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 electrically powered recirculating systems. The bad news includes new usage fees and limitations on the digging area. http://m.chaffeecountytimes.com/mobile/free_content/historic-site-of-hydraulic-mining-now-pits-recreational-users-against/article_11776770-6a2a-11e6-b649-cb5011fcb540.html They can do all of this because this is “re-aquired land”, not claimable public lands. The good news here is this site was purchased by the government specifically to accommodate casual prospectors like you and me. The gold here is (often) really good so go get some!
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