Elkhorn Mining & Panning Co.

Meet Old Timer Phil at the Elkhorn Mining Co., Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA!

Old Timer Phil helps you mine for gems at the Elkhorn Sluice near the Train Station!

Step Back in Time…..

Elkhorn Cave Mining and Sluice Panning!


Come join one of our favorite characters, Prospector Phil, as he helps you on your mining quest at the Water Sluice. Here you can pan for precious gems, fossils, and rocks.  It’s a fun and interactive exhibit where you can keep cool on a hot day!  Ask Prospector Phil about his quest for gold… you’ll hear some great stories!

Venture into the Elkhorn Mines to see what treasures you can find!

Grab a pail and venture into the mines!

Bring your mining rough and pan in our mining sluice!
A Great Adventure……but watch out for that DYNAMITE!

Recent finds include genuine emeralds, rubies, arrowheads, dinosaur bones, fossils, and so much more!

MINING ROUGH: $12 per Large Pail & $7 for Small Pail / or $12 Emerald & Ruby Bag


Prospector Phil is your Ol' Timey Guide to the days of Prospecting at Elkhorn Mining Co. at Southwick's Zoo

Come visit us at Elkhorn Mining Co. at Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA


Elkhorn Livery Stable & Pony Rides at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA






Saturday & Sunday
11:00am to 5:00pm

Monday through Friday
11:00am – 4:00pm

Pony Rides – 2 Tickets
Pony Ride Weight Limit 90lbs