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Thread: Finding gold in the San Juans Colorado where it was and ideas for finding new spots

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  1. #31
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    I was up near the Continental divide in the Rockies last summer and the skunk cabbage had overrun most of the area simply because all the trees are dead from beetles....

  2. #32
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    Hey uncle Matt, have you spent much time up here? Speaking from personal experience, what you are talking about with the overburden being over the bedrock on a slope is very dangerous when it does get saturated with rain and snow and is the perfect combination for a rock/ actually debris slide and depending on how thick it is could burry anything several feet deep! This isn't meant to be an insult, so please don't think it is, but because there is so much bedrock and it does get covered from time to time we have a lot of slides in some of the best spots for gold. So what I am trying to say about your spot is don't give up and look in some of the places you think it can't be and you just might find it, or something else.

  3. #33
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    Nov 2010
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    Hey Marmentman,

    I see you are in La Plata. Have you tried the mountains above Cuba? Between there and Coyote there's some decent gold.

    How about upriver from Abiquiu lake - there's gold there too. Over in the upper Brazos there's good gold.

    There's even gold around Canjilon if you have the huevos to hang with the locos. A good Rio Grande accent goes a long way in that part of the country.

    I can't tell you much about the area of the San Juan's you are looking in that you don't already know - not much placer gold there at all. It's hard rock country at best.

    You might want to look south or west.

    Just a suggestion.

    Heavy Pans
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  4. #34
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    Sep 2013
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    Hey clay diggings thanks for the tips. I have looked around the hopewell district but only briefly as I passed by, gold on the animas is better. However I have not looked around the other locations you mentioned, what do you mean be guts? Are they crazy in that area? Or because it's Rez? Either way true people get plumb crazy over gold unless you teach them some tricks, this typically breaks the water for me! Give them hope let them dig and soon it isn't worth their time, more gold for me! It is a special breed who will keep at it when everyone else gives up!

  5. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmentman View Post
    Hey clay diggings thanks for the tips. I have looked around the hopewell district but only briefly as I passed by, gold on the animas is better. However I have not looked around the other locations you mentioned, what do you mean be guts? Are they crazy in that area? Or because it's Rez?
    You are welcome Marmentman.

    La Alianza movement is still strong in the Mountains around Tierra Amirilla and Canjilón. Reies Tijerina is a name well remembered there. (Reies passed away just this past week so now is probably not a good time to try that area.)

    Those lands aren't Rez they are Spanish Grants. After living there for 200 years the Spanish there tend to think of the minerals as theirs, claim or no claim. Best to ask permission politely no matter what the Forest Service map says. If you don't speak high Spanish (not Mexican) you probably will have more problems getting their permission. Nice folk but a little suspicious of strangers.

    The only crazy one is the person who tries to dig above Canjilón without a local friend to point out where it's alright to dig.

    Heavy Pans

  6. #36
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    Sep 2013
    La Plata, nm
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    Is canjilon creek where the gold is or in the mountains? The reason I ask is there is a lot of land for sale along what looks to be a large creek up that way?

  7. #37
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    La Plata, nm
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    An again I think this is where showing them how to use the equipment and how much work it is for so little return would help. They would be the ones thinking we are crazy !)

  8. #38
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    In the mountains Marmentman.

    The folks up around Canjilón could give you a few tips on mining. They are the experts on mining that area. Many family mines up in those hills.

    Be nice, be humble and understand you may still get no for an answer.

    Heavy Pans
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  9. #39
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    Cool maybe I'll give it a try this spring

  10. #40
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    Jul 2012
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    I carry around a probe with me consisting of a simple steal rod with a handle bent into the end. When I am up in the high granite, I frequently push the probe through the soil, and often hit bedrock less than 3 feet down. While it is true that water saturation can cause slippage of overburden, I have yet to experience seeing that, or coming across a recent slide. There is a lot less precipitation up there these days than in centuries past, though I have been in some storms up there that were very intense. But still no sign of overburden sliding.

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    Clay, thanx for tip, I had that area N of Hopewell on my wish list but knowing the personality
    of the natives of Northern NM I think I'll pass.

  12. #42
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    Jun 2010
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    Just a thought about mudslides.
    Those of us on the Western Slope surely remember the large slide up near Mesa/Collbran last year. They never did find those guys. Although one would have not thought it could/would happen as that ground did not appear to be so saturated or unstable.
    Simply something to think about when out in the back country.

  13. #43

    Dec 2012
    on the rocks - so cal county line
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    Local guys , a old time bud moved to silver cliff at the base of the monte Cristo mountains .not sure if spelled right.
    He has a 90 acre place with a 100 yr old plus trappers cabin on it and he is not into gold but into law .
    Is this a good area to hunt ?
    Now that the dirty work is done all's that is left is the digging

  14. #44
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    Jun 2010
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    Wish I could help, but I'm in the GJT area.
    All I can say is to get a pan and try.

  15. #45
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    Jan 2012
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    ...yes! As you can see there were many mines north of town and in the Sangre de Christo mountains to the east.

    Just be sure to ask permission of ranchers before going on private property, etc etc
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