Gold prospecting sites


San Miguel River gold prospecting 2
The BLM reacquired the land and river south of Norwood Bridge after it had been in private ownership. This unclaimable land along the San Miguel River is now available for your non-motorized prospecting.   The gold here is pretty good! You get to this area by taking highway 145 easterly […]

Norwood Bridge Recreational Placer Mining Area – Prospecting Tips


Rattlesnake Gulch is a historic area north of Delta off Highway 50. It was private (railroad) land which the BLM reacquired so it’s open to panning but can’t be claimed! The turnoff is between mile marker 60-61on Highway 50 and is marked well (Rattlesnake Gulch Rd 730). The old road […]

Rattlesnake Gulch public prospecting area





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Last fall I was driving by a construction site in our little town of Silverthorne. The site is a block west of the main highway through town and therefore about three blocks from the Blue River. The construction was for a new microbrewery and I noticed a big pile of […]

Silverthorne is built on a Placer Deposit


Cherry Creek was one of the first places early prospectors found gold in Colorado. In 1858 William “Green” Russell and his party even briefly set up the gold camp “town” of Russellville south of the modern town of Parker on Cherry Creek. They moved on toward Denver fairly quickly looking […]

Cherry Creek prospecting tips



Point Barr is unclaimable land on the Arkansas River where you can drive right to the riverside and get to digging! Well, sort of…more on that later. The gold here is the typical fine Arkansas River material. This means fairly consistent in size – small! This means it would be […]

Point Barr Prospecting Site on the Arkansas River


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I’m sitting at my computer, looking out the window at yet another winter storm (we’ve had almost 6 feet of snow this month (12/2016) here in Summit County!) and satisfying my gold fever with a little winter reading. I thought you might like to see some of the best of […]

Satisfy your gold fever with a little winter reading and ...


Cache Creek Colorado prospecting rules 5
A must visit for any casual prospector spending time in the Colorado mountains, Cache Creek was a commercial operation that was shut down in the midst of productive operations. Of all the places open to casual prospecting in Colorado, this is the one to hit if you dream of finding […]

Cache Creek Prospecting Site



  The Lomax Placer site gives you a chance to see and touch placer hydraulicing equipment at a site where it was actually used. You can also see a fully equipped gold assay office, small museum and learn to gold pan. As you drive up Gold Run Road from Highway […]

Gold Prospecting & Tourism – Lomax Placer


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The chunk of Clear Creek in central Denver from Broadway to Washington St. has some really good gold. This stretch of river also has quite a few bridges over it which does two good things: provides some shade for summer digging Means there’s bigger gold in the top gravels that […]

Clear Creek (Broadway to Washington) – Prospecting tips


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Fees, limits on activity and calendar restrictions may be coming soon. (May 2017 Update: As per the Royal Gorge BLM office, the rule changes have been put on hold for the 2017 season!) Some of this change looks to be good news as they plan to allow wheeled carts and […]

Gold Prospecting News Flash: Cache Creek fees & restrictions coming ...




Dudley’s bar is upstream from Big Bend (see my other post on Big Bend) a bit. This part of the South Platte is just down stream of the confluence with Clear Creek and due to some quirks of river flows during high water events, there’s GOOD gold on the west […]

Dudley’s Bar prospecting tips (& nearby)


The Jefferson County Open Space website has a page on their rules for prospecting in the park and guess who they picked as a model for doing it right? In the pic, I’m dressed for cold weather because it was December! That’s a Gold Cube with a trommel on top […]

A moment of fame (now I just need to find ...



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Digging in the city means participating in recreational gold prospecting as a guest of a local government, parks & rec district or similar organization. While the tools of prospecting are the same (shovel, pan and sluice, maybe an electric highbanker like the Gold Cube), the process of finding a spot […]

Finding spots to dig in town (metro Denver)


I recently had a friend from China and her husband come visit. They wanted to spend a day as gold prospectors so we visited Arapahoe Bar to dig (see my post about that site here). We dug the bottom of an existing hole and did very well so they got […]

Gold Tourism – The Phoenix Mine Tour




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The gold in metro Denver is in almost every waterway big enough to have a name. In the early days of the gold rush this was confusing and frustrating for the first American prospectors. They found gold way out southeast in Elbert County, due south of what’s now Denver in […]

So where did all this gold come from anyway?


A friend of mine has done his own blogging about places to go digging in metro Denver and he has some great spots to tell you about. Red Wilcox is the co-inventor/owner of the Gold Cube, Banjo Pan and the inventor of the Gold-n-Sand hand pump/dredge. (Note: I have an […]

Another good source of info on prospecting in metro Denver


Denver area map 1860 era
I think many of us know to look for gold where it’s been found before. This can naturally lead to an interest in history and old maps. That has certainly been true for me. So it’s no surprise that my wife turned me on to this talk and I just […]

How Colorado was started with a gold rush



Exit 210C off of northbound I-25 in downtown Denver drops you right into Crescent Park on the east side of the highway. Driving a few yards south, you’ll see parking next to the South Platte river. Walk straight to the river and you’ll find yourself on the cobble bar. From […]

Mile High Bar prospecting tips


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Well, this is a bad news, good news story. But first, a little background. Grant-Frontier Park is on the South Platte River just South of Evans Ave (and west of Santa Fe) in central Denver. This has been a popular gold prospecting location since the very beginning of US citizens […]

Grant-Frontier Park prospecting tips




This is a spot you have to see to believe! Big Bend has good gold and lots of it! It’s officially called Steele Street Open Space Park and is part of the Adams County Open Space parks. You arrive at a parking lot on Steele Street just north of 78th […]

Hints for prospecting at “Big Bend”


¬†Arapahoe Bar is a Prospecting Park in west metro Denver (in Wheat Ridge specifically…thanks Wheat Ridge!) which welcomes prospectors for free on a gold bearing stretch of Clear Creek. As you can see in the photo, this site has an important part in the history of Colorado. To find it, […]

Arapahoe Bar prospecting tips