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. Here’s some of the more unique things I found:
- The Arkansas River anywhere downstream from Leadville. The water levels get very low and some gravels freeze but the low water level gives access to areas that aren’t safe in summer. Finding a location is a also little tricky since there are claims to avoid but open spots with good gold are out there.
- Clear Creek in the Clear Creek Canyon Open Space Park…similar story to the Arkansas River but lower elevation so usually a bit warmer, especially in a sunny spot. The high canyon walls are pretty but do mean lots of shade. More here: http://findinggoldincolorado.com/2015/12/07/clear-creek-canyon-tips/
- The many waterways of metro-Denver. Find a sunny spot, get warm by digging and enjoy the peace and quiet of having a spot all to yourself. I got out last Wednesday in south metro Denver and had a great time, you can too! More info on exploring in town: http://findinggoldincolorado.com/2016/05/28/finding-spots-to-dig-in-town/
- The most amazing spot is the Arapahoe Bar site on Clear Creek. This is just downstream of the Coors Brewery and all the water of the creek runs through a heat exchanger in the plant to cool the freshly brewed beer so the creek is pretty ice free and not soooo chilly on our toes 😉 Also the creek runs east-west in this area so there is plenty of sunshine (no shade until the trees leaf out in spring) and since it is in a gully, you are protected from the wind in most cases. Pretty mild conditions for winter prospecting indeed! Read my original post about Arapahoe Bar here: http://findinggoldincolorado.com/2016/01/14/arapahoe-bar-tips/
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