Ouray county is notorious for summer activities and being a summer vacation destination. The variety, uniqueness, and endless possibilities to fill up your day’s adventures makes for a vacation to remember, for there is never a dull moment here in the San Juan Mountains. From jeeping to hot air ballooning, from horseback riding to a relaxing day at the reservoir, the options are abounding. One neat existing activity that should be experienced by everyone visiting the area, is the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour. Just North of Ouray, this mine tour takes you 1,800 feet horizontally into Gold Hill on a tram, experiencing a mountain which is rich in gold, silver, and other precious metals. First you can enjoy a great miner’s breakfast, take a gold panning class and then tour into Gold Hill where you will hear 120 years of mining history and lore. Guests are accompanied by a thoroughly trained guide who has first-hand experience working the mine. You are shown the equipment used in mining, the mineral deposits, stopes, declines, crosscuts, run-a-rounds and drifts, and you will visit the work areas and see how explosives are used. Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are home to some of the world’s richest gold and silver finds. Today you can drive the old mountain trails and see ghost towns along with their old mining buildings, many of which are now sealed for the public’s protection. Come enjoy the first-hand experience and thrills at Bachelor-Syracuse- you can’t say you’ve experienced the heritage of Ouray until you’ve toured the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine! AAA, AARP, senior, and group rates are available. Children are half price.