Compromise Mine

Useful Information

Location: Aspen Mountain, Aspen
Open: JUL to AUG daily after appointment.
Reservation mandatory.
Classification: MineSilver Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Compromise Mine, 110 Smuggler Mountain Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, Tel: +1-970-925-2049.
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04-JUL-1879 prospectors discover Independence Gold Lode.
1880 300 people living in a tent city.
1888 Compromise Mine formed by consolidating Durant and Aspen mines.



Compromise Mine is located on Aspen Mountain, above the Little Nell Ski Run. This is a working mine, currently used on an exploratory basis. The tour is guided by experienced local miners, who will explain the differences between modern mining and historic mining. To reach the mine, guests are driven to the mine entrance with four wheel drive vehicles. Then they board an 18 gauge mine car and ride 700 m underground.

This is actually where Aspen silver mining began. When silver seekers crossed the pass from Leadville, they found ore at this place, and soon realized they found the mother lode. Numerous small mines existed in this area, which were finally united, to end a continuous struggle. Hence, the name Compromise Mine.