Gold Bug Park

Gold Bug Mine Museum and Gift Shop


Gold Bug Park & Mine

Placerville, CA



Priest Mine Gang-001 Take a Walk Into Gold Rush History!

You’ll step back in time when you explore real gold mines in the heart of California’s historic Mother Lode.

There’s something here for the whole family! Grab a hard hat and take a tour deep into the historic Gold Bug and Priest Mines.  Check out the Mining Museum and its colorful mineral collection.  Find your riches in the Gem Panning Troughs.  Visit our historic Stamp Mill whose massive timbers still stand as silent sentinels to a remarkable era in California history.  Watch the Blacksmiths shape red hot iron into tools and amazing works of art. Afterward, stop by the Gift Shop to find that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience and visit to the Mother Lode.   The park also has miles of shaded, dog-friendly hiking trails to explore and plenty of free RV parking.

Gold Bug Miner

A Special Opportunity Only for Our 2016 Gold Panning Championship Visitors

The rarely seen Priest Mine is a highlight of your adventure to this unique park.  This remarkable hard rock mine was hand dug at the peak of the Gold Rush by Cornish and Chilean miners. The mine’s walls and ceiling still show the scars of their picks and stand as timeless testaments to the exhausting, backbreaking work the ‘49ers endured in their quest for gold.  This mine is as truly as close to the California Argonauts as you can ever get!  You will feel the energy and excitement as you venture deeper and deeper into the hillside drift.

Go to our website to learn more about the park’s mining history, self guided audio tour and guided tour of the Priest Mine  and our hours of operation.


2635 Gold Bug Lane

Placerville, CA  95667

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Located just 1 mile from Hwy. 50 and historic downtown Placerville. There’s plenty of free RV parking!



Gold Bug Park and Mine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a California State Point of Historic Interest.