Stay Out, Stay Alive

Photo of hazardous mine openingColorado’s mining history has left a rich legacy. However, this legacy also includes 23,000 inactive and abandoned mines that can be as dangerous as they are picturesque. Mine sites may look safe to explore, but they often contain unstable soil, unsafe roofs and ladders, deadly gasses, poisonous snakes and dangerous explosives. The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety asks you to “Stay Out and Stay Alive” and not explore abandoned mines.

Victims of mining accidents have encountered deadly odorless gases, fell down holes that opened under their weight, drowned in near-freezing pools of water at the bottom of shafts, and were buried in unpredictable cave-ins.  Many people are injured and killed every year while "just exploring" abandoned mines. Don't be a victim.Photo of open mine adit

Abandoned Mine Fatalities

Abandoned Mine Injuries and Rescues

Watch our Stay Out, Stay Alive informational video.

Access the brochures below for additional information on our "Stay Out, Stay Alive" Campaign.

Stay Out, Stay Alive brochure (English)

Stay Out, Stay Alive brochure (Spanish)

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We encourage you to learn more about mining and Colorado’s historic mining past by visiting a mining museum or tourist mine in Colorado.

For a list of Colorado's SAFE mine tours and information on other historical and educational mine-related attractions please consult our Tourist Mines & Museums page or view the Tourist Mines and Museums Brochure


Be Smart.  Stay Out.  Stay Alive.