Jun 24, 2012, 04:56 PM
Getting paydirt in CO
My family and I are heading to Breckenridge next week. I plan on getting out and mding some. I would also like to bring back 10-15 gallons of dirt to pan. I am not familiar with the area and I would like to get some help with a decent location.
Jun 24, 2012, 11:00 PM
I am looking at a few old mine sites west of highway 9 south of breckenridge. Anybody spent much time in the area?
Jun 24, 2012, 11:05 PM
Those areas are claimed. Instead, look to areas near Clear Creek.
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Jun 25, 2012, 12:26 AM
Is 5 accessible by mini van? I was looking at Lincoln Lake area. Public prospecting?
Jun 25, 2012, 12:29 AM
Lincoln Lake looks like an old tailing pond. Or am I out in left field?
Jun 25, 2012, 11:48 AM
Along the Blue River and French Gulch is good.
Jun 25, 2012, 01:15 PM
Ken, pardon my ignorance but is somwhere like Blue lake open to panning. I can only devote about a half a day to detecting and retrieving my dirt so I want to have a few places in mind. I also have to include time to hike in/out from the road.
Jun 26, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Theres a public prospecting/camping area at the Wellsville/Texas Creek area on the Arkansas River. Also as stated above, Clear Creek on Highway 9 just above Golden, CO. It might be worthwhile for you to join the Gold Prospectors Association of America($67, you get a mining guide for claims in most states) or the Gold Prospectors of Colorado($18). Both clubs have accssable claims via minivan in CO.
Last weekend I spent a total of four hours at Clear Creek above Golden, and I got about 3/4 of a five gallon bucket of black sand con's. It's a good area, very accessable.
Last edited by nuggetshooter323; Jun 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM.
Jun 28, 2012, 12:02 AM
You can also try Clear Creek downstream from Golden - the area west of Youngfield St. for about 1/2 mile is busy with recreational prospectors most days!
Jun 28, 2012, 12:02 PM
Thank you guys for the information. Does anyone have plans for a trip next week?
Jun 28, 2012, 05:39 PM
Since you are coming in from Kansas, I should highlight that the Youngsfield site is right at the Youngfield exit off of I-70...it is right on the way for you!!
Jun 30, 2012, 06:05 PM
Just arrived in Breckinridge. Looking forward to a week here. I saw the Youngfield location on the way in. It's pretty much in town. I also noticed a bunch of activity in the Clear Creek area.. Should be fun!
Jul 02, 2012, 09:59 PM
Well we headed for Fairplay today. Didnt find anything but I did manage to get about 5 lbs of dirt from a couple different areas. The sluicers were out and pulling in some color. I think we may have been working too fast. I also think a smaller classifier is in the near future!
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