free gold panning



San Miguel River gold prospecting 3
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


2
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   Recently updated !



4
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 ...


3
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


6
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 ...




4
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


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



3
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”   Recently updated !




8
People have been “finding gold in Colorado” since well before there was a place called Colorado and are still actively doing it today. From American Indian residents of this area and early European explorers finding gold in the streams and using it in trade, to modern residents digging in their neighborhood […]

Finding Gold In Colorado