Field Trips

Off-site Field Trip

See firsthand how others in the minerals industry are improving methods, overcoming obstacles and reaching operational goals.

Field trips are subject to cancellation based on limited attendance. Make your reservations for field trips during your conference registration.

Tour attendees will have transportation and appropriate food and refreshments while on the tours.


Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 8:00 am - Noon | $65

Join a small group (under 50 total) to experience the wonder of ingenuity, technology, and entrepreneurial spirit that is the Argo Mill & Tunnel. Situated in Historic Idaho Springs in the heart of Colorado Gold Country. The Argo is a central character in the story of the Colorado gold-rush, and remains one of the largest, most well-preserved historic gold mills in the world. During the Colorado Gold Rush, the Clear Creek and Gilpin County mining districts were known as The Richest Square Mile on Earth. The Argo Mill was the master stroke – a state of the art facility providing the latest technological advancements in milling and situated at the mouth of the mighty tunnel. In 2016, a dedicated group of local preservationists and visionaries purchased the Argo and continue to make impactful improvements to this remarkable site as well as the visitor experience of the Argo history.

Tour Logistics:

  • 40 minutes from convention center, buses depart at 8:00 am
  • 2 hours for tour once onsite
  • Maximum 50 people. Will break into 2 groups of 25 each
  • Busses will return to Convention Center at Noon