Many places across Colorado are worth visiting to learn more about the history & science of finding gold in Colorado. Some are worth a trip just to see them, others are more of a “see it if you happen to be in the area” sort of site. Which are which is a matter of personal taste in most cases of course. Virtually all of them make a good excuse to see a beautiful part of the state so, either way, “enjoy!”.
If you know of a cool museum, mine tour, gold mining ghost town hike, etc that I should add, feel free to let me know. Also consider joining the Facebook group ‘Finding Gold in Colorado’ to join the community of Colorado oriented gold prospectors and adventurers. Get your questions answered, advice found and prospecting buddies arranged too!
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Some of my readers here are planning a visit to the Rocky Mountains as part of a family vacation, prospecting adventure or other sojourn. If you are inexperienced with real mountains, you may have some anxieties about coming. Worried about extreme weather, fast moving rivers, dangerous animals, road conditions or screwy locals? Good. You should […]
Most people stop at Vic’s Gold Panning to learn to gold pan. No shock right? But, honestly, there are lots of places to learn to gold pan…although some are less picturesque or less convenient (“Vic’s” is on the way from Denver to Blackhawk/Central City so its an easy stop when you headed up for some […]
A visit to the WMMI will excite and educate anyone with an interest in gold mining in Colorado. Indeed this museum could almost be called the Colorado Museum of Gold Mining! When I visited I was thrilled to see their focus on gold mining while also educating on mining and mining history in general. Your […]
The next time you are in the Leadville area, consider walking or biking the Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail to see cool gold rush artifacts and mining sites. My wife and I drove due east from Leadville on 7th Street for a mile or so until we crossed the trail. We parked and walked a […]
Learning about gold placer mining includes everything from panning (which we all do) to sluicing, dredging and, at the large industrial scale, hydraulic mining. Maybe you’ve seen modern hydraulic mining on TV. The Gold Rush TV show included this technique when the Hoffman team was in South America and late one season on the claim […]
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 the web regarding Colorado gold. […]
If you are reading this now, you missed the grand opening but call about regularly scheduled tours or visiting hours. …to read more about this site and the area, check out this post: http://findinggoldincolorado.com/news-flash-new-viewpoint-at-cripple-creek-victor-mine/ Ok, sure Kevin, the tour sounds like fun but is there any gold I can pan there? Well, maybe barely. There […]
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 9 (just southwest of the […]
Newmont North America runs the huge open pit Cresson gold mine near Cripple Creek, a small town in the Colorado Rockies. The folks running the largest gold mine in Colorado today have done a lot to support the local community from sponsoring local sports leagues to donating the gold to cover the state capital dome. […]
If you make it to Denver, this is a must stop! The Hall of minerals has lots of gorgeous crystals, mineral samples and lots of gold, especially Colorado gold. Here’s the entry area on the ground floor of the museum: They are even encouraging everyone to “be a prospector”!! Here’s a preview of the gold […]
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 to take home a nice […]