Update: Sutter Gold Mine is Closed Permanently
Sutter Gold mine is located in Northern California’s gold country in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. More specifically, Sutter Gold Mine is located on Highway 49, north of Sutter Creek and south of Amador City. Just a short drive from Sacramento or a couple hours driving from the Bay Area, this little gem is worth a family visit. There are several other historic mines near Sutter Gold Mine including Lincoln Mine. Leland Stanford was able to use his money he made from this mine to help finance the Central Pacific Railroad and later Stanford University.
Sutter Gold Mine is not a historic mine. It was opened in the 1980s to find gold, but now is used to give travelers insight into gold extraction from the original gold panning in the 1840s to modern day techniques. In the 1 hour walking tour, you will dress like a miner and then take the Boss Buggy Shuttle deep underground to learn more about mining. The tour guide will also teach you how to tell you the difference between real gold and “Fools Gold”.
After or before the tour, you may also mine for gems outside the Gold Store at Sutter Gold Mine. Everyone is guaranteed to find real gemstones.
Admission into the Sutter Gold Mine is $17.50 for adults and $11.50for children (ages 4 – 12). Kids under 4 are not recommended. It is 64 degrees inside the mine so dress accordingly. It is usually much hotter outside in the summer.
Gift certificates are available for Sutter Gold Mine, the Twin Zip Lines, California Cavern, Gold Cliff Mine, and Moaning Cavern by calling 1-866-762-2837.