Virginia City an iconic mining town, one that will forever be recognized as one of the greatest. It also formed the character of Nevada, and to a greater extent, the nation as a whole. Visitors can experience this rich and colorful time period as they explore Virginia City's museums, historic buildings, and of course, some of its mines. Listed below are several options that open the door into the world of Nevada's mining boom.

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Chollar Mine Tours

With its riches first located in1859, Virginia City's Chollar Mine (later the Chollar-Potosi) was one of the leading producers on the Comstock. Over the next 80 years, miners blasted and carted out some $17 million in gold and silver. The Nevada Mill was erected here in 1887 to process the vast amounts of ore taken out of the Chollar Mine. Today the mine is open for visitors. A guided tour lasts a half hour and is a 400 ft., level walk. Visitors see square-set timbering, silver ore, rock drills, as well as displays of old equipment.

Admission:
Adults, $10
Children (5-12), $2

Dates and hours of operations:
Hours: 1 pm to 3:30 pm, daily except Friday
Season: May through October

Contact:
Chris or Penny Kiechler
615 S. F Street
P.O. Box 727
Virginia City, NV 89440

Phone: 775-847-0155
Fax: 775-847-7625

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Ponderosa Mine Tour

The Best and Belcher Mine is a 25- minute guided tour with over 300 pieces of antique mining equipment on display. See complete underground mine workings - tunnels, crosscuts, drifts, stopes, raises, winzes and shafts. The Ponderosa Mine is located in the Ponderosa Saloon, formerly the Bank of California. 

Admission:
Adults, $6
Children (ages 5-12) $2

Dates and hours of operations:
Hours/Summer: 11 am - 5 pm
Hours/Winter: 12 pm - 5 pm
Season: Year Round (weather permitting)

Contact:
106 South C Street
P.O. Box 314
Virginia City, NV 89440

Phone: 775-847-7210

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Modern Mine Tour 

Witness the rebirth of mining on the Comstock, plus enjoy a hotel tour and have lunch at Nevada's oldest hotel. Local cowboy, miner and TV personality, John Tyson, is your guide on a drive through the historic Gold Hill area. 

Admission:
$15 per person
Space is limited call for reservations 775-847-0111

Dates and hours of operations:
Hours: 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm or 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Season: June - October

Contact:
1540 Main Street
Gold Hill, NV 

Phone: 775-847-0111

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Comstock Gold Mill

Virginia City's mining history comes alive with an operating 1860s Joshua Hendy (built in San Francisco) two stamp Gold Mill. See how gold was processed from ore to recovery. A narrated tour is educational and fun, see lots of historical mining equipment in one place.

Admission:
Adults, $10
Children, $5 (5-12 yrs.)
4 years old and under are free

Dates and hours of operations:
Hours: Daily 11 am to 5 pm, daily except Tuesday
Season: May 2 through Labor Day Weekend
email: sjolcover@aol.com

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Virginia City Mining Company

Bring the family and pan for gold and gems on the Comstock.

Admission:
Mine for gems $8
Mine for gold $12

Dates and hours of operations:
May-September: Open Friday through Monday 11am to 5pm
October - April: Closed for the season

Contact:
171 S. C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
Phone: 775-847-7744

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DanCin Crystals Mining Company

The DanCin Crystals Mining Company is a unique shop where customers can dry pan for crystals, minerals, fossils, shark teeth and much more.

Dates and hours of operations:
May-October: Open 7 days a week
November - April: Call for winter hours

Contact:
65 N. C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
Phone: 775-410-0690
DancinCrystals.com