Gold Discovery Tour / Gold Panning

Last Updated 7/19/2023


Gold Discovery Tour

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to offer visitors guided walking tours! This is a 45-minute walking tour of the park. 

Our Gold Discovery Tour tells the story and visits the sites of the Coloma Valley before the discovery of gold by James Marshall. Learn about the events leading up to the discovery, the history of the California Gold Rush, and the town of Coloma.

Tours are offered at least twice a day, weather permitting (tours will NOT be given when the temperature is above 95 degrees). The tour cost is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. We do not give tours on our event days including Coloma Gold Rush Live and Christmas in Coloma. Please come enjoy those events. Please call 530.622.3470 for availability.

Gold Panning Lessons

Learn how to pan for gold by taking a 15-minute lesson with us, then spend the next half hour panning the troughs looking for garnets, fools gold, and real gold flakes!

Gold Panning lessons are being offered most days at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Please call 530.622.3470 for availability. Lessons are on a first come first serve basis for the public. For groups please call (530) 622-3069 to make a reservation.

Gold panning lessons will NOT be available when the temperature is above 95 degrees.

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