gold prospecting


Leadville loop trail, mineral belt trail
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. […]

Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail – a loop around Leadville


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Last fall I was driving by a construction site in our little town of Silverthorne. The site is a block west of the main highway through town and therefore about three blocks from the Blue River. The construction was for a new microbrewery and I noticed a big pile of […]

Silverthorne is built on a Placer Deposit


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 !



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There are quite a few places around here to buy prospecting supplies. When you need gear, please shop via my links or support your local shop. There’s nothing like looking at your choices in person to get what you need and getting expert advice as part of the bargain.   […]

Prospecting Stores across Colorado


Cache Creek Colorado prospecting rules 1
A must visit for any casual prospector spending time in the Colorado mountains, Cache Creek was a commercial operation that was shut down in the midst of productive operations. Of all the places open to casual prospecting in Colorado, this is the one to hit if you dream of finding […]

Cache Creek Prospecting Site   Recently updated !


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The Town of Fairplay has done what we all wish every town in gold country would do: bought some land on a gold bearing waterway and set up a prospecting park! See weblinks here: Where to start if you want to gold pan in Colorado The park consists of about […]

Fairplay town prospecting park – prospecting hints   Recently updated !



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 ...


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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?


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



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”





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Free places to gold prospect in Colorado

Where to start if you want to gold pan in ...


Prospector Jack does a great job showing where to prospect…much better than just “telling” right? You have located a prospect. So now what. This is what I look for. I look for what I call the gold line, and that is the path that gold will most often travel. There […]

Prospecting 101 (How To Read A River)




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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