I was at the annual Christmas party for the Gold Prospectors of the Rockies recently and had a great time. This got me thinking it might be helpful to do a review of some of the prospecting clubs in Colorado.
Clubs have an important role in the gold prospecting community. However different clubs are good for different reasons and, heck, some of them aren’t even clubs…no matter what they call themselves, they are businesses. That’s ok too, let’s just be clear about what’s happening in each case.
Here are some of the currently active clubs I’ve had exposure to through the years:
Gold Prospectors of Colorado (GPOC)- based in Colorado Springs, has several claims, inexpensive to join, has meetings and outings. Best deal going for cheap access to claims coming from the front range. I’ve never actually been to a meeting but having spent time with their officers, I can say they are good folks 🙂 They host a forum but it’s for club members only. http://gpoc.club/
Gold Prospectors of the Rockies (GPOR) – based in west metro Denver, no claims, inexpensive to join, has meetings and lots of outings. Publishes a monthly newsletter, available for free on their website. No online forum. I’ve been a member for several years so I can say they have interesting meetings and interesting outings including digging trips and tours of various sorts. http://goldprospectorsoftherockies.com/index.html
Rocky Mountain Prospectors and Treasure Hunters Club – http://rmpth.com – based in Fort Collins. Meets in Loveland on the first Wednesday of the month. No claims, inexpensive to join, active with many gold prospectors.
Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club – http://www.grandjunctionrockclub.org – based in Grand Junction (duh). The gold mining group (aka The Grand Valley Gold Prospectors) meets on the second Tuesday’s of the month. They have several claims along the Delores River near Gateway and good knowledge of the area such as the Gunnison River and the Book Cliffs. A real bargain with good claims access for those near Grand Junction and a very helpful, welcoming approach. Also has a Facebook page.
Foothills Prospectors – based in west metro Denver, no claims but affiliated with the GPAA national org. Like most (all?) GPAA affiliates, you don’t pay anything to be a member of this club and you don’t actually have to join the GPAA! Has meetings and outings. Despite their down-home image, the GPAA itself is a for-profit business. Sadly their claims in Colorado are generally considered fairly poor so I would only join if I was planning to travel to other states where there are better claims to access. However, Foothills Prospectors has recently reorganized and is now doing quite a bit as far as both interesting meetings and outings. They have welcoming, energized leadership too 🙂 http://www.rockygems.com/foothills-prospectors.html
Western Colorado Chapter of GPAA – Based in Olathe, affiliated with the GPAA national organization. They meet on the third Thursday each month. The group stays up to date on access and regulations in the western part of the state. This group also provides their members with access to private claims on the San Miguel River that are not part of the GPAA general access. http://www.wcgpaa.org/ This group also has a Facebook page.
Colorado Springs Chapter of GPAA – http://www.cosgpaa.org
For profit businesses which operate clubs:
Colorado Prospector – what you get for your fee is information on places to prospect with an eye to filing your own claim. Has occasional telephone/virtual meetings and meet ups organized by members. This group is focused on gems (but also talks about gold, silver, etc). Few people realize there is more profit to be made for the casual prospector in gems than in gold. Has an online forum with a rather odd vibe on it. Some good info but many questions lead to being encouraged to join the club or being scolded to be careful (somewhat justified I agree). http://www.coloradoprospector.com/
Colorado Gold Camp (CGC)- doesn’t hold meetings but has what are often said to be the best “club claims” in the state. Expensive but worth it from what I can tell. Has a somewhat active online forum with some very knowledgeable people participating intermittently. http://coloradogoldcamp.com/
All of these clubs have websites of some sort as you can see. Many do not post info on their organized outings as that is only provided to members. Contact them directly for more info. Also: If the link provided doesn’t work, just google them by name…and let me know I need to update this page 🙂
Do you have other clubs you’d like to see mentioned? Have further questions about these clubs? …post a comment!
This site costs money to keep up. The only way it pays for itself is shopping referrals. If you appreciate the info here, please click thru one of my Amazon ads the next time you want to shop online. It won’t cost you anything extra and it keeps the site going: